What makes us so unique is that we effectively combine specialized and registered social workers with volunteers and volunteer programs that work hand-in-hand; not only do we assist in a crisis, but we provide ongoing assistance to ensure seniors are supported appropriately long-term.
Our volunteers help deal with the loneliness and day to day living. Volunteer programs such as Friendly Visiting, Assisted Shopping, Telephone Reassurance, Escorted Transportation to medical appointments, Pet Assist and our new QMV (Quick Mobilize Volunteers) ensure seniors are connected with people who care on a regular basis and receive the support they need when they need it.
Our social workers help with managing life's daily affairs and challenges: Our team of Outreach workers provides information and support while connecting seniors to the services and resources they need in order to remain independent and active within their community. Our team of specialized SeniorConnect social workers are available in more urgent situations and help prevent crisis.
On many occasions, Social Workers refer clients to our Volunteer Services department for on-going support, and in turn, our Volunteer Services team refers clients back to Outreach and SeniorConnect Social Workers for special assistance, working effectively together.
Lucille will be turning 80 years old next month. She likes watching dance competitions on television, and believes a strong cup of tea with a bit of sugar can cure practically anything. Lucille has always been very frugal and is very proud of her independence. She never married and never had children. She is alone a lot, and like most seniors, has a variety of health concerns.
Last summer, Lucille fell in her home. For seven days, she laid on the floor alone and injured. Lucille was in pain, scared, cold, and thought she was going to die. By the time she was found, she was covered in feces and urine. She had also developed several bed sores that needed serious medical attention. Lucille was admitted to hospital for treatment, and she had to remain there for several months before she could return home.
While Lucille was in hospital, her landlord illegally entered her home and took all of her possessions. After helping himself to her belongings (including precious sentimental family heirlooms) the landlord sold the house without Lucille's knowledge. When she was finally discharged from hospital, Lucille not only discovered that all of her things were gone, but that she was now homeless. Lucille was devastated. She still had a long way to go before she was fully recovered. She needed ongoing medical care, and lots of rest. She was connected with Calgary Seniors' and we worked tirelessly to help her find somewhere safe and comfortable to live.
Today, Lucille is back in her armchair drinking tea and cheering on her favorite dance duos. She has fully recovered from her fall. She has a volunteer from the agency who calls her daily, and another who visits and takes her shopping once every couple of weeks. Lucille's landlord is being investigated by Police, and will hopefully be prosecuted for his unlawful actions. Calgary Seniors' connected Lucille with many community resources, and assisted her in replacing her stolen personal belongings. Perhaps most significantly, Lucille has a warm, secure place to live, and she has started making friends with other seniors in her building. "I can't tell you what this means to me," says Lucille, "without you, I would have just laid down on that floor and died."
Calgary Seniors Resource Society makes a difference one senior at a time, and so can you. Donate today to support programs and services for vulnerable seniors in Calgary. Your generosity helps ensure that seniors in our city get the help they need, exactly when they need it most. As Lucille says, "Thank you, thank you so much for everything."
Calgary Seniors' Resource Society (Calgary Seniors) is a caring and innovative charitable organization that strives to keep seniors, who lack the financial resources and social/family support, living safely in their homes for as long as they are able. For over 23 years, we have provided a depth of support that creates meaningful and effective change in the overall well-being and quality of life for (these) isolated and vulnerable seniors in our city.