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General · 10th December 2013
Maureen McDowell
Is Your Home Still Perfect for You? Many of us don’t spend a great deal of time thinking about or planning far in advance for changes in where we live as we age, partly because we may not know all the available options. Quadra Circle's Housing Committee has discovered some helpful resources, such as this guidebook: Modern Ideas, Modern Living: Taking the Next Step in Home Design and Planning for the Lifestyle You Want.  The Hartford Insurance Corporation produced a free downloadable booklet of valuable tools and infor-mation to help you think about where and how you live now and during your next phase of life. It’s intended to be a starting point, a conversation opener and thought provoker.
To help you begin, the Guide suggests the S.T.E.P. approach. Forms for completing each step are found in the Modern Ideas, Modern Living Guidebook at: http://hartfordauto.thehartford.com/UI/Downloads/modernliving.pdf.
1.Survey: Assess the fit between your present home and your lifestyle
2.Think: Decide how and where you want to live.
3.Explore: Consider universal design options: Is your home adaptable, easy and open? For example: Can it accommodate someone's reduced mobility?.
4.Plan: Create an action plan to achieve your goals. Use the forms in the Guide to help you focus, then talk with significant others and loved ones about your preferences. For Canadian information, including HASI andRRAP funding to adapt your home, visit CMHC's website: www.schl.ca/en/co/acho/masein/index.cfm
Our Housing Committee members are working on similar Steps as we envision housing choices we'd like to have on Quadra, particularly in the Q Cove village area.. For details call Mary at 285-3084.
Quadra Home Meals Weekly meal orders are available for a nominal cost of $5 per meal to Island seniors or care-givers unable to cook regularly and to anyone dealing with illness or recovering from surgery. Food preferences and special diets are accommodated. Pick up your order at the Community Centre on Wednesdays between 11:30am and 12 noon, or arrange for delivery by our volunteers. To order by Sunday noon call Marie:285-3950, Lynda:285-3205 or Karen: 285-3064. Last date for ordering in 2013 will be Sunday noon, Dec.15 for pick-up on Wed., Dec.18. Order again January 5, 2014 for January 8 pick-up.

Friday Lunch: Join us at 1281 West Road (in the Lower Level of Quadra Bible Church). Arrive for 11am armchair exercises with Ann Lawrence or at noon for lunch and a speaker. December 13 features an International Christmas Potluck and is our last meeting until January 3, 2014. For more information contact Karen at 285-3064