HELP LOCAL SENIORS REMAIN IN THEIR OWN HOMES SAFELY
COVID-19 has elevated mortality rates for the most vulnerable – our seniors.
Precautions focused on avoiding hospital visits and long-term care admissions have resulted in escalating funding requests for our SAFE Lifeline Program.
You can help low-income seniors at risk remain safely in their own homes and provide peace of mind for their loved ones. Please make your gift today!
We need your help to ensure Eldercare can accommodate the growing requests for this vital service. It costs $750 to provide one senior with SAFE Lifeline for one year and, with COVID rates again on the rise, 20 new seniors were recently added to our waitlist
A LIFELINE FOR VULNERABLE SENIORS
If your elderly loved one lived alone, like many do, how long would it take for someone to find them if they suffered a fall? Well, if they were lucky, maybe a couple of hours. But if they weren’t, it could be a couple of days or even longer!
A simple fall can have devastating effects on an older person and unfortunately, it often only takes a moment to change a life! Medical alert services, like SAFE Lifeline, that protect people living alone from the consequences of falling are wonderful and, in a perfect world, everyone would have access to such a service. Sadly, this is not today’s reality as many seniors are struggling to meet their basic financial needs for shelter, food, and medications on fixed incomes which are not keeping pace with ever increasing costs.
Among older adults, falls are the number one cause of fractures, hospital admissions for trauma, loss of independence, and injury deaths. Each year, 30-60% of seniors suffer a fall, through accident or due to health conditions that leave them dizzy, lightheaded or with poor eyesight.
“As a Community Case Manager, I have heard about multiple clients who have fallen and broken a hip or leg and been unable to call for help. Some of these clients have had to lie on the floor in pain for many hours. This is one of the worst nightmares family members have about their loved ones who are living alone at risk. Additional funding for this valuable service will help enormously to keep our clients safe in their own homes and possibly avoid preventable hospital admissions. Thank you for considering donating to this program.” Island Health Case Manager
“I’m so happy to have been able to qualify for funding for SAFE Lifeline. Hopefully anyone who needs it should qualify. This really takes the fear out of living alone. Staying in my own home is important to me.” A Grateful SAFE Client
Funded 100% by donations to the Eldercare Foundation, SAFE is delivered in partnership with Philips Lifeline and Island Health in Greater Victoria and on the southern Gulf Islands.
We can change the world one person at a time!