How We Do It
Calgary Seniors helps seniors, generally in the age range of 65+, who remain independent at home. We end senior isolation in our city as our clients have little or no family or friends in the city able or willing to assist them. Some of our clients are of an income level that they cannot afford to pay for services from for-profit organizations providing similar programs. If you or someone you love meets these eligibility requirements or wish to discuss your eligibility further with our staff please read on to learn about the programs and services we offer.
Friendly Visiting Our companionship program matches a senior with a caring volunteer who visits once a week for an hour or more. This time spent together greatly reduces the senior’s isolation and creates a wonderful relationship that is mutually beneficial.
Shopping Companion Seniors are matched with a volunteer who takes them shopping for groceries and other critical items every two weeks. The volunteers provide more than transportation, helping the senior as they shop and with putting away their items when they return home. As well as offering critical transportation for the senior, the program also offers social support. These bi-weekly visits are something they look forward to as a wonderful opportunity to spend time with a friend.
Telephone Reassurance Seniors are matched one on one with a volunteer who will phone regularly at an agreed upon time to provide afriendly voice, willing ear and of course, peace of mind that someone will be checking in.
Escorted Transportation Seniors are provided with round trip, arm in arm rides to medical appointments from volunteers. It offers seniorswho have no other options a way to access critical medical support, which otherwise they would have to go without. The senior pays a $10 gas recovery fee for every ride.
Pet Assist The correlation between a high quality of life and owning a pet cannot be underestimated, a need that is often overlooked. This program provides volunteers to assist isolated and low income seniors with their pet care needs. This might include weight management, exercise, monitoring medication and other treatment and providing support during and after vet visits.
Quick Mobilize Volunteer Volunteers support seniors on an ongoing basis by providing short term or one time requests that support them in their daily needs.
Caring Companion We match a volunteer with a senior to provide companionship for 2 hours a week while allowing their caregiver a much needed break.
Take Care Be Aware! The focus of Take Care, Be Aware! Is to educate seniors about the realities of fraud and financial abuse, and what steps they can take to protect themselves. Using a “seniors helping seniors” model, volunteers will present information on current frauds, red flags to watch for, tips for prevention and host an interactive conversation with the group.
Information and Referral Seniors and their families can call Calgary Seniors for information and referrals to community resources and services available to them in Calgary. We provide a wide array of programs and if we do not offer the service you need we can connect you with the people who will.
Outreach Our team of Outreach workers provides services to seniors and their families who live in the north east and upper south east areas of Calgary. Our workers provide information and long-term support while connecting seniors to the services and resources that they need in order to remain independent and active within in their community. Outreach services may include helping the senior with:
- Applying for eligible financial benefits;
- Applying for suitable housing and transportation;
- Accessing Home Care and mobility aids;
- Supporting mental health and access for treatment;
- Elder Abuse education and support;
- Preventing and reducing Isolation and Loneliness;
- Caregiver support;
- Supportive Counselling.
SeniorConnect The SeniorConnect program offers a channel for concerned citizens to take action on behalf of a senior who may be at risk, or in crisis, in the community. Through community mobilization, SeniorConnect, and the Distress Centre 24-hr help line, allows for a timely referral and follow-up from a registered social worker who begins working with the senior to address immediate concerns, stabilize a crisis, and secure ongoing community supports.Free education on how to identify a senior who may be at risk is available online at: seniorconnectcalgary.org or by contacting Calgary Seniors.