Intensive Case Management for Seniors at Risk (ICM) provides intensive case coordination with an in-depth, personalized, flexible, and creative approach. This program specializes in elder abuse, including physical, psychological/verbal, financial, neglect and/or self-neglect. Anyone may call to make a referral. The service is free and confidential.
The Intensive Case Management for Seniors at Risk at CFS has been offering services for vulnerable seniors in the Hamilton community for over 30 years. The program has an outstanding reputation and is well known for its proactive work to address situations of elder abuse, neglect and self-neglect of vulnerable, often marginalized seniors.
Research confirms that social isolation often contributes to creating opportunities for exploitation and abuse, especially financial abuse, frequently resulting in consequent neglect of the person.
The Seniors program is proactive, recognizing that education and social inclusiveness are key to the prevention of elder abuse.
Our program has highly educated staff, offering services in 9 different languages. We were able to identify a highly vulnerable senior population in Hamilton in need of ongoing social, recreational, educational services. Hamilton has a significantly diverse seniors population, one of every five people was born outside of Canada. Seniors are often sponsored by their children to Canada, but they remain isolated due to language barriers and limited or no information about how to connect to others in the community.
The Intensive Case Management program was able to set up a group program 5 years ago, in 2014, offering a meeting place for a by-weekly 3 hours activity filled, exciting, group sessions that promoted a holistic healthy lifestyle. The sessions were organized and aimed at " Nurturing mind, body and soul" a holistic approach to improve health and overall well being, resulting in improved quality of life. With funding running out, the attending seniors have been asking if we can bring this program back again.
We had regularly 45 - 50 seniors attending the group. All of these seniors are very low income, some of them recent immigrants, or refugees from war-torn countries. Learning about their new home country, about resources available, and including them into the community, helps them to settle and integrate into our society. Our staff member who speaks several Asian languages provides translation/interpretation services and will organize speakers for education topics, fun outings, exercises and healthy refreshments. The program was hugely successful. The attendees were members of the multi-cultural community, mostly from the Chinese, Filipino, Korean, Arabic, Syrian, and South- East Asian communities, but everyone is welcome to join the group.
According to data based on the Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton 2016 statistics, Hamilton's Asian population is close to 20.000, and 16 % of those are over the age of 65.
The fundraised money would allow us to continue offering this group session on a regular basis, twice a month benefiting approx.. 45-50 seniors. We do have a location provided by a partner organization for free, but we would need to utilize the funds to pay for transportation, refreshments, celebrating cultural events, organizing speakers, fun and games, and exercises such as tai chi, yoga etc.
Catholic Family Services, guided by Catholic values and principles, provides counselling, community connection, and education programs so that the quality of life of all people in our diverse community may be improved and strengthened.