Isolated seniors struggling with multiple challenges in health, housing, food and other necessities are helped for 12 months or longer by a 24/7-available Facilitator, who guides their friends, families and community members in how to support them, and also helps secure needed resources for them.
This individualized plan of action steps and helpful services and activities can keep each marginalized participant in their home and neighbourhoods for as long as possible, often until the end of life, and help their caregivers not to burn out. Project evaluation finds an increase in hope, family connectedness, and seniors living at home successfully, and a decrease in emergency room visits and social isolation. WrapAround understands the value of a pet in the lives of seniors and have a few "fostering" families ready to help out, when the need arises.
During WrapAround Hamilton's 13 years of experience helping over 120 families in 8 of the 11 poorest Hamilton Neighbourhood Hubs. Our volunteers have been increasingly asked to help seniors in the communities and in families. In early 2018 we secured a small grant to launch a dedicated Seniors program and are now ready to expand to a larger program to answer many increased requests.
WrapAround's costs for these programs are around 90% lower than government programs trying to help these clients.
Numerous partners are involved: churches, social service agencies and public service groups who help the participants, 8-11 City-designated Neighbourhood Hubs, the WrapAround Association of Ontario and Wrap Canada. The Social Planning + Research Council of Hamilton provides demographic research, and Can-Grands provides support for grandparents raising grandchildren.
Shalem Mental Health Network was founded in 1963 in Hamilton, Ontario to help people of all ages throughout Ontario, and recently in some other provinces, to both prevent and cope with mental illness. This is done through providing quality counselling and community-based support programs - accompanying individuals, couples, families and communities as they journey towards emotional health and mental wellness. Rooted in a commitment to faith-based values, the Network serves all people regardless of creed, orientation or status and is committed to anti-oppressive practice.
We accompany persons and communities as they journey towards emotional health and mental wellness.
We do so through our unique contributions of:
serving and advocating for clients, ...read more