Seniors

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Adult Day Program
Community-based care and support are provided through recreational activities for frail seniors and those with cognitive impairments to minimize their isolation and promote their physical and emotional health in a safe and friendly environment.

Akwasti Program
This program is specifically designed for extremely frail and vulnerable seniors, who would qualify for extended care in an institutional setting but want to maintain their independence in their home.

The term Akwasti (Ondakwastakwi Onteskwet) comes from the Huron-Wendat culture. Translated into English, Akwasti means “in the inner beauty of happiness, they grow old.”

Chinese Programs
A diverse range of activities in Cantonese and Mandarin is offered for all ages, as well as for the seniors of the Pui Hong program. Activities include recreational games, monthly luncheons, music, art classes, day trips and celebrations for special events like birthdays. Participants also receive a monthly newsletter in Cantonese or Mandarin.

Here is a recent issue of the monthly newsletter from our Pui Hong Chinese Seniors Program.

Click to download:  February 2017 Newsletter or  March 2017 Newsletter
Click to download: Pui Hong Chinese Seniors Prgram (Cantonese) April 2017 Calendar
Click to download: Mandarin Community Support Group April 2017 Calendar
Click to download: Woodbine Shopping Centre & Fantasy Fair Day Trip & Vegetarian lunch at Fo Guang Shan Temple

Client Intervention and Assistance
Crisis intervention, case management, advocacy and non-therapeutic counselling are available to those in need.

Congregate Dining
At five sites in the community we serve seniors a hot, nutritious home-cooked meal for breakfast, lunch or dinner to promote their well-being and to provide them an opportunity to socialize and meet friends.

Meals on Wheels Program
True Davidson Meals on Wheels is a program committed to providing scrumptious and reasonably priced meals to residents of Beaches/East Toronto. This program delivers well-balanced meals to seniors, those with physical or mental disabilities and those with poor health who are unable to prepare food on their own. Volunteers deliver meals between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Sunday to Friday, including statutory holidays. The nutritious hot or frozen meals are made under the directions of registered dieticians. Special dietary needs can be accommodated, such as low sodium, sugar-free, lactose-free, puree or gluten-free.
In 2015, 68 volunteers delivered 28,759 meals to 210 clients. Volunteers develop meaningful relationships and are able to alert staff when they find clients in distress so help can be provided.

Hot meal entrées consist of:

  • Beef, chicken, pork, fish or vegetarian alternative
  • Potatoes, rice or pasta
  • Two types of vegetables or salad
  • Soup
  • Bread and Margarine
  • Dessert
Respite Service and Caregiver Relief
This program offers support to caregivers, to alleviate the strain of caring for an elderly parent or partner.

Security Checks
Daily telephone calls are made to seniors to ensure they are safe in their own home.

Social and Recreational Programs
Affordable, accessible and lively, the social and recreational programs help seniors stay active and engaged with others. Along with increasing stamina, flexibility and coordination, they provide a sense of well-being and connection with the community. We offer a variety of programs including carpet bowling, crafts, bingo, Wii games, yoga, wellness talks, ping pong, euchre, and day trips.

Supportive Housing
Seniors are assisted in the home with personal care, meal preparation and other daily living activities. To promote the quality of life and well-being of our clients, we also offer a wide range of recreational activities outside the home, including bingo, darts, exercise classes and crafts.

Transportation
Transportation and escorts to medical and other essential appointments are provided for seniors living near Neighbourhood Link offices and facilities. Please contact us if you have questions about the availability of this service in your area.
Toronto Ride (crop)
Neighbourhood Link Support Services is a member of Toronto Ride. Launched in 1998, Toronto Ride is a collaborative partnership of fourteen not-for-profit, community support service agencies that provides door-to-door, assisted transportation to seniors 55+ and adults with disabilities who are not eligible for Wheel-Trans. Its transportation services help clients live independently by offering equitable access to health care, Adult Day Programs, and appointments and activities in the Toronto-area.