Monday, April 14, 2014

Are You an Undiscovered Da Vinci?

EPSI may have the opportunity to host a drawing class for seniors. We have a gifted artist who is willing to volunteer to give drawing/sketching classes. The only cost would be a sketch book and some pencils. Right now we are just putting the idea out there to see if anyone is interested. You can learn a new skills while having some fun. Message us on Facebook or call us at 888-2177 if you think this is something you might enjoy.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

BELLY DANCING COMING SOON!!

Seniors belly dancing classes will start at the Parkview Senior Citizens Club (Central Street Summerside) at 9:30 a.m. on April 30. Anyone can join and it will be $2.00 per class. They are calling it Dancing with Pain, but people don't have to be in pain to join. Just drop in, have fun, and socialize a bit.

Friday, April 11, 2014

A SALUTE TO VOLUNTEERS


This is National Volunteer Week, and EPSI would like to take a moment to salute the many, many wonderful volunteers we have met. The number of seniors who volunteer is staggering. Volunteers are the backbone of their communities, and ...it is hard to imagine most organizations, clubs, or community groups without them. So, to all of you volunteers out there, a tip of the hat. Hope you know that you are noticed........and appreciated.
 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

A Nice Way to spend a Saturday!

Kudos to the PEI Seniors Secretariat for putting on a terrific day for seniors at Centre Belle-Alliance in Summerside today. The speakers were excellent, and the day was well organized. Congratulations to Maggie Cameron who won our Yankee Candle tart warmer prize. It was nice to meet so many new people and to say hello to a lot of our EPSI friends.


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

HOME SAFE HOME PROGRAM IS ROLLING OUT


Shown are the volunteers for EPSI's Home Safe Program getting ready to hit the road to do some home safety visits and distribute our beautiful home safety kits.   They are Resident Care Worker students from the Marguerite Connolly program.



HOME SAFE HOME

Keeping Seniors Safe in Their Homes

An East Prince Seniors Initiative program

Funding provided by Insurance Bureau of Canada, and

supported by Home Instead Senior Care,

Callbeck’s Home Hardware, and City of Summerside Fire Services

 

Home is where the heart is, but for Canadian seniors, it’s the place where most injuries are likely to happen.    The good news is that there are steps you can take to minimize your risk and keep you safe and comfortable at home.   (Seniors’ Guide to Living Safely—Insurance Bureau of Canada).

 

The Home Safe Home program was begun to help seniors take an objective look at their surroundings and point out some areas that could be risk factors.  At least one-third of all falls in seniors involve hazards in the home.

 

Home assessments will carried out by volunteers who will be using detailed checklists to point out potential safety hazards in the home.  The volunteers will be resident care worker students from the Marguerite Connolly Resident Care Worker program, who will have training in using the checklist.   The assessments are free, and the visit should take approximately 30 minutes.

 

The volunteers will assess seniors’ dwellings using the checklist, and leave behind suggestions (such as, taking up cotton mats, considering installing a deadbolt lock for the door, putting slip guards in tub, etc.)    Assessments will not include checks of electrical, heating or plumbing systems.    The checklist is focused on home safety, fall prevention, and accessibility issues…..some of the most prevalent causes of accidents.    These visits are not intended to replace occupational therapist roles.

 

A safety kit will be given as a thank you to homeowners who participate, compliments of The Insurance Bureau of Canada.   This kit will include slip strips for the tub, an electrical outlet bar, plug-in emergency light, microwave pot holders, printed information about programs and safety topics, and other items.    The City of Summerside Fire Department has provided a number of fire alarms for residents who do not currently have working alarms. 

 

The intent of the Home Safe Home program is to help seniors stay in their homes safely.  We encourage family referrals for loved ones.  Seniors who own their homes or are renting are eligible.  

 

The program will be offered to the first 100 seniors who live in Summerside who register, and the target date for these assessments is the end of March and first part of April, 2014.  To register, please call East Prince Seniors Initiative at 888-2177.