by Arbutus Shaughnessy Kerrisdale Friendship Society
To Be A Leader In Providing Community-Integrated Services For Older Adults.
ASK provides 6225 spots per year for older adults to attend the Adult Day Program.
The Individual & the Community, Accountability, Respect, Honesty, Integrity, Caring, Dreaming Dreams, & Having Fun!
Having fun is one of our basic values. We find ways to have fun and laugh each day. Fun adds interest to life and gives us a feeling of well-being.
We offer the following fitness programs on a regular basis.
Poor nutrition affects health status. We offer:
A full balanced meal at noon
Take home meals
Graduated meal sizes
We offer assistance with personal care.
We monitor health and report changes to each participant's health care team.
We also keep a current record of each participant's weight and we monitor blood pressure for those at risk.
We are alert to issues that affect mental health. Staff members are trained to listen and give appropriate support.
Therapeutic programs for those who are coping with dementia
All of these services are provided in a friendly home-like environment where individual needs and interests are honoured and respected.
The program is designed for people who have a chronic health problem or who have difficulty meeting their own social needs.
We arrange suitable door-to-door transportation to and from the Centre and offer many interesting community outings.
The Centre is open five days a week, Monday through Friday,
9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
A. S. K. is one of the many Adult Day Centre programs available in the Lower Mainland and throughout the province.
We work hard to make our programs reflect the interests and needs of our participants.
We conduct an annual program review to invite participant and caregiver feedback.
Our therapeutic programs are always growing and changing to reflect the changing needs of our participants.
Belmont House prides itself in offering excellence in healthcare. But our tenants and residents often state their appreciation of our diverse programs and services, when explaining why they believe we are the "Seniors' Home of Choice".
Meaningful recreation and leisure programs are an integral component of the programs and services offered to the residents at Belmont House. Recreation activities are designed, developed and delivered to ensure that each tenant's and resident's quality of life, personal interests, abilities and well being are paramount. Art and music therapy, time in our beautiful gardens, sing-a-longs, discussion of current events, dances and themed dinners, are which encourage and promote interaction and a sense of community among tenants, residents, family and staff.
We are so thankful for the generosity of Belmont House Foundation donors, who make a rich array of programs that touch the minds and hearts of our tenants and residents possible!
Currently the Seniors Resource Centre has moved to a new location so that we can better serve the increased number of clients using the Centre. Because of increased occupancy costs and limited budget dollars much of the support programming was needed to be scaled back. We're hoping with your donation, we can rebuild that support programming identified by our client base. It is hoped that we will be able to reestablish educational programs (such as crock pot cooking, knitting and crochet classes, as well as offer some seminars on various subjects), recreational programs (games days, card games, movie events, relaxation therapy classes) and to offer some programming around holiday events where people living on their own are most isolated.
We are your trusted partners, shaping the future of health care at Burnaby Hospital and Fellburn Care Centre. With the help of forward-thinking donors, we are raising funds to support programs, activities, and facility upgrades at Fellburn that create comfort, and a home like space for residents and their families. We show our caring through relationships respecting individuality, diversity, and honouring the whole person. We strive to add quality to the lives of the people in our community through healthcare, recreation, and spiritual support. We believe in resident-centered care and individual choice. We encourage people to make decisions through collaboration using open and respectful communication.
Last year, we helped over 3,000 lonely, less fortunate seniors who had no one else to help, and had nowhere else to turn. The seniors we work with are some of our communities' most vulnerable. They are struggling to get by. Many have mobility issues or mental health concerns. Many face adversities. They may be abused physically, emotionally or financially. Most are alone and without any social or family connections.
Our volunteers visit seniors when they are lonely; advocate for seniors when they have no one else; give seniors rides to medical appointments when they have no way to get there and are feeling apprehensive; assist seniors with their shopping when they are too frail to manage it all; and step up to help seniors when there are no other options.
But what about their pets? What about the senior who can no longer walk their dog, or clean up after them due to mobility issues? What about the senior who cannot afford to pay a vet bill when their cat is in distress? What about the senior who has to move in to long-term care and cannot take their beloved pet with them and it needs to be re-homed?
As with how many of our Volunteer Programs were created, Calgary Seniors identified a significant gap in services and we stepped in to fill that gap. Our Volunteer Services Team was seeing a significant number of seniors in need of assistance with their pet. These seniors needed support in appropriately caring for their pets to not only help keep senior and pet together, but also ensure pets are properly cared for.
When pets are neglected, the living environment can become unsafe for both the animal and the senior. The senior/pet relationship is very valuable, but the animals can become a burden and even a safety/health risk if not taken care of properly (feces in home, aggressive behaviour, unplanned reproduction etc.).
Having identified this missing link between pet ownership and vulnerable seniors' quality of life, we piloted a new program called Pet Assist that saw volunteers providing pet support for low income and isolated seniors. Pet Assist provides seniors with their pet care needs, thereby enabling the pet and senior to stay together as long as possible.
In 2017, our volunteers and community partners helped keep almost fifty (50) animals in caring homes. Forty-nine volunteers logged almost 600 hours helped clients with such tasks such as transportation to the vet, basic grooming, dog walking, changing cat litter, purchasing food and food delivery.
Calgary Seniors has also secured formal partnerships with Pawsitive Match, MEOW Foundation, Canine Oasis and Vets to Go for emergency veterinary support.
The seniors who are recipients of Pet Assist have no one to help them and no financial aid to help them with their pets. There are no other services of this kind in the city and too often the only option is to surrender the pet. There is a strong bond between a senior and their pet. They are very attached to their furry family members and the pets give them a reason for being (getting up in the morning, going outside, companionship, love etc.).
The goal for the Pet Assist program is to have both the animal and the senior remain healthy and happy and together for as long as possible.
Due to the high demand for this program and the heartwarming success stories, we are seeking community donations to help us keep this program running so that more pets, and their seniors, are cared for. Pet Assist costs Calgary Seniors $47,883.00 annually to run. Your support will help us reach our fundraising goal for the program, which will enable Pet Assist to run at full capacity, as there is currently a waitlist.
Your donation will help pets by:
• Fewer pets ending up in local shelters
• Better health care for pets
• Exercise, social inclusion and companionship for the pet
Your donation will help seniors by:
• Receiving the loyalty, affection and unconditional love from their pets
• Decreased anxiety and depression
• Exercise, social inclusion and companionship for the senior
• Bringing joy and laughter to daily life, which in later years is often uneventful
Your support would help us reach our goals for 2018, ensuring that over 100 seniors and pets stay together!
Tea & Conversation (T&C) is a weekly outreach program that ensures that even the most vulnerable seniors in the community are not isolated and alone.
As Calgary's aging population increases, so do the number of isolated seniors. Research shows that severe and prolonged social isolation leads to alarming increases in loneliness, depression, chronic health issues and emergency room visits.
Confederation Park 55+ Activity Centre's Tea & Conversation program proactively combats these issues through a weekly event which promotes social interaction through dance, music, and stimulating conversation in a supportive environment. An average of 500 participants a month build and nourish vital friendships, and access supportive social services. For many, it is their only opportunity to get out and socialize during the week. T&C is made possible through the generosity of donors and sponsors
Welcome to our Alderwood Adult Day Program; a home-like space which supports the health and daily living needs of adults and seniors living with a cognitive and/or physical impairment.
This program is a welcoming, inclusive and comfortable space where individuals living with a cognitive impairment are free to be themselves and are treated with respect and dignity. Care and support are provided by staff and volunteers, along with meaningful dementia-friendly social, recreational and therapeutic activities focused on engagement, well-being and quality of life. Our Adult Day Program also supports informal caregivers by enabling them to receive respite from care giving responsibilities.
Our goal is to raise $20,000 to enhance the safety, comfort and therapeutic programming offered in our program. On an annual basis, over 70 seniors attend our program totaling 3,273 days of attendance in the program. Open Monday to Friday, the program welcomes approximately 16-20 people each day. In addition to staff who lead the program, our Adult Day Program is supported by volunteers who help with meals as well as activities.
Raising $20,000, will enable us to make several indoor and outdoor program enhancements which can include any of the following:
1. Purchasing and installing a dementia-friendly security system. This will enable us to provide a secure environment where individuals who have a dementia can be active and move around freely and safely without the risk or worry of unsupervised wandering outside of the program.
2. Keeping seniors active and involved with the design and building of a new senior-friendly garden. Our current backyard is unusable due to a deep culvert. With financial support, we envision creating a safe, and therapeutic space for seniors. The garden would provide an opportunity to increase levels of physical activity, the freedom to wander and socialize. This has been found to reduce agitation, improve mood, and raise quality of life. The new senior-friendly garden would include wandering pathways (wheelchair accessible), seating options, and raised vegetable/flower gardens.
3. Purchasing new chairs which provide comfort, mobility support and are conducive to daily cleaning/disinfecting. Our current chairs are in the need of replacement. They are 'high-use' chairs used daily for a variety of reasons from seated exercises, enjoying meals and participating in social activities.
Our program is a special place and a much-needed community resource and source of support for caregivers and adults and seniors living with a cognitive and/or physical impairment. Your donations will help us make our already wonderful program, even better by providing safety and peace of mind for caregivers and improved daily enjoyment and quality life for the individuals who are cared for in our program.
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!
Your generous contributions of both time and funding support are helping to make a better world for everyone living with and affected by Parkinson's disease, growing our Parkinson's family.
Your support has enabled us to reach more than 9,000 people via our 1-800 information and referral line, and over 2,400 people through the 120 support groups offered throughout the country.
With you by our side, we can face all the challenges Parkinson's presents and overcome them, because we are stronger together. Because, we are family.
About Parkinson Canada:
Parkinson Canada provides support services and education to people living with Parkinson's disease, their families, and the health care professionals who treat them. Operating since 1965, the organization advocates on issues that concern the Parkinson's community in Canada. The Parkinson Canada Research Program funds innovative research for better treatments and a cure.
Our Outreach Program would mean a social worker would be able to meet with seniors in their home when age related changes prevent them from getting out in the community for help. They would get help to navigate systems, apply for benefits or complete forms to ensure that seniors who cannot manage these things on their own get the help they need. The Outreach worker would be able to help them resolve issues, get connected to needed supports, like our subsidized housekeeping service, personal or health care, or help with tenancy issues, ensuring income tax is filed, and that they are able to get connected to food banks, meal services or rent supplements so that lack of income doesn't put their housing at risk. Seniors often face many issues as they age, like mobility challenges, cognitive decline, memory loss, hearing and vision loss and may also face chronic illnesses and these can isolate them. What we see happen is that the inability to deal with many regular tasks leads to loss of income/benefits, like pension or rent supplements, and that seniors can soon face an eviction and end up very stressed and even homeless. Through this support, seniors can maintain health, housing and prolong independence and live in dignity as long as is possible.
The Creative Expressions program is a unique opportunity for patients being treated with middle to late stage dementia, and their caregivers, to interact, create and experience art. Through participation in weekly, one hour sessions led by Therapeutic Recreationists from the Behavioural Health Unit, patients are able to express themselves, bond with their caregivers and most importantly, have a positive and engaging experience. Activities can range from hands-on art creation like painting and sculpting, to visiting the Art Gallery of Hamilton to experience art in a new setting and be out in the community.
All activities are focused on patient engagement in order to enhance strengths and abilities rather than emphasizing the challenges associated with their individual conditions. The Creative Expressions program can accommodate 8-10 patients at a time and runs year round. The Behavioural Health unit, where patients participating in the program, treated 144 seniors this past year.
Currently, the program runs thanks to the resourcefulness of the Therapeutic Recreationists . From using left over materials to engaging their own networks, they manage to plan a diverse selection of activities. With the support of the GIVE65 Initiative, proceeds will be used to purchase art supplies, arrange future trips for art experiences (such as visiting the Art Gallery of Hamilton) and fund visits from art enthusiasts and experts to lead sessions within St. Peter's Hospital. Having funds dedicated specifically for the Creative Expressions program will ensure patients are able to take part in unique, engaging and enjoyable experiences that are focused on their own self-expression and quality of life.
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 Life and Living Well program will assist you to organize and remain in control of your life. Through a series of sessions, in a social atmosphere, you will be guided by a professional to develop your own life long care plan that can be shared with your loved ones, friends, and your healthcare providers, if you so choose. You will also be encouraged as helping neighbours, to look out for one another, through our Neighbours Helping Neighbours program. Each session is 1.5 hours and will use different tools and resources to help you create your plan.
The Life and Living Well program consists of 4 sessions which include: happiness and living a good life, developing a circle of care, support along with recognizing one's own skills and talents in order to be able to reach out to those who are isolated and or need help, and being in charge of one's life and developing goals that are meaningful as well as understanding the Ontario law related to who makes decisions for you if you are unable to do so.
Through Give65 fundraising, our hope is to raise money to help run this program in areas that need it the most. This includes in seniors buildings, with seniors organizations, and in community centres like Kingsville Community Centre, where seniors frequent the most. Helping to improve quality of life for our most vulnerable is a goal that WECCC has been working on for just over 3 years. With your support we will continue to help others and provide people with the help they need and want. Thank you.