January Snow a Reminder to Help Seniors Shovel
Prince George, B.C. – Do you still have some energy left after shoveling your driveway this morning?
If yes, then perhaps you could help a senior in your neighbourhood do the same.
“It would be wonderful if people would look around their own neighbourhoods and if they see a household where there’s a senior or an elder living, or somebody who possibly has health issues, mobility issues or is disabled in some way to please help them with their shoveling,” says Lola Dawn Fennell, manager of the Prince George Council of Seniors (PGCOS).
“There’s no volunteer snow shoveling service in Prince George so we really need people to be good neighbours this time of year.”
She says shoveling snow could help some get to much needed medical appointments which could actually help save lives.
“If it’s somebody who has home care coming in, that home care person can’t access them if they can’t reach their front door so it could be a matter of life and death.”
So who shouldn’t be shoveling?
“If you’re not use to playing a vigorous tennis match, swimming rapid laps in the pool, or able to jog for 20 minutes, you probably shouldn’t be shoveling snow,” says Fennell.
“At least not with careful stretching and warm up and plenty of fluids to drink and some rest time in the process of shoveling.”
If you’ve read all this and believe you qualify to help with snow shoveling, she encourages you to give the Seniors Resource Centre a call at 250-564-5888.
“And we will try to match them up with somebody in their general neighbourhood.”