COVID-19 Updates for Senior Services

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Senior Happenings For June 1st , 2020

All activities are cancelled at the Binscarth Drop-In Centre until further notice

Val Ferguson will be working for Senior Services Monday to Wednesday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Hero Club meetings are cancelled until further notice

Hero Club meets every Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM 

Senior Services is working on a Virtual Seniors Active Agers exercise program to be available through ZOOM. Seniors could watch the exercise program on their Computers, IPads or Cell Phones. Virtual Seniors Active Agers is taught weekly by Kaelynn Hayden. Starting date for this will be May 25 through to June 17, there will be 8 classes. There is no charge for this service  

With these classes on ZOOM you would be able to work out in your own home or wherever you'd like. You will be given instructions on how use ZOOM via email and also instruction over the phone. 

We would need everyone’s email in order to put this into place, If you want register you still can.

Please provide Val Ferguson & Kaelynn Hayden with your email address; 

Val Ferguson -

Kaelynn Hayden -

Classes on Zoom will be every Monday and Wednesdays from 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM.

Those who do not have good internet may not be able to use ZOOM but this is all we can do presently with COVID-19 restrictions. 

Looking forward to getting back into shape! These exercises are funded by the Manitoba Government.

Any questions leave Val a message via email -



Arbuckles and Senior Services have banned together to help the communities by delivering meals. 

Each week you have a choice of the following;

3 Meals for $35.00

2 Homemade Soups 

500 ml for $5.00

1 Liter for $10.00

Each meal contains a small dessert

Delivery to Towns;

  • Binscarth delivery will be made for in town residents.
  • Russell residents with have their orders delivered on Wednesday morning.
  • Birtle & St. Lazare delivery will be Wednesday afternoon if there is enough people.
  • People from other towns not mentioned can order but they must have someone picking them up. 

You must order by Saturday to ensure Tuesday delivery.

This meal program is for people of all ages there is no age limit. 

For questions please contact Val Ferguson 204-532-2134 or Arbuckles 204-532-2099 

Arbuckles will be continuing this service for June as well!


Robs Place is open Monday through Friday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM.

You can phone them at 204-532-2067 to pre-order, orders can be picked up by the door or they will delivered at 4:00 PM

If you want to check if they have something please call, if they can order it in they will. 

Now you can also Greenhouse shop starting May 20 to end of May.


Senior Services  

We have available pedal bikes (Oxyciser) which you sit on a chair and pedal for exercise available through Senior Services.

If you’re interested in taking one home to use give Val a call 204-532-2134 and She will put you on the waiting list. They will be coming and going as needed.  People are finding them very beneficial.


Senior Services

A qualified pool player instructor that is willing to teach people who want to play pool at the Centre after school or in the evenings. 

Cancelled for now but you can still let Val know if interested.


Cancer Care Manitoba 

CancerCare Manitoba clinicians are diligently working to identify how to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19 and provide alternatives to in-person visits when appropriate. There are also times when patients must be seen in person or receive treatment at a CancerCare Manitoba location and maintain risk reduction strategies to limit contracting COVID-19.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, older adults with cancer may experience unanticipated/unplanned challenges that could negatively impact their ability to safely access cancer care.

This may mean some older adults will require some financial assistance related to travel/transportation and accommodations to attend their cancer related appointments and treatment.

We are reaching out to inform you CancerCare Manitoba has access to limited funds to support our patients requiring additional assistance for their cancer care.

If you are currently supporting an older adult with cancer who is requiring assistance for reasons related to COVID-19, we encourage you to submit a request to Please note that all requests will be reviewed and we cannot guarantee all requests will be accommodated.


Brandon University

We are interested in the impact of COVID-19 on older adults (65+) living in rural communities, how it is affecting their mental health, and what their needs are during this time. Researchers at Brandon University in the Departments of Geography and Environment, Rural Development, Psychology, Education, and Psychiatric Nursing are seeking older adults living in rural areas and small towns in Manitoba (with a population of less than 10,000 people), who would like to participate in a study on how COVID-19 has affected their mental health. 

Participants will be asked to take part in a one hour telephone interview at a time that suits them. Participants will be asked a few background questions, followed by questions about their mental health and how it might be affected as a result of COVID-19. Participants will be given an opportunity to take part in a follow-up interview a month after the first interview.Participation in the study is completely voluntary. 

Any information the participants share will remain completely confidential. Participation in the study will help us to understand how rural community health care workers are impacted, what their mental health needs are during COVID19 and will inform critical responses to the pandemic.Please contact Dr. Rachel Herron, or 431-301-3032 with any questions or for more information.


Brian Pallister - Covid-19

Brian Pallister "The conditions are now right to begin to expand services safely. Our active case numbers are low, and we are not seeing significant community transmission. We have the health care capacity, should more cases emerge. More personal protective equipment is being made available. A critical element of our ‘flattening’ efforts so far, and a hallmark of our continued success, will be continued high levels of testing, tracking and isolation.  Expanding services must be done in a thoughtful, limited, and phased manner. 

That means we first open important health services, such as elective surgery, diagnostic screening and therapeutics. Our essential businesses will continue to operate. Then we can slowly allow other businesses to operate in a limited manner, such as retail stores, restaurants and personal services businesses. We want to allow people the opportunity to enjoy our beautiful spring and summer outside, while keeping safe through ongoing physical distancing guidelines and limited gatherings.  

Throughout each phase we will monitor key indicators and respond quickly to keep Manitobans safe. At the conclusion of each phase, we will signal our readiness to proceed to the next.  Manitobans have always had a great sense of optimism and giving hearts. I know that this been a trying time, but together we will get through this pandemic, and become a stronger province for it.”