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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 9, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta IB ~ THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Fridoy. February 9, 1973 Concern is friend to elderly Lending a helping hand Providing necessary services for the elderly, the handicapped and the disabled is the purpose behind Concern, a recently-formed Lethbridge service group. All types of services are performed, from ironing, to giving rides to and from doctors' appointments, shovelling snow, or writing a letter. Shown are Concern, members, Allison Shaw, left, a homemaker helping with the housework; and driver Charles Lockstidf and laborer John Demers, helping a friend into the car. All sen-vices are completely free of charge for all who may require any help around the home. By JUDE TUttIC Herald Staff Writer Service to the elderly, t h e handicapped and the disabled is what Concern is all about. The handful of people involved are there to assist the elderly by doing chores and generally helping cut wherever needed. Helen Shaw, originator of the project, said she felt there was a real need in Lethbridge for this type of program. "There are so many elderly people who nesd to have someone to take care of them, even if it means curling their hair, shovelling the walk, reading a letter or just being with them for an hour to listen and show that someone cares." The project, which is being run under the local initiatives program, is financed by the 1 federal government. "The services we provide are completely free of charge to anyone who needs something done," explained the Concern social worker, Terry Gall. "Initially, we're met with suspicion because the people just can't believe we're willing to help them in any way, and not send a bill for services later on. "But after one or two visits from us, they accept and welcome our workers." Miss Gall said that Concern has employed a driver, a laborer and three homemakers. The laborer does handiwork around the house, from tacking down tiles to clearing walks and taking out garbage. Homemakers provide the bulk of the services such as grocery shopping, vacuuming, cleaning, laundry, and various other small jobs around the home which' the elderly themselves cannot do. 'We often provide compan- ionship to many people," added Miss Gall, "or if a person enjoys the theatre, one of our homemakers will come over and take him out." Transportation ./or staff and clients is supplied by a full-time driver. "Our driver is available to persons who might have a doctor's appointment, or perhaps have to get back and forth from therapy sessions, or for a number of other reasons," said Mrs. Shaw. "There are so many things that an elderly person could use a little help with, and we are here to see that they can get it - without paying a thing." Those persons Concern has contacted have been referred through city agencies such as the Victorian Order of Nurses, the health unit and the local representative of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. "Before we go into a home," said Miss Gall, "I go and explain what the group can do and just generally allay any fears that the person might have. USC aid According to the Korean Education Ministry's statistics, there are at present 289 vocational high schools and 28 vocational junior colleges in the nation with a combined enrolment of about 58,000. Graduates of these institutions receive preferential treatment in carrying out their military duty. The Unitarian Service Committee underwrites vocational courses for many children in USC Homes in Korea. USC Headquarters is at 56 Sparks Street, Ottawa KIP 5B1. "It introduces Concern to the person, and is much better than sending over several people and saying "here we are." The project will operate through to May 31st, although the group has hopes of it continuing on a permanent basis. " "What we'd like to do is to show that there is a need for this kind of . service in ' the city," commented Mrs. Shaw: "a service that takes oare of immediate needs." "We'd also like to get to people who might live next door to an elderly person who they feel could use some help," she continued, "even if it is to have one of us look in once in a wliile to moke sure everything is alright." "The VON's and the health nurses just don't . have the time to take care of all these small needs - but .we do, and we're willing to do it." Anyone interested in having any service provided by the Concern group, is asked to phone 328-0804, or come to office 101 - A, ground floor, of the Professional Building, 8th St. ar.d 4th Ave. S. ANNE TARRIES . . . president Officers elected The Golden Mile Senior Citizens' Centre recently held an annual meeting and the election of officers. Executive members to hold a two year term of office are Miss Aiine Farries, president; Mrs. Mildred Lawua, first vice president; and John Pclham, second vice president. Directors will be Clint St'ata, Mrs. Gladys Fames, Mrs. Dorothy Pickering and Jim Mac-Donald. Other officers include secretary Mrs. .Ada Hunter and treasurer Mrs. Arley Wilson. Executive director of the centre is Mrs. D. Anderson. DO YOU NEED HELP? THE LETHBRIDGE ASSOCIATION FOR THE MENTALLY RETARDED 15 OFFERING A NEW SERVICE "TAKE A BREAK" For parents of children with all types of handicaps, in Lethbridge and surrounding area. DAY CARE CENTER MON., THURS. AND FRI. BABYSITTING IN THE HOME, ETC. For further information call 327-2911 Home care program for aged EDMONTON (CP) - Care for the aged must begin to concentrate on looking after the elderly in their own homes, a seminar on mental health and aging was told here. Lou Protti, direptor of standards and field services for the WeeWliimsy cite Andrew Bourjot recfllvss the drawing for his Wee Whimsy. Send yours to this paper. Alberta Hospital Services Commission, said programs 'must provide support functions to keep as many elderly people in their own beds as possible.' This would include homecare programs in addition to day hospitals where elderly people could receive treatment during the day and return home at night. About 80 people including representatives from the Society for the Retired and Semi-retired and high school students attended the seminar sponsored by thg University of Alberta extension department. - Mr. Protti told the seminar the need for homecare programs was evident because although Alberta has one of the most extensive institutional programs in North America, there are lengthy waiting lists for beds in nursing homes. Alberta has 3.6 nursing home beds per 1,000 population - more than twice the generally accepted formula of 1.5 beds per 1,000. However, there is a waiting list of between 1,500 and 2,000 people for nursing home beds. There are also lengthy wait- CASH BINGO ST. BASIL'S HAU-Cor. "i3)h St. and 6tb Ave. N. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9rh - 8:00 O'CLOCK 4th and 8th Games $30 in 7 NUMBERS-12th Game $40 5 CARDS FOR SI.00 OR 25c EACH riACKOUT JACKPOT $155 - 58 NUMBERS LUCKY NAME DRAW WORTH $28 LUCKY NUMBER DRAW WORTH $7 Persons Under 16 Years Not Allowed SPONSORED BY ST. BASIL'S MEN'S CLUB ing lists for apartments In senior citizens' residences, he said "Institutions should only be considered as a last resort," said. Mr. Proti. Sister Mary Zuscar of the Society for the Retired and Semi-retired said there still is a need for. residences in which housekeeping and meal service would be provided for the elderly people unable to do these things for themselves. Sometimes these people cannot remain in their own homes because the homes aren't designed to be used by elderly people, she said. calendar of la ic LEISTERS' COMING EVENTS * L.C.I. Concert Featuring the P.P.C.L.I Military Band and L.C.I. Green and Gold Band L.C.I. Auditorium Toes., Feb. 13 - 7:30 p.m. L.C.C. Presents Chinook Winter Carnival With George De Souza in Concert Sunday, Feb. 11th -7 and 9:30 p.m. LEISTERS' MUSIC LTD. i Paramount Theatre Bldg. Phone 328-4080 ocal happenings The Lethbridge and District Oldtimers' Pemmican C 1 u o rooms will be open from 9-11:30 p.m. Saturday There will be games in the lounge and dancing in the north room. A light lunch will be served. * * * The regular monthly meeting of Vasa Lodge No. 579 will be held in the Scandinavian Hall, Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Lola Wall will give a short talk on mental health. Hostesses will be Dolly Belle, Blanche Carlson, Grace Carlson, Asta Cederberg, Debbie Christiansen and Peggy Zalesak. * * * Southminster Circle Square Dance Club will hold the regular dance Saturday at 8:30 p.m. in Southminster hall. All square dancers welcome. Women are asked to please bring a box lunch. * * * Faith Rebekah Lodge will meet Monday at 8 p.m. in the IOOF hall. Members are asked to please bring books and paper-backs for the lending library. Visiting Rebekahs welcome. * � * The annual Valentine tea and bake sale sponsored by the Lethbridge Cubs and Scouts will be held Saturday from 2:30 to 4:30 in Southminster church hall. Donations to the bake table will be gratefully accepted. Everyone welcome. FOOD FOR WORRK Barley provided by the Unitarian Service Committee is used as payment for construction workers in Korea. In 1971 30,000 lbs. of barley were paid to 900 men and women who worked for 60 days to build 50 paved steps into a mountain road. USC Headquarters is at 56 Sparks Street, Ottawa KIP 5B1. If you worked in 1972, you'll get aT4 income tax slip from your employer covering your earnings. If you received from UIC al&y slip 1. When your T4U arrives in the mail., please keep it Just like the familiar T4, it must be attached to your federal income tax return. Tax withheld on your T4U is applicable to your total tax payment due. 2. If you haven't received your T4U. please don't telephone. If possible, visit your local Unemployment Insurance Canada office, Canada Manpower Centre or Canada Post Office and fill out and mail the card we designed for this purpose. Soon after you will receive your duplicate T4U. I* Unemployment Insurance Assurance-chomage Canada Canada ;