Home Safe Home program offers safety inspections to seniors

Colin MacLean
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The East Prince Senior’s Initiative is offering a new temporary service to provide free home safety inspections to local seniors. Heather Blouin, left, Don Anderson and Gloria Schurman are all members of the organizing committee. Colin MacLean/Journal Pioneer

SUMMERSIDE – The East Prince Seniors Initiative (EPSI) is launching a one-off program to help keep local elders in their homes.

Dubbed, Home Safe Home, the initiative is being funded through a grant from the Insurance Bureau of Canada. It’s being supported in other ways by Home Instead Senior’s Care, Callbeck’s Home Hardware and the Summerside Fire Deparment

It’s a simple concept, involving two volunteers from the Marguerite Connolly Resident Care Worker program who would go into a client’s home and run through a checklist of potential safety concerns. They would make suggestions based on what they see and leave behind a gift basket containing some basic safety equipment.

“We’re probably not going to cure all,” said Heather Blouin, a committee member working with EPSI.

“That being said, if we can help to prevent an injury by reducing the risks, then we’ve been successful, even if we’ve only done it for one person,” said Blouin.

The program is open to any senior who is living in or around Summerside.  Any prospective clients are asked to register with EPSI by calling 888-2177. There is enough gift baskets for 100 homes.

Inspections will start this week and go into the first part of April.

Gloria Schurman, executive director of EPSI, said she would encourage any senior, or family of a senior, who is interested in preventative safety, to sign up for the program.

The volunteers are well trained, knowledgeable and are equipped with a great deal of useful information, said Schurman.

It’s all about ensuring seniors stay safe and keep doing all the wonderful things they do, she added.

“The longer seniors can stay safe in their homes, the better off everyone is,” she said.

“If seniors have to go into community care, they have to leave their own community and it leaves a real hole.”

Colin.MacLean@JournalPioneer.com

@JournalPMacLean

Organizations: Safe Home, Insurance Bureau of Canada, Summerside Fire Deparment

Geographic location: SUMMERSIDE

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