Seniors Home Supports Program
The Seniors Home Supports Program, funded by the City of Edmonton, is comprised of six districts, each having its own home support program coordinator.
For residents living in the SouthWest area, SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association (SWESA) is that hub! (Postal Codes: T6G, T6H, T6J, T6R, T6W)
The seniors home support coordinators involved in each of the districts recruit, screen and vet service providers who seniors can trust and enable them to feel safe in their homes.
My role, as your home support coordinator, is to make it easier for you to remain in your home and community longer by referring vetted service providers.
Services that are provided for referral:
- Snow removal: remove snow and put down anti-slip material to cover icy spots (not chipping ice)
- Yard help: mow lawn and do spring/fall clean-up (not including removal of animal waste, weeding gardens or planting flowers)
- Housekeeping: vacuum, wash floors, clean bathrooms, do laundry, dust, clean the fridge
- Minor home repairs: clean eaves troughs, repair gates/fences and stairs/handrails, change light bulbs, replace door knobs, repair flooring, install grab bars, clean windows (without removing windows)
- When you call your seniors home support coordinator, you will be asked questions to determine the best referrals to suit your needs.
- Each district maintains a list of service providers who have been screened and vetted. When you request services, you will be given a minimum of three referrals.
- The home support coordinator, who provided the referrals, will follow up to check if you contacted or used one of the providers.
- All districts collaborate these service in order to evaluate if their programs are meeting the needs of seniors or if improvements could be made to help seniors remain in their homes/communities longer.
Please feel free to email me to receive referrals for service providers.
If you’d like to share your experience and have a good story to share, even better!
Seniors Home Support Coordinator
10710 – 19 Avenue
The Pan-Edmonton Group Addressing Social Isolation (PEGASIS) aims to increase the number of socially isolated seniors who receive support and help when needed, who participate regularly in activities and who feel connected to their communities.
Services range from assisted transportation, community resource guides, nutritional assessments, door-to-door visits and language classes in community-based English. See below for more information offered by each PEGASIS project partner:
- Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers;
- Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council;
- Seniors Centre without Walls (Edmonton Southside Primary Care Network)
- Greater Edmonton Foundation Seniors Housing;
- Lifestyle Helping Hands Seniors Association;
- Seniors Association of Greater Edmonton; and
- Westend Seniors Activity Centre.
Seniors Home Adaptation and Repair Program
This is is a new low-interest home equity loan program to help seniors finance repairs, adaptations and renovations to their homes. A maximum loan of $40,000 is available to seniors and senior couples with an annual total income of $75,000 or less, and who have a minimum 25 per cent equity in their home.
For more information on SHARP or to request an application form please call the Alberta Support Contact Centre at 1-877-644-9992, or 780-644-9992 in Edmonton from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday to Friday. Or download the Seniors Home Adaptation and Repair Program Application Package.
The Government of Alberta has enhanced the senior’s services website. There are new resources about aging in place as well as a range of provincial services provided for seniors.
Strathcona Place Outreach Team (SPOT)
SWESA is working closely with the Strathcona Place Seniors Centre in their pilot of a new outreach service delivery model (SPOT), whereby isolated seniors are connected to resources through telephone assessment, referral and follow-up.