SWESA serves as a hub for seniors to find information about support services to help you with home support services as well as keep you connected to the community. SWESA provides the pathway for seniors and their families to connect to the needed community resources.
Edmonton Seniors Home Supports Program
This pilot program connects seniors (55+) to screened service providers who offer snow removal, yard help, housekeeping & minor home repair services. The large seniors centres in Edmonton act as a hub for seniors to find these services. SWESA is the hub for southwest Edmonton (map).
In 2015-16, SWESA served as part of a team of six seniors centres running this pilot program. Work continues to evaluate this pilot and find sustainable funding. SWESA is grateful for the work of Lifestyles Helping Hands Seniors Association who developed this program in the southwest during the first two years of the pilot. As of January 3, 2017, SWESA will now manage this program in the southwest.
For more information (after Jan 3rd), contact SWESA’s Home Supports Coordinator, Barbara Newell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 780 860 2931.
Home Care Services
Alberta’s Home Care Program supports Albertans of all ages through health promotion, treatments, rehabilitation and home support for seniors and their family or caregivers.
The program focus is to create an environment where seniors are able to live at home independently for as long as possible. While Home Care services are most commonly delivered in your home, flexibility exists to deliver services in a variety of other settings. For more information contact Home Care.
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.