Imagine having an important medical appointment and not being able to get there. The Good Companions – Community Support Services can offer drives to medical and other essential appointments for registered clients who are unable to use public transportation.
Please note: Clients must book at least 7 to 10 days in advance. This program depends on volunteer availability.
For more information, call 613-236-0428, extension 2235
Services are available to seniors 55+ and adults with physical disabilities who live north of the Queensway between Preston Street and Blair Road. If you live outside of this area, please check online at https://www.caredove.com/champlaincss to find which agency can help you in your home.
Clients must also be able to manage physically with minimal assistance. Our drivers are not able to provide weight-bearing support and are not permitted to lift or transfer you. This means that you should be able to climb safely in and out of a vehicle with some guidance or assistance from a driver (such as an arm for stability). Please note that a wheelchair cannot be transported. Our drivers are not equipped or trained to handle wheelchairs or to provide support for people who need help transferring in and out of vehicles.
Please note: services are provided with or without membership in The Good Companions.
All new clients must undergo a telephone and home visit assessment prior to receiving services in the home. Please call 613-236-0428 for more information.
Volunteer Drivers, (own vehicle required), are needed! If you have 2-3 hours to spare per month, we need you between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday to Friday. If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer Driver, please submit our Volunteer Application form.
Note: Ottawa also offers other transportation options for people with disabilities. Para Transpo is a public transportation alternative for customers who are unable to take conventional transit (buses and O-Train) some or all of the time due to a disability. For more information on Para Transpo, please check out their website at http://www.octranspo.com/accessibility/para_transpo or call them at 613-741-4390.
Tuesday, June 1, 2021
Recently, the Government of Ontario announced their roadmap for reopening the province. This gradual phase-in process is based on the province-wide vaccination rate and improvements in key public health and health system indicators (such as hospitalizations and the number of patients in ICUs). Reopening consists of three steps, with a minimum of three weeks before moving to the next step. The Good Companions is deemed a recreational centre, and as such is eligible to open in Step Three which could be by end of July to early August. The Good Companions plans to reopen its doors on: Monday, August 9th.
In order to attend the Centre for lunch, programs or social visits, everyone must pre-register up to 48 hours prior to attending. Pre-registration is solely by telephone to avoid any duplication or errors at 613-236-0428. In order to maintain social distancing, we will be opening our doors based on cohort groups (Red group: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Blue group: Tuesdays and Thursdays). We ask that you choose one cohort, and maintain your visits to these days of the week for the time being.
Our Summer Program Registration period begins on Monday, June 21st until Friday, June 25th, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. daily. Once again, our amazing instructors have stepped up, adapted, and are planning to offer a number of your favourite programs online. An updated program guide can be found on our website here. In person classes are expected for the Fall session.
In the meantime, we continue to provide foot care on alternating Wednesdays and Thursdays. Please contact us to book an appointment: 613-236-0428 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We also continue to provide 3 programs per day through our telephone-based program, Seniors’ Centre Without Walls. Click here to see the current 2021 Program Guide.
If you are looking for Community Support Services, including help accessing groceries, transportation to essential medical appointments, and telephone check-in calls, visit our COVID-19 Programs and Services page here.
For a full list of COVID-19 resources and supports available during this time, visit our Resources page here.
We can be reached with any questions or concerns by email at email@example.com or by phone at 613-236-0428. As most staff are working from home, please be patient if contacting us by phone.
We appreciate your ongoing support and understanding, and we can’t wait for the day we can safely reopen our doors!