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