Alzheimer Society of Calgary
We serve these populations:
- Aging Population (Seniors)
we need help with:
- Increased demand on service
- Support to vulnerable populations
Calgary seniors and people living with dementia are at higher-than-usual risk of crisis during the COVID-19 outbreak. Families have lost essential respite options such as Adult Day Programs and home care, resulting in increased emotional and physical stress. Caregivers and/or the person with dementia can sometimes end up in hospital during crisis situations. It is vital that we help families stay at home and avoid additional strain on our healthcare system.
The Alzheimer Society of Calgary is building internal capacity to help more local caregivers and families impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia during this time.
To respond to the increasing need for support and education at home during the pandemic, we are transitioning many of our programs and services online. There is a demonstrable appetite for digital education and support, evidenced by the responses we have received since moving our services online in April, as well as a growing number of people accessing information on our web site (almost 60,000 people visited www.alzheimercalgary.ca in 2019). We need to be equipped and ready to meet this growing need.
Currently, our ability to deliver programs and services digitally is hindered by our dated IT infrastructure. Staff working from home are experiencing issues with connectivity, speed and access to files and data.
Upgrading our current system will significantly increase productivity for our team, ultimately allowing us to reach a larger number of impacted people, including those living in rural areas. Being able to respond quickly is absolutely essential for our team right now. Without a strong IT infrastructure, we are worried about our ability to continue responding quickly to the growing and complex number of requests we expect to receive in the next few months.
This upgrade is essential to reaching families and caregivers during this pandemic and will empower us to continue delivering critical services and programs to a wider audience for years to come.
Thank you for considering this application by the Alzheimer Society of Calgary.
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