On a monthly basis, professionals and post secondary students provide their services to assist seniors with legal consultations, foot care, hearing consultations & massages. Also, during the income tax season, community volunteers help seniors complete their income tax returns. Year round, volunteer seniors as part of Nord-Bridge’s Seniors Helping Seniors Program, are on hand to help fill out government forms and counsel on financial assistance programs. For further details on all programs please see below.
PROGRAM & SERVICES
Dr. Schow – Foot Care – 10:00 am – 12:00pm Wednesday, Feb. 2, Mar. 30, May 25, & July 20. This service is available to Nord-Bridge Members Only. Appointments are necessary. Please book appointments at the Reception Desk. If appointments are all booked – you will be placed on a waitlist and will be given a spot on the next foot clinic date. If you have an appointment and are unable to make it, please call Nord-Bridge to let us know so we can fill your appointment with someone on the wait list. A $15.00 co-pay per patient, per visit will be charged by Dr. Schow. Please be advised all nail care patients will be required to provide their own towel to place their feet on for nail care appointments.
Lawyers of Huckvale LLP – Legal Consultation is offered the Second Monday of the month from 9:00 to 11:30 am: May 9, June 13, July 11. This service is for Nord-Bridge Members Only, members can sign up at the Reception Desk for 1/2 hour free consultations. These are initial consults only. Allan will discuss members’ needs and offer advice on how best to legally proceed.
Coffee with a Constable, Jamie Kenyon with Lethbridge Police Services – Constable Jamie Kenyon will sit down and chat with you about any questions you may have regarding law enforcement, and concerns. Constable Kenyan will be here the second Wednesday of each month from 10:00 am – 11:00 am.
Lethbridge Elder Abuse Response Network – If you or someone close to you who is an older adult has been victimized by a family member, spouse, partner, friend, caregiver or other person in a position of trust, give them a call at 403-394-0306.
Candice and Jake Boldt of Lethbridge Hearing Centre – offers FREE hearing tests and consultations every third Thursday of the month from 10:00 am until Noon to Nord-Bridge Members Only. Candice or Jake will be here on Jan. 20, Feb. 17, Mar. 17, May 19, & June 16. Appointments are necessary. Please book your 1/2 hour appointment at the Reception Desk. Appointments are necessary. Please book your half hour appointment at the Reception Desk.
Seniors Helping Seniors Tax and Form Assistance – The “Seniors Helping Seniors”
program at Nord-Bridge is staffed by a team of knowledgeable volunteers Wednesday and Thursday mornings year round. The team includes eight tax preparers during the tax season of March-April and during the balance of the year, “ Seniors Helping Seniors” volunteers assist with filing of late returns, and help seniors qualify, or re-qualify, for benefits available under the Provincial Alberta Seniors Benefits. Special Needs Assistance Programs for Seniors; Federal Old Age Security; Guaranteed Income Supplement; and Canada Pension Plan benefits. Please phone the Reception Desk at 403-329-3222 to talk with one of our tax volunteers on Wednesday & Thursday mornings.
Community Volunteer Income Tax Program – If you are unable to complete your income tax and benefit return by yourself and are unable to pay for assistance, our Community Volunteer Income Tax Program may be for you. Each year volunteers from the community are trained by Canada Revenue to complete simple income tax returns. Volunteers do not complete income tax and benefit returns for deceased persons, bankrupt individuals, or individuals who have capital gains or losses, employment expenses, or business or rental income and expenses. Please note volunteers cannot prepare returns for incomes over $25,000 for a single person and $30,000 for a couple. This program is offered from February to April, dates will be announced once volunteers are confirmed. No appointments will be allowed however, Income taxes can also be dropped off at Nord-Bridge (please make sure all your tax information is included, along with your birth date, marital status, phone number, and social insurance number) between Monday-Friday 8:30 am– 3:30 pm. This is a FREE service.
Seniors Systems Navigators (SSN)- Charlene Kocken is one of our Senior Systems Navigators as part of the Seniors Community Services Partnership with LSCO, The Canadian Mental Health Association, and the Lethbridge Housing Authority. They collaborate with existing community services to assist older adults, seniors and their families with a variety of aspects of daily living allowing individuals to maintain their independence and remain in their homes. Services are individualized and driven by psychosocial assessments and seniors centered service planning inclusive of:
-Support to navigate and access community, health and social resources
-Assistance in understanding, accessing and applying for financial benefits/assistance
-Support to access seniors independent or supported housing
-Emotional support to facilitate healthly coping habits and social engagement
-Case Management of seniors experiencing complex psychosocial needs
-Facilitate educational and support groups
-Outreach support as needed
Charlene is in Nord-Bridge various days of the week so please call 403-329-3222 to set up a time to meet with her.
COMPASS for the Caregiver- NEW
This is a supportive facilitated workshop for anyone 55+ who identifies as a caregiver for a spouse, children, grandchildren, extended family, close friend, or neighbor near or far.
If you are supporting someone experiencing challenges related to: health, age, family dynamics, mental health, pressures generated by “sandwich generation” responsibilities and or distance.
We discuss dealing with guilt and grief, managing stress, improving communication, navigating the system and planning for the journey ahead.
Date: Tuesday, April 5, 12, 19, & 26,
Time: 1:30 pm- 3:30 pm
Location: Nord-Bridge Board Room
Fee: $50 registration fee *Please register by calling 403-329-3222 and ask for Charlene*
Instructor: Charlene Kocken
Lethbridge College – Massage Therapy Students – If your muscles are sore come in for a free massage! Massages are on a first-come first-served basis. The College students will be at Nord-Bridge on Wednesdays, Jan. 19, Feb. 16, & March 23 from 10:00 am – Noon in the Craft Room. This service is for Nord-Bridge Members Only. Please check with the Reception Desk and Monthly Newsletter for more information.
CANCELLED Tech Desk Help– Lynne, a volunteer of Nord-Bridge, will be in to answer any questions you may have about your tablet, smartphone, or laptop device. Drop in and ask away! It is first come first serve. Lynne will be here every two weeks on Mondays starting on November from 10:00 am– 12:00 pm in the main corridor of Nord-Bridge. Upcoming dates: December 28th, Jan. 10th from 10:00am -12:00 pm. This is a FREE service for members ONLY. Please sign up beside the front reception desk for allotted time slots. *This service is cancelled until further notice*
NEW Walker Repair Clinic-Leisters Home Care will be in once a month to repair your walker for FREE! This will be in the main corridor of Nord-Bridge from 10:00am- 11:00 am. Please note: this is for Nord-Bridge Members ONLY. Upcoming dates TBA