Archives for January 2017

GEA-Supported Senior Care Program in Pilot Phase

Do you remember the GEA seniors house meetings that were held in our church a couple of few years back? The discussions we had concerning how to keep seniors safe at home for a longer time?

To respond to these concerns, the GEA Senior Care team compiled statistics, created The Age Wave document, met with Provincial ministers and City Council representatives, and presented our recommendations.

GEA also met with Sheila Hallet, Executive director of the Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council, and discovered that the Council was developing a program consistent with GEA’s recommendations.

GEA gave its full support to the Coordinating Council initiative. The result: the ‘Seniors Home Supports Program’, a pilot project that the City of Edmonton has agreed to fund for three years.

It is now in its second year. Your work, insights, and recommendations paid off!

What is the Home Support Program?

  • City is divided into six districts, each containing a community seniors organization
  • Each organization has staffed a Home Supports Coordinator to facilitate the program
  • Services arranged for seniors: housekeeping (vacuum, wash floors, clean bathrooms, do laundry, dust, clean the fridge) , yard care (mow lawn and do spring/fall clean-up, not including removal of animal waste, weeding gardens or planting flowers), snow removal (remove snow and put down anti-slip material to cover icy spots, not chipping ice), minor home repairs (clean eaves troughs, repair gate/fence and stair/handrail, change light bulbs, replace door knobs, repair flooring, install grab bars, clean windows without removing windows)
  • Each co-ordinator interviews private businesses and not for profit groups and individuals who potentially will provide the services, and builds a referral list
  • Seniors can get referrals to service providers by contacting or visiting the community seniors organization in their district.

Because this program is currently a pilot, its future depends on how well it is used. We want it to become permanent, so getting the word out is crucial.

Who Do I Contact?
Based on your postal code, contact the organization that serves your district.

District Organization Phone Number Postal Code
West Westend Seniors Activity Centre 780-483-1209 T5M, T5N, T5P, T5R, T5S, T5T, T6M, T5V
North West North West Edmonton Seniors Society 780-482-1958 T5E, T5G, T5H, T5J, T5K, T5L, T5X, T6V
North East North Edmonton Seniors Association 780-944-7470 T5A, T5B, T5C, T5W, T5Z, T6S, T5Y
South East South East Edmonton Seniors Association 780-468-1985 T6A, T6B, T6C, T6E, T6P
Mill Woods Mill Woods Seniors Activity Centre 780-496-2997 T6K, T6L, T6N, T6T, T6X
South West Lifestyle Helping Hands Seniors Association 780-450-2113 T6G, T6H, T6J, T6R, T6W

For more information visit www.seniorshomesupports.com