Do you know a senior in our community that could use some support?
As we move through the fall season, please take a moment to reflect on the seniors in our community. When you think about your elderly neighbor, friend or family member ask yourself if they seem okay? Do they need anything? If you think there is a need, reach out to the team at Forest Dale Home Inc. We have heard numerous stories about seniors in need, some examples are;
- An older farmer that avoids the stairs in his home because of bad knees. This means he can’t bathe in the only full washroom (on the 2nd level) in his home, so he resorts to a sponge bath in the main level half bath or kitchen.
- A senior couple having a hard time paying their oil bill in the fall / winter, so they spend less on groceries. They end up eating more processed foods versus nutritious food.
- An individual’s family has moved away, and they have no mode of transportation. Because of this they don’t have regular access to hair care, foot care or dental hygiene.
Some seniors have no family in the area and / or their spouse may have passed. This can lead to feelings of loneliness or social isolation and possibly depression. There are more examples but with this article we wanted to highlight a few to get you thinking.
After receiving some feedback from various community partners, we are looking at offering some basic services to our senior population. Some of these services will be available at a reduced cost or free of charge depending on funding. Some examples are appointments for hair care, foot care, etc. and these will include transportation (if required). We will have a meal service which could be a prepared meal delivered or an invite to our brookside room for a hot sit-down meal with other seniors. We would attempt to sit people together with similar interests and backgrounds as a way to encourage conversation. We will also invite seniors to join in on activities we have onsite such as craft activities, movie times, senior walks etc. Again, these are just some examples of what we would like to offer and we welcome suggestions or feedback at any time.
Please take a few minutes and think about the seniors in our community and if we can help any, please have them contact us. If you would like to make a referral for a family member, please let us know. We really want to make this program a success so we can help the seniors in Fundy Albert thrive for years to come. Our contact information: email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (506) 882-3015, thank you!