The Senior Safekeeping education program teaches people in the West Parry Sound District community to identify the signs and symptoms that a senior may be at risk, and encourages them to report these concerns so that the senior can receive the help they need.
What is Senior Safekeeping?
Community Support Services is committed to serving seniors through a wide variety of quality volunteer services. We believe that caring quality services must be easily accessible and promotes an individual’s well-being. Our programs are designed to assist individuals maintain their independence in their home and in their community.
The Senior Safekeeping program builds on the community capacity to care about its senior members by strengthening the connection between individuals, service providers and the community.
Our volunteers and ‘Care Connectors’ reach out and respond to seniors and their community through informal and formal activities and efforts. We meet with individuals, groups, organizations and communities generating and sustaining focused interest and efforts on the issues and needs associated with seniors.
- To identify seniors at risk and help them to access support services and information
- To work collaboratively with our community partners and service providers
- To work with our volunteer ‘Care Connectors’ to increase the knowledge and understanding of seniors’ issues and how to help seniors at risk.
- To reduce and minimize ‘senior isolation’
- To assist seniors in remaining independent and safe in their homes for as long as possible
- To be aware of seniors who may be at risk and work with them and their Care Connectors to prevent crisis
- To work together with traditional and non-traditional community resources to share our expertise and social networks.
Community Care Connectors
Care connectors are well-informed community ambassadors, supported and equipped with essential assisting skills and resources.
They are friendly faces who can answer questions and direct individuals to services that may help one live safely and independently.
Care Connectors are concerned citizens, volunteers, retires, and kind people who want to join our team focused on support seniors’ well-being.
Community Support Services will provide the Care Connector with training, ongoing support and resources.
Care Connectors will be equipped with necessary skills that can help to identify a senior who may be at risk; and then direct the senior and/or others to the appropriate resources, support and organizations.
Volunteer for Senior Safekeeping
We're always happy to accept new volunteers for our various Senior Safekeeping services, activities and programs.
If you're interested in volunteering, please visit our Volunteers page to find out how to get started!
Seniors Safekeeping Services
- Crock Pot Lessons
- Fruit & Vegetable Bags
- Get-together Games
Seniors Safekeeping Programs
Adopt a Senior this Christmas
We adopt 100 to 115 seniors who may be alone, may not have family, and may be in need of a Christmas Cheer gift bag.
Find the one nearest you and join in! Throughout the Parry Sound District area there are several exercise classes specifically designed for seniors. Several community partners have joined together to ensure seniors have access to exercise programs that are geared for and lead by seniors.
Exercise Program Locations:
- Dunchruch/Whitestone: M/W/F @ 10:30 a.m. Whitestone Public School | Contact Barb Bennett | 705-389-9828
- Mckellar: M/W @ 10:30 a.m. Mckellar Community Centre | Contact Pat Eaton | 705-389-9649
- Humphrey: M @ 10:00 a.m. Humphrey Community Centre | Contact Magda Tarko | 905-220-6494
- Orrville: W @ 10:00 a.m. Orrville Community Centre | Contact Magda Tarko | 905-220-6494
- Carling: T/Th @ 10:30 a.m. Carling Township | Contact Margaret Lloyd | 705-342-1701
- Rosseau: M/W @ 10:30 a.m. Rosseau Nursing Station | Contact Susan Sanger | 705-732-6289
- Parry Sound Belvedere Auditorium: T @ 1:30pm & 3:00pm; Th @ 9:30am & 1:00pm | Contact Dorit Bartmann | 705-746-5602
- YMCA: M/W @ 2:30 p.m. | Contact Peter Bertrand | 705-746-0511
The exercise programs are made possible by:
- North Bay Parry Sound District Public Health Unit, Stay on Your Feet Coalition
- West Parry Sound District Health Centre
- West Parry Sound District Community Support Services, Seniors SafeKeeping
- And the North East Local Health Integration Network.