SENIORS SOCIAL SUPPORTS

As the COVID-19 situation continues to unfold, Calgary Seniors has modified and adapted its current Seniors Social Support Programs to offer a fast, effective volunteer delivered set of services that will help address some of the most pressing concerns.

We will continue to take direction from Alberta Health Services. Calgary Seniors is committed to the safety and health of our seniors, volunteers and staff. Risk management strategies are in place to protect people, and will be evolving along with the response plan.

The following changes have been implemented to help seniors get what they need when they need it:

 

  • We have reduced our program eligibility criteria, specifically removing income as a qualifier, so that we are able to help a more diverse range of seniors during the COVID-19 outbreak

  • We have condensed the programs we are offering to make access simpler and response time faster

  • We have modified the senior client registration process to make it quick and easy

  • We have created a fast track for volunteers which will enable us to organize more people to help more seniors as fast and safely as possible

Please hover over the corresponding Program Information box for client eligibility and referral requirements. To make a client referral, please call 403.266.6200.

Mobile visitors of this webpage may experience trouble viewing each program's description. Please visit our website on a computer or tablet to access full content. 

FRIENDLY

CHECK-IN

The Friendly Check-In Program matches volunteers with a senior who they are responsible for checking in with regularly. The program is also intended to provide some positivity and spread kindness throughout the COVID-19 crisis. Volunteers will be in regular contact with their assigned seniors and will complete 'kindness tasks" with their seniors each week.  

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VOLUNTEER DROP OFFS

Volunteer Drop Offs will be offered to vulnerable seniors who are in need of:

  • Food and groceries

  • Toiletries 

  • Medications 

 

Please note: 

  • The volunteers will only be dropping-off (no visiting or transportation provided)

  • Social distancing will be implemented 

  • The Coordinators will be triaging based on urgency of need

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ESSENTIAL TRANSPORTATION

The Escorted Transportation program will be modified to support vulnerable seniors to get to essential medical appointments only. 

 

Essential Transportation will:

  • Triage Appointments on urgency 

  • Be open for referrals for short term or one time assistance to essential medical appointments (this will be determined on a case-by-case basis by the Program Coordinator)

  • Will be providing information on alternative transportation & associated risks

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PRACTICAL KINDNESS

The Practical Kindness Program will be responding to urgent requests from vulnerable seniors including:

  • One time transportation (urgent but not medical, examples: bank, pharmacy etc.)

  • Other urgent requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis

Please note: the Practical Kindness Coordinator will Triage requests based on urgency.

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CENTRE STREET CHURCH MEAL DELIVERY

Volunteers will deliver FREE daily meals from the Centre Street Church to seniors registered for the service. This is a short term program. Meals will be delivered until December 2020. 

Please note: PROGRAM FULL - not accepting referrals at this time

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PET

ASSIST

The Pet Assist program will be providing support to vulnerable seniors and their pets including:

  • Pet supply deliveries (food etc.)

  • Pet support while mitigating risk by practicing social distancing

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SENIORS CONNECTING SENIORS

Senior Connectors are a network of older adults representing various languages and cultures, helping seniors connect to services in your community. Senior Connectors are also available for presentations and community events.

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CARE

POST

In an effort to deliver some joy into the lives of Calgarians, the CarePost program will organize intergenerational volunteers (and their families) to send seniors care mail (e.g. coloured pictures, letters, stickers etc.).

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IGNITING NEIGHBOURS 

for Kind Communities

This program will inspire kindness and increase neighbourhood engagement right where seniors live.  This project, in collaboration with others, is funded by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program.  Watch for more info in the months ahead!

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Polly's Story:

Polly is 74 years old, lives on her own, and recently moved to a new apartment. She was referred to our programs because she needed emergency food delivered to her at home. An urgent request was sent out to Practical Kindness volunteers and right away a volunteer picked it up and made plans with the coordinator to go shopping and deliver the emergency food to her. Due to social distancing, Polly gave the volunteer instructions on how to enter her building and let the volunteer know where they could drop her food off. Even though Polly and the volunteer did not meet in person, this one small act of kindness made a huge difference in Polly’s life!

“I didn’t see the person who was making the delivery, but I am just so grateful to them!” – Polly
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CARING COMPANION

A Caregiver and Senior Care Recipient are matched with a volunteer who visits once a week for a minimum of 2 hours. The program has been developed to provide companionship to the Senior Care Recipient allowing the Caregiver to have a break.

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CONTACT
ADDRESS

Tel: 403.266.6200

3639 26th St NE

Calgary AB T1Y 5E1

 

info@calgaryseniors.org

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