COVID-19 Updates for Senior Services

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Russell Banner Short Version #2 report of Val Ferguson Apr.15, 2021

--Binscarth Drop In Centre – Closed during Covid Red!  Rentals contact Edna Thompson 204-532-2307.

Senior Services--Val will be working out of her office please call for appointment.

Rentals contact Edna Thompson 204-532-2307.

Senior Services of Banner County Handivan is pleased to announce that we will be offering FREE rides for SENIORS to attend appointments for their Covid vaccines within our catchment area.  We are able to transport any members living in the same household together in the vehicle or otherwise it would be an individual pickup.  Masks must be worn and health recommendations followed at all times. We will try our best to accommodate but please understand that we may already be booked during your appointment time. Please call Michael directly to book your ride at (204) 773-6945 or Val Ferguson (204) 532-2134 (Binscarth) or Darlene Harman (204) 773-2316 (Russell) for more information.  This FREE service is being provided for the Covid vaccine appointments only and will be offered for a limited time period.  We are very grateful to be able to offer this service as a result of having received the “One-time Top Up Grant” - provided to sponsoring Municipalities of Handi-Transit services funded by the Mobility Disadvantaged Transportation Program.

FYI:   Covid Vaccine:  Keep checking, eligibility criteria is being expanded as vaccine comes in. Spouses and household members, individuals can now make an appointment @ the same time as long as both individuals meet currant eligibility requirements.  Call 1-844-626-8222 or go to web site:  Val has Covid 19 Consent forms in her office.  You need to take this form in with you filled out to your appointment.  I also have Factsheets about the vaccine as well.  These forms can also be obtained online at the above address.  Note: Pop up Clinics will be happening throughout Manitoba watch carefully to catch one.  If you received your one vaccine in Brandon you have to have your second one there.   But if you haven’t received any yet you can change your appointment to one that is closer to you.


New:   Quilting Mondays 7-9 pm.  Contact Lesley Sawchuk 204-532-2416 or Laurel Boucher 204-532-2357 before attending.  Only 5 people can quilt at a time.  Wear masks and Covid rules apply.

Active Agers virtual exercise classes start date for the next 7 weeks is Tuesday April 13.  Tuesday: 10AM-11AM  Thursday: Virtual  10-11am.  Contact Val for particulars.

“Get BetterTogether” a free six wk. program for better living with ongoing health conditions.  Learn to manage pain, set and meet goals, start exercise program, deal with fatigue, increase energy levels, Skills to Cope.   Support to Thrive. Available through Zoom.  Wednesdays April 21-May 26, 2021.  Time 6:30-8:30pm.  You will need access to Internet and Google Chrome browser to join our Zoom program.   Register email: or 1-877-509-7852.  Registration is required!

Vibra Pro Machine and Pedal Bikes (Oxyciser) available; wheelchair is available for rent.

--Age Friendly Brandon info line 1-204-729-2525.   They will help you find the information you need to connect to community social and recreation activities.

An online and physical Senior’s paper is available.  Check it out @

On line check out through Facebook “Valleyview Virtual Tutoring for Seniors.   This is a free avenue that you can get free 5 minute videos about different things you can learn about the IPad and Iphone.  First you join the group and then you have access to these different lessons on your own time whenever you wish to watch the video.  Some Topics are: 

1.  Internet Safety, different email scams and phishing  

2.  How to use UTube  

3.   Download apps and games  

4.  How to navigate contacts, reminders and notes 

5.  How to use Siri  5.  How to play games on your device 

7.  Different email programs  

8.  How to navigate different apps  

9.  How to use Spotify and Sound Cloud  

10.   Video explaining Zoom.   

11.Library Apps/Websites.   

12.  How to use “Find My”.  

13.   Google 

14. How to stay safe and run Facebook and Messenger.

--Age Friendly Brandon info line 1-204-729-2525.   They will help you find the information you need to connect to community social and recreation activities.  How to Guide: Tips for moving from the rural living to City Living.  This guide is at Val’s office if interested.

211: Help should not be complicated or stressful.  Let 211 help you navigate the mental health care system.