SUMMERSIDE - East Prince Seniors Initiative has submitted a proposal to the Aviva Community Fund for project SOS, Supporting Our Seniors.
The project would help Summerside seniors remain in their own homes.
“We’re putting in for funding to be able to do assessments in seniors’ homes and then to bring someone in to do the little fixes that they need,” said Gloria Schurman executive director of the East Prince Seniors Initiative. “A lot of times it’s the small things that make people end up moving. They seem to add up, like you can’t drive anymore, or you slip and you get a scare.”
She said losing independence is a leading fear among seniors and for many, having to move out of their own homes is one of their biggest concerns.
“We’re hoping these assessments will make homes safer.”
About one-third of older adults experience a fall every year and most of those happen at home, where they are easily preventable with slight modifications.
SOS is a project of the East Prince Seniors Initiative aimed at working with seniors at greatest risk of having to move out of their homes and providing them with the support they need to remain independent for as long as possible.
Schurman said the program would bring together the seniors, health care professionals and home repair experts to identify and provide fix-ups that will decrease the risk of falls, increase confidence, keep seniors at home and reduce the need to move to institutionalized nursing care.
SOS will allow seniors to have a free risk assessment done of their homes to identify potential hazards that might lead to accidents and injuries. Local contractors will be engaged to fix problems or install safety equipment such as bathtub grab bars or stair railings.
Schurman said the City of Summerside is embarking on an initiative to have the community qualify as an Age Friendly City and that SOS can play a major role in achieving that objective.
The Aviva fund is based on votes, and EPSI is asking the public to consider voting for the project.
How to vote:
-Go to www.avivacommunityfund.org
-Click on REGISTER (top right of screen)
-Register your email address and make up a password
-Click on REGISTER
-Go to your email account – there will be an email from Aviva
-When you open that mail, click on the link. This shows Aviva they have the right email.
-Go back to the Aviva site to vote:
-Go to ‘explore ideas’ then ‘all ideas’
Find SOS – Supporting our Seniors
Click on the picture
Click on vote now