Seniors Connecting Seniors to our Community
Start date: 1 March, 2017
End date: 1 January, 2018
Isolation is a serious concern for many seniors. At the Hospital, 97% of the residents are over 50 and 85% are over 70. Resources limit the number and types of activities we can offer at Mount St. Mary Hospital and we want to do more to ensure our residents have opportunities to actively participate in their community, including the activities and events celebrating Canada’s 150th.
Many residents have outlived their support network or families do not live close by for regular visits. Other residents would benefit from spending time with someone new. For our residents able
to leave the hospital alone, they would greatly benefit from having someone to join them for an afternoon out.
Currently, in observance of resident and volunteer safety, volunteers are not permitted to accompany residents off-site as we do not have a program in place to train volunteers for
situations they may encounter while in the community. By supporting vulnerable seniors, who are socially and geographically isolated, to explore and engage in community activities, they will be happier and healthier as their quality of life is enhanced. These individuals will also be able to share their vast knowledge and experience with others.
Nature of the Project Reach
We will be welcoming people from various communities to volunteer as part of this program and our residents have come from various communities on Vancouver Island.
The main goal is to support the social participation and inclusion of seniors.
By engaging approximately 20 senior volunteers, this program will support their social participation. In addition, 40 - 50 senior residents will also receive the support they need for their social participation and inclusion in their community.
We expect our volunteers to develop new friendships with other volunteers as well as the residents. We anticipate their feelings of well-being and involvement will increase as they take part in this important work. For the residents, we expect them to develop new friendships and social connections and experience an enhanced quality of life. They will also be able to participate in activities and events with the opportunity to connect with others in our community.
We are looking for partners to help us cover the cost of transportation for our residents and volunteers, admission costs, etc.