Whether it is a hot meal to an elderly woman or a bit of help around the house for a retired man, Northumberland Community Care has assisted people in need for more than 30 years. The programs are diverse. They include meals on wheels, transportation services for hospital visits, a host of support services to keep people living at home, plus hospice and palliative care.
Like so many other organizations, the pandemic left Executive Director Trish Baird and her staff trying to find ways to continue to serve this vulnerable group over the past two months. It took some creativity.
Transportation is a key service. This is heavily supported by volunteers. But that was no longer possible.
Technology became a vital part of the delivery.
The reaction from clients was telling.
Like so many others, Baird said Northumberland County residents have stepped up to help those in need.
Despite all the lockdowns and a few delays, the palliative care centre, Ed’s House, has continued construction. It was supposed to open in June, but now it looks like September. Baird explains.
While many of the clients miss the human connections, Baird said Northumberland Community Care continues to provide services. It is steadfast in maintaining its primary goal to help some of the highly vulnerable in the community when they need it most.