Success Story: Helping Seniors Age in Place
Dear Jill & Board Members,
Thank you REALTORS® Community Foundation Board members for choosing Seniors Outreach Network Society to receive a foundation grant to support seniors in Edmonton so they may continue to Age in Place in their homes.
In May 2014, we hired a full time Outreach Worker to work with our seniors, handle intake calls and do transportation applications for a new transportation subsidy program. The Executive Director was seconded as of April to another organization to fill in half time while their outreach worker is involved in a 9 month project.
A partnership is springing up between three groups in the area: St. Peter's Anglican Church, Winnifred Stewart Association and SONS. The two other organizations are located close to SONS location in Inglewood. We pool our volunteer and financial resources to set up the monthly hot lunch. The seniors who attend are invited to join SONS seniors for outings in the summer that our seniors look so forward to. Another group, Inglewood Christian Reform Church also joined us for a couple of outings and seniors from St. Andrews Centre have joined us for lunches.
Minister for Seniors, Dave Quest joined us in February for our Valentine's Day lunch at St. Peter's. The Westmount Boston Pizza donated twelve heart-shaped pizzas and the seniors signed Valentines to thank the staff.
Council and the other senior serving organizations to develop a seniors Outreach manual. The purpose is to ensure that a senior in the city of Edmonton will receive the same thorough assessment and access to resources and services no matter where they live in the city and which senior organization they access services through. This manual was launched on October 14th.
We continue to work closely with our MLA Heather Klimchuk to bring seniors issues forward. Currently market rents are increasing and those under 65 and on low income are finding it difficult to keep up with their housing costs. And there are not enough independent living rent geared to income seniors' units available to meet the demand as some recognize that remaining in their home is no longer an option either due to mobility difficulties or cost of living.
Thank you again for your support and allowing us to continue to do this valuable work and serve seniors in Edmonton now and in the future.
Deborah Miville, Executive Director
"I found SONS through the help of my grand daughter. She found SONS through their website. I used to be very active and walked to the grocery store close to my house. But now I am not able to walk that far. Then the time came that I needed transportation and I couldn't find a service to meet my needs that I could afford, that is until I found SONS. The outreach worker talked to me on the phone and, after listening to my situation, realized that I needed a volunteer driver. The outreach worker came to visit me in my home and introduced me to Sandra my volunteer. Sandra and I have been together ever since. The volunteer drives me once a week for groceries and for the occasional medical appointment. The office always sees to it that I have a ride when I need it and they couldn't be nicer! If I didn't have this service I would have to use cabs, which are not affordable." Mary