We are working together with retiree groups and organizations, like the Kingsville Community Centre, to improve quality of life for our citizens.The Kingsville Community Centre is a beneficiary of this Give65 #GivingTuesday effort and will support seniors through our Neighbours Helping Neighbours program. With the use of our innovative Neighbours Helping Neighbours program, we create networks of care that last a lifetime, and in the process, empower seniors and people who are isolated or vulnerable to live well. The Neighbours Helping Neighbours program provides an online portal, where citizens create a profile and through this profile they are able to offer help or receive help from others in their neighborhoods. This neighborhood exchange of time for talent and services is then recorded to gage how we are doing as a compassionate community in helping one another to live and age well. With 19 neighborhoods currently signed up online, seniors are being supported in ways they need and want. This could include help with groceries, dog walking, socialization, and other ways which help improve quality of life for everyone involved.
Our hope is that with the support of this GIVE65 #GivingTuesday fundraising event, we will provide our beneficiary group(s) (Kingsville Community Centre and others) with funding to hire a facilitator who will help them start or effectively run their own Neighbours Helping Neighbours programs. We will be working to ensure that every senior who is registered in the Compassion Care Community (our target is 500 seniors over the next year) is attached to at least 2 to 3 neighbours to offer help and ask for help. This will ensure that seniors in our county have access to the practical or social support they need through compassionate neighbourhoods of care. Our goal is to reach 500 seniors annually which is a reflection of the successes in other services provided by the Windsor-Essex Compassion Care Community. Funding will increase opportunities for seniors to make the connections that are vital to improve their quality of life and enhance trust and their sense of belonging within their communities of choice. Each group will be cooperating to actively support seniors and caregivers to achieve what's most important to them and to connect them naturally to practical, emotional, and social support and help through their neighbourhoods. Visit www.hourworld.org to see existing neighbourhoods.
Experts, caregivers and service providers from across our region have set out a vision for palliative care improvements, but there is a funding gap to making this vision a reality. This is where the OutCare Foundation can and does help. The Campaign for Comfort responds to the critical needs in our community by providing equipment funding that would otherwise not be available. Whether it's for new beds or ceiling-mounted lifts for patients, sleep chairs for family members, or wheelchairs and transfer benches for loan programs, donations to this campaign make a big difference and they are needed. Our community-based palliative care organizations are terribly underfunded. They raise funds just to be able to operate their programs, which makes it very challenging to replace or buy new equipment. This is why addressing this important gap is one of our priorities
With seniors making up the fastest growing age group in our society, the need for more palliative care is becoming urgent. If we are having difficulty keeping up with the current demand for palliative care now, which we are, imagine how much more challenging this will be as our population ages. The OutCare Foundation's Campaign for Comfort responds to these critical needs and will provide comfort and care to those approaching end-of-life.
The Good Companions would like to create a subsidy fund that would allow seniors to access the programs and services offered by our Centre, who may not normally be able to afford these critical services. The fund would be administered internally and with great discretion allowing the seniors to preserve their dignity. We are located in Centretown Ottawa and have several aging in place and community housing buildings for seniors in our area.
Every year The Good Companions serves over 2300 seniors. There is a constant demand for services that we can not meet due to lack of subsidies.
These funds would help us to provide transportation to a medical appointment, the ability to go grocery shopping, to attend our Adult Day Program for seniors with mild cognitive disabilities (allowing respite to caregivers), this would provide a hot nutritious meal from our dining room. All of these services are designed to keep seniors safely in their homes for as long as possible and to allow them to engage with others, reducing isolation and depression.
The GIVE65 Incentive Fund allows Home Instead Senior Care Foundation of Canada to provide matching grants and bonus grant awards to registered charities participating in the GIVE65 program. Individuals, businesses and foundations are welcome to support the GIVE65 Incentive Fund as a way to invest in the lives of seniors most in need of our help. Many registered charities throughout Canada are providing much needed support through meaningful programs, such as transportation, meals and nutrition, low-income housing, Alzheimer's and dementia care, hospice and charitable care just to name a few. Your donation is an investment that creates hope for seniors!