New program created to help seniors stay in their homes

New program created to help seniors stay in their homes

CORNWALL, Ontario – A new program was unveiled Tuesday to help local seniors stay in their homes by providing assistance for things like light housework and running errands.

Carefor, which operates Hospice Cornwall, will administer the Homemaking Program for high-risk seniors and adults with physical disabilities.

But participants will be in for a wait between visits – the program is only available for two hours per patient, every two weeks.

“That’s all we were funded for,” said Donna Tinker, Carefor’s manager of client services. “It still helps, though.”

The Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) is funding the initiative, though Tinker could not say how much money has been provided to operate the program.

A representative from the LHIN was not immediately available for comment.

Selected as the lead agency, Carefor is responsible for the delivery of this program in Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry and Prescott/Russell.

The Homemaking Program is part of the Champlain LHIN’s community investment strategy to assist seniors and adults with physical disabilities living at home with housekeeping tasks and activities, such as light housekeeping, linen changes, laundry, floors, meal preparation, shopping and errands.

The assistance is available at a subsidized rate. This program is offered to the most vulnerable seniors and adults with physical disabilities, and an in-home assessment determines who qualifies for the program.

Tinker said some residents have already availed themselves of the program.

For more information about the Homemaking Program or other community support services, please visit or email or call 613-932-3451.

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