Starting Tuesday, Sept. 3 Home Assistance Neepawa and District (HAND) will be offering the midday meal every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (except holidays).
This meal is served at 11:45 a.m. in the dining area of the Yellowhead Manor 310 Davidson.
Anyone 55-plus, or living with a disability, is eligible to attend. The congregate meal was started in 1990 with around 10 people attending three days per week and has grown to around 36 attending on a regular basis.
A big thank you to the staff, meal patrons, and the many volunteers who make this program a fun, social, and well attended program.
Starting Sept. 3, if you are interested in attending the meal program please contact Sherry Grieder at 204-476-5218 any Tues, Wed, Thurs, or Fri morning. Pre-booking is necessary for attendance.
We are very fortunate to be able to partner with the Neepawa and District Handy Transit and offer a ride to and from the meal as well as the meal for a very reasonable cost.
Pre-booking your ride is also necessary.
Elder Abuse Awareness
The World Elder Abuse Awareness (WEAAD) day held June 15 was well attended and an enjoyable, informative day.
A big thank you to all presenters, volunteers, and attendees that made the day such a success. If you require information or resources on this topic please contact Genie Barnaby at 204-476-2009. Also, the local RCMP can be very helpful in providing information and support by contacting 204-476-7340 or for emergency assistance after hours by calling 204-476-7338.
Without Walls; Telephone Activities
Senior Centre Without Walls Free Telephone Activities is a free program provided through Age and Opportunity Support Services for Adults and will be offered in Neepawa and area this fall.
This program offers free educational and recreational programs over the phone. There is no cost to register and participants call into a toll free number. AO will also call participants into the line that are unable to do so themselves.
The program and activity fall guide will run from October to December 2013, with the winter guide being planned later.
The summer program offered such items as Moon Day in July commemorating the day man first walked on the moon in 1969; What Will Be Your Legacy discussed the role of passing down values from generation to generation; Biographies were discussed on Nellie McClung and Anne Frank in July.
There are a variety of subjects and activities so please call Genie at the HAND office 204-476-2009 if you would like to sign up for the new Guide and the October- December sessions. This fun event may help make our winter days/evenings a little less long!!
Safety in Your Home
SafetyAid program offers a better sense of safety and security in your own home. This free program will be offered in Neepawa in October, 2013.
A qualified staff from Age and Opportunity will be in our community to do free home safety and fall prevention checks with individuals and couples who are 65-plus. Call (204) 476-2009 to sign up for your private one-on-one evaluation.
Please remember that Home Assistance Neepawa and District is a local support services to seniors and clients with disabilities program that assists people in the community of Neepawa, and the surrounding Rural Municipalities of Glenella, Langford, Lansdowne, and Rosedale.
Wrap on 2013 events
New year 2013 saw events such as evening exercises in the Yellowhead Manor and Elks Manor, Pharmaceutical educational presentations by Kristin Nelson, a Walker and Safety check and Blood pressure clinic courtesy of Harris Pharmacy Home Health staff member Lisa Walsh, and Let No One Be Alone celebrations being held at the congregate meal program.
In April 2013 our office was able to offer the volunteer income tax filing for clients on limited income. The Mature Driver Safety Course was offered in Neepawa and Glenella with the instructor coming back in August to provide a 15–30 minute driver evaluation for anyone who had attended the spring course - 12 people were very brave and attended the free one-on-one evaluation.
The lifeline program continues to grow with up to 75 clients using this service as a safety support in their home.
Our Alzheimer memory walk was held on a beautiful summer day with 120 residents, staff, volunteers, and families taking part in the event. Everyone enjoyed tasty barbecued hamburgers, hot dogs, and ice cream donated by local businesses and organizations.
HAND was very fortunate to obtain funding from Canada Summer jobs for a six-week summer student, Raeghan Smith, who was a valuable staff member assisting with office procedures, home visits, life line installs/ pro active work, activities and the meal program. We wish her well as she returns to University this fall!
We appreciate all the local businesses, organizations, and health care providers for the support provided to our seniors program and look forward to another eventful fall and winter.
Our office is located on 430 Brown Avenue in Neepawa and you can call the office at any time at (204) 476-2009 and leave a message.