From Jenn McDonald
As you are all aware during the COVID-19 illness we have suspended our exercise and falls prevention programs until further notice on direction from the Ministry of Health. The safety of our clients, volunteers and staff are of utmost importance.
As we navigate this time with so many closures and service suspensions we remain focused on staying connected with our clients and volunteers and staff.
In case you missed it, Check out this video we featured on our social media channels to see Caitlin, one of our Falls Prevention Kinesiologists, demonstrate one of the exercises we’ve sent out to clients who are missing their classes right now!
For our exercise clients:
Our amazing staff Kinesiologists have developed in-home exercise movements for our exercise clients. Developed as a cue to what clients would have been doing in their classes already! We are happy to be able share it with them via email so that they may all continue to do some safe gentle movements in the safety of their own homes. We have shared it with our clients for whom we could access via email, and have had some great conversations checking in with those by phone as well.
In-home exercises (from March 19)
In-home exercises version 2 (from March 31)
For our staff and volunteers:
Now, more than ever, it is important to be kind to yourself!
Things you can do to support yourself:
Check out this link for some great online and telephone supports that are available at this time:
Kids Help Phone www.kidshelpphone.ca 1-800-668-6868
ConnexOntario www.connexontario.ca 1-866-531-2600
Big White Wall (BWW) (a partnership with Ontario Telemedicine Network) www.bigwhitewall.com
Client Safety Tip of the Month:
Physical (Social) Distancing
The concept of 'social distancing' has been passed around as the key activity every community member should undertake to help stymie the spread of the COVID-19 virus. However, health experts actually indicate that the term 'physical distancing' more accurately describes what is required of each of us. Limiting the amount of time spend physically present with other people also limits the risk of the virus being spread and transmitted. Cancel group events, such as weddings and birthdays, and do not allow visitors inside your home. Only head outside your home when absolutely necessary, such as to obtain groceries or head to work. If you do have to enter into public spaces, do not engage in physical contact, such as hugging, shaking hands, or letting other people pet your dog. Instead, keep a 'pool noodle's' distance (2 metres, or 6-8 feet) apart from others at all times.
However, there are still many ways you can maintain social contact with family, friends, and neighbours, without having to see them in-person. Consider making phone calls to loved ones, or using digital applications such as Skype, Zoom, Google Hangouts, Facetime, or Facebook Messenger to enjoy face-to-face communication. Even as we must distance ourselves for our collective physical health and safety, we should still reach out to one another for our collective mental and emotional wellbeing!