Almost all of the Dauphin Senior Centre’s services have been temporarily put on hold.
Program co-ordinator Kim Armstrong says they're continuing with their congregate meal program, but as per government instructions, can only operate only on a take-out basis. Kim says it’s scary to think of how many seniors in our community will resort to a “tea & toast” diet without the Centre’s meal delivery program.
Earlier in March, the Centre’s doors were unlocked, and seniors were still able to come in and exchange books and puzzles.
Now the doors are locked. Seniors can come ring the bell at the Centre and get some assistance, but services are very limited right now. The congregate meal program is one of the only services still running.
“We’re keeping the meal program as a service to the seniors that are able to participate in it. People may come in and pick up their meal, but they have to leave. There is no congregating here.”
According to Kim, all of the Centre’s objectives have ground to a halt. They still offer support where they can, but are not able to provide that essential 1-on-1, in-person service.
“We are concerned about our seniors being isolated. We understand the distancing directives, but these people are already at risk of isolation, and this is putting them into a whole new category.
“It’s something we were not prepared for. I don’t know how anyone could have prepared for this.”
For now, Kim is playing the waiting game, and says she’s thinking ahead to when the Centre can get back to doing what they do. At the same time, safe delivery of services is going to remain the priority.
The Dauphin Senior Center is still taking phone calls at this time to offer support however they can, at 204-638-6485.