Community Support

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Andrea Mills, Community Support Worker
Coordinates delivery of a wide variety of volunteer and community support programs. For more information about any of these programs contact: the Community Support office at 629-3346 or communitysupport@shaw.ca

Community Support Programs
Meals on Wheels
Hot meals are delivered each Monday, Wednesday and Friday by friendly volunteers to those who have difficulty obtaining adequate nutrition. Please contact Community Support at 629-3346 or communitysupport@shaw.ca to find out more.

Wheels to Meals Luncheon 
A delicious hot meal and great companionship are waiting for you, Fridays at noon from September to June. Why eat alone? Lunch is just $8.00. Call Community Support at 629-3346. New diners are welcome.

Maintain Your Independence Exercise Classes
Staying fit and strong helps to maintain good balance and prevent injuries from slips and falls. Classes run September to June. The cost for 8 sessions is an amazing $35 when you pre-register or $40 after the pre-registration date. Please contact the Community Support office at 629-3346 or communitysupport@shaw.ca to register.

Tuesdays                             
9:45 Moderate Yoga                                                     9:45 Moderate Specialty Activity
11:15 Gentle Exercise for Recovery & Wellness          11:15 Gentle - Moderate Strength & Stretch
12:30 55+ Moderate Yoga for Men

‘Moderate’ classes are designed to enhance vitality and well being; these classes will help participants gain improved flexibility, balance, strength, energy and posture.  Classes are designed with the active senior in mind and frequently include floor work, balance and cardio exercises.
 
‘Gentle’ classes are non-impact workouts for those who want to exercise but cannot stand for long periods of time, have limited mobility/ range of motion or are working on physical recovery after illness or injury.  Classes use upper and lower body movements and the exercises are done in and out of chairs with no floor work.
 
Classes can build strength, cardiovascular endurance, flexibility and balance, and improve abdominal and lower back strength.  If these programs suit your needs and abilities you are welcome to join and needn’t be over 55.  Please wear comfortable loose clothing and walking shoes to all classes.
 
Many thanks to the CRD/Pender Parks and Recreation Commission for its financial support of the MYI programs.

55+ Take A Break!
Enjoy an afternoon of  fun, games and friendships in a relaxing atmosphere. 3rd Thursday of each month from September to June.

 PI Living Well
Presentations dedicated to sharing resources for aging well. First Thursday of each month from September to June at the Clinic Meeting Room.
 
Elder College
General interest programs for people 50+. Join us a class or teach a class on anything from Art to Zoology. Do you have a hobby or skill which you are knowledgeable enough to teach a introductory class about? We would like to hear from you!
 
Chronic Pain Self Managements
A 6 week workshop, provides tools that help to self-manage your condition and/or pain.  For more information go to http: /www.selfmanagementbc.ca
 
Pender Islands Medical Equipment Loan Cupboard
A wide variety of medical equipment items are available to support those who are frail or ill. Items include: walkers; wheelchairs; crutches; canes; raised toilet seats; commodes; bath seats and benches; bed rails; and a number of reaching and dressing aids. Compression mattresses, floor to ceiling poles and hospital beds are available upon request. Please contact the Community Nurses at 629-3242 to discuss your need and arrange for pick up.

Volunteer Programs
Volunteer Drivers
Volunteers provide rides for on or off island medical appointments. Off-island riders must provide a Travel Assistance Program form from their Doctor or Nurse. Drivers are also needed for the Meals on Wheels program.
 
Volunteer Visitors/ Telephone Tree
Are you getting out less and would like a friendly person to  come by for an occasional visit.  If you would like to volunteer, a happy disposition, good listening skills and the sincere enjoyment of conversation are all the requirements needed. If you have trouble getting out yourself you could  make a friendly phone call to others to ensure their safety and provide a welcome voice each day. Please call the Community Support office at 629-3346 to get involved.

H.O.P.E. Programs
Caregivers Support Group

Caring for others who are ill or infirm can be tiring and lonely, connect with others who have or who are facing the same challenges. Meets 4th Friday of each month at the Health Centre Meeting room
 
Hospice Support 
Hospice volunteers provide support, compassion and assistance to those facing end of life issues and their families.

Bereavement Support
For those who have experienced a significant loss, grief shared is grief diminished. For more information call Community Support Services - 629-3346. A small lending library on the topics of grief and mourning is available in the waiting room of the Pender Islands Medical Clinic

Information Resources
Do you need help finding information  about community or government services, activities or resources? Contact us and we will try to help.
 
Would you like the monthly Social, Health, and Wellness newsletter emailed to you? Email:
communitysupport@shaw.ca

Better at Home Programs
These programs provide many services for seniors who might like or need a little extra help to stay comfortable and safe in their homes and involved in our community. We won’t send just anyone into your home. Once we know your circumstances, we will place the most compatible person to help you with what you need.
 
Friendly Helpers
Part companion, part helper, these lovely people will let you live more comfortably by helping with: light housekeeping, pick-ups and deliveries, accompaniment on outings (walks, shopping or appointments), light yard work, firewood preparation, check in after storms/ power outages, garbage and recycling. They will also be able to offer support to caregivers and short term support for seniors who are returning from hospital or are recovering from an illness. The Friendly Helpers come to you when and where you need them – you only pay for the help you need; the cost is based on your income level and can be partially or fully subsidized.
 
Youth - Friendly Helpers
Part mentee, part helper, these young folks will be gaining work experience and can help you with a variety of jobs such as lawn mowing, yard maintenance, painting, computers, household technology, indoor cleaning, pet care and more. Some jobs they will be able to easily do and others will require your guidance. You only pay for the help you need; the cost is based on your income level and can be partially or fully subsidized.
 
Specialist Contractors
Is your home safe for you to age in place? These handy folks will perform a safety check to make sure your home is safe and sound, help with things like light home maintenance and checkups, and will check for and make simple accessibility adaptations. You only pay for the help you need; the cost is based on your income level and can be partially or fully subsidized.