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Regional seniors transportation meeting explores solutions

by Cassie Kushniruk

Driving into town to buy groceries, or going to
Edmonton for a doctor's appointment are simple
tasks for many of us.
However, for the growing population of seniors
within our community, vital tasks such as these are
difficult, and for some, not possible, as they are
unable to drive.
There are some forms of transportation available
to seniors and for those who are not able to drive
themselves, but these services still pose limitations
such as availability, scheduling, and costs. photo Cassie Kushniruk Passport•Citizenship•Rifle Arms Licence•
The West Yellowhead Family and Community The West Yellowhead Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) held a meeting on January Permanent Resident•Photos & more
Support Services (FCSS) held a meeting on January 18 at the Edson Healthcare Centre to discuss issues surrounding seniors transportation.
18 at the Edson Healthcare Centre to discuss issues
surrounding seniors transportation. They discussed transportation stemmed from seniors' concerns on “I think that something in and out of town is DROP IN AND SEE!
how they might successfully solve these problems how to be transported to Edmonton for doctor's necessary,” Kristie Gomuwka director of programs
together with the local agencies and transportation appointments and treatments. and services of the Edson Friendship Centre added. 5040 3rd Avenue, Edson
service providers they invited to attend. “On a weekly basis we get phone calls to our “I can see a need outside the community,” said
“We feel it is our role to bring stakeholders social workers and myself with questions and Don Moorehead president of the ESTS. “However,
together to explore the magnitude of what those concerns on how they get to the city for their our group has boundaries because our service started 780-723-5787
issues are and talk about possible solutions,” said specialist appointments,” said Marilyn Oishi of the going out of town and was not servicing the town. I
Tanya Beyers, Edson's FCSS manager. “One of the Mcleod River Primary Care Network. “We've seen would like to offer more but I don't have the The Weekly Anchor
important things from our standpoint is allowing patients who struggle with wheelchairs or oxygen funding.”
seniors to age in-place in their own communities.” tanks trying to get transported and to do it safely.” The FCSS group shared one possible solution with
With invited agencies and services ranging from Neighbourlink was mentioned as a service in the group; an application to the MARD (Medically
bussing companies to non-profit organizations, the Hinton that offers to takes people for appointments. At-Risk Driver) program. “Their idea is that seniors
West Yellowhead FCSS was presented with a very And SunDog Transportation and Tours offers a daily have transportation gaps and it's not something that Edson Funeral Home
diverse group of people who would be able to give shuttle service between Edmonton, Edson, Hinton can necessarily be solved with the current services
them differing insights into the issues they have and Jasper with pick-ups and drop-offs at the in place. Things can work best regionally as opposed FIRST WEEK OF THE MONTH
noticed with regional seniors transportation. “I think Edmonton International Airport and West Edmonton to individual communities trying to find a solution,”
each of us here brings a really unique perspective,” Mall. But several attendees pointed out there were explained Howarth. Must stay on page 7
said Beyers. “I think we all have our own skills and still cost, pickup, and scheduling concerns with However, many of the attendees opposed the idea
assets to bring to the table.” these for seniors. favouring a 'home-grown' solution involving the
The meeting progressed with a roundtable in DATS buses in Edmonton was mentioned as a local services. As per Sue
which each organization was able to voice their service for those in a wheelchair and whether there FCSS is planning on holding another meeting to
main concerns with seniors transportation to give is a possibility of partnering with them. expand on ideas that would successfully make On right hand side
FCSS an idea of where to start addressing these A major transportation concern also involved seniors transportation easier and that would help
problems, or to expand existing services. “We seniors living in rural areas and accommodating promote aging in-place. of the page
wanted to validate what the gaps are because we do their needs as well. “Living in a rural community, I “I suggest we come back with a basic solution and
not want to start trying to find solutions, for the can see the benefits having transportation being present a simple model and then we can branch off
wrong problems,” said Laura Howarth, Hinton's provided to seniors if they need to travel to Edson or from there to do something bigger regionally or in
Director of Community Services. to the city,” said Sharon Campbell, owner of each community,” suggested Vivian William,
One of the common issues surrounding senior Brylend Bussing. manager of Edson's Evergreens Foundation.

Thank You!

The Edson Thrift Shop would like to thank the following for their help in achieving the great
success of our “Journey to Bethlehem”. We had an attendance of over 700 people over the two
day event. Praise be to God for the beautiful weather we had that weekend.

Firstly to Shawn Bryldt and Trail Printing for making and donating
all our handouts and posters.
Secondly to Independent Grocery for supplying the hot dogs and buns.
Thirdly to A&W for supplying the hot chocolate and the cups.

Thank you to YKCS for letting us use your school and grounds for our function.

Thank you to all the participants of the play, all the people who supplied all the delicious
desserts and served up the lunch, and those who carefully organized and cleaned up the school.

Thank you to Paul Kindiak for taking pictures and videos and making discs for each church.

And lastly but certainly not least to you the audience who came and made the grand finale to our
50th anniversary a superb success.

We collected over $600 for YKCS school and also over $600 for the Food Bank
along with a full truck load of groceries.

Thank you again to all.

Edson Thrift Shop

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