Manitoba Metis Federation Announces Metis Senior Vision Care Initiative

June 25, 2014

WINNIPEG, MB - The President and Board of Directors of the Manitoba Metis Federation announced today that they have made the vision care of Metis seniors a priority and have designed a program that will meet the needs and demands for proper vision care for Metis Seniors across the province.

The unique program exceeds the province in the delivery of vision care services and is not only financially based, but will aid those Metis seniors that require assistance in managing their eye care, including healthy eye care, eye examinations and prescription eyeglasses.

The MMF will have designated staff in its seven regional offices trained in the intake process to complete an application for an elder, book an eye exam for them and then complete the order for prescription glasses. They will be trained in handling the shipping, receiving and delivery of the eye glasses and handle any returns if required.

An MMF designated staff person will be responsible to complete the online application for the applicant and ensure that the order is processed and completed, as well as, assisting Metis seniors in receiving an eye exam, getting a prescription and ordering prescription eyeglasses. 

“I have always said that once MEDO Care pharmacy and its partnerships began to generate a profit we would address the issue of proper eyewear for our elderly, and we are now in the position to help.” explained Manitoba Metis Federation president, David Chartrand. “Existing Provincial and Federal Programs only cover a very basic amount for eyeglasses and does not cover the cost of eye exams, so we have decided to step in.”

Metis Elder, Victoria Genaille, the citizen who was instrumental in lighting the fire that launched the Metis Senior Vision Care Initiative when she posed the concern of Metis Elders lacking proper eye care to President Chartand last fall will be available today along with President Chartrand for interviews. She will be receiving an eye exam at 11:45 a.m. at Prairie Eye Care in the Garden City Mall. Following that she will be visiting at the MMF home office at 150 Henry Avenue. All media are welcome to attend.

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