Bay Seniors now offers Friendly Neighbour program
Need help getting groceries or other necessities? Contact us!
The Bay Seniors Association is working to connect residents eager to be of help with seniors who may need assistance due to self-isolation guidelines and reductions in services caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Volunteers will pick up groceries, pharmacy items and household goods (e.g., laundry soap, pet food, lightbulbs, etc.) and deliver them to those who are unable to do so because of health or transportation issues during self-isolation.
Please, don’t hesitate to reach out. Public health continues to reinforce the importance of social distancing and social isolation in controlling the spread of this disease. Seniors, those with chronic heart, lung and kidney disease, and those with certain other medical conditions have been strongly advised to limit their exposure to public spaces. Accepting help from our neighbours at this time is not accepting charity–it is simply good sense, and helps to protect everyone in the community.
If you have recently returned from a non-Canadian destination, please remember that you are required to self-isolate at home for 14 days, even if you do not have symptoms of illness.
To request service, or for more information on the Friendly Neighbour initiative, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at 902-820-3334. We ask that all parties observe safe social distancing, and of course volunteers must be symptom-free.
How area businesses are helping keep seniors safer
Thank you to local retail stores, including Sobey’s, Lawton’s, the Superstore, Redmond’s Home Hardware, and the NSLC, for offering special shopping services to seniors and those with serious health conditions:
- Sobey’s, the Superstore and Lawton’s are reserving the first hour of each day, from 7 to 8 a.m., for seniors and immunocompromised shoppers. The stores have also implemented extra overnight cleaning protocols.
- Redmond’s Home Hardware is offering a shop-by-phone service. Residents may call the store to place their order, and Bay Seniors Friendly Neighbour volunteers will deliver the purchases.
- The NSLC is offering their first hour, now 10 to 11 a.m. for seniors and those with chronic health conditions, asking other shoppers to wait until later in the day.
Do you own or manage a local business? Please let us know what you’re doing during the COVID-19 outbreak to help keep our community safer. Email email@example.com.
Protect yourself from fraud
It’s heartening to know so many people are willing to help out in
times of need, like this one. But, sadly, there will always be bad
apples in every barrel. The RCMP and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre say
that to safeguard ourselves from fraudsters during the COVID-19
outbreak, we should:
- Not deal with any person or organization we don’t know, especially if they initiated contact with us. If we need information or help, we should reach out to trusted sources.
- Not click on email links and attachments we are not expecting, and that come from unknown or suspicious sources.
- Never give out personal or financial details.
Some scams that have already been reported in Canada include people making fraudulent offers of duct cleaning, air filters or household decontaminants to protect against COVID-19, people pretending to represent utilities and demanding payment, others offering to test for the virus or claiming to have a preventative or treatment, and those offering masks and sanitizers in exchange for a supposed donation to a real charity that they do not represent, among other scams.
The bottom line? For current, accurate information on the COVID-19 situation, visit Canada Public Health or watch and read news from reputable news agencies. If you are contacted by phone, email or in person by someone you suspect is committing fraud, do not give out any information or confront the source, but report the contact to the RCMP or the Canada Anti-Fraud Centre.
No volunteer from the Bay Seniors Friendly Neighbour initiative will ever contact you offering service. To access the program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a voicemail
message at 902-820-3334. That way, you can be sure you’re dealing with someone authorized by Bay Seniors to provide help.
Let’s meet up on Facebook: Bay Seniors wants to hear from you
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