The Home Instead Senior Care office serving Kitchener-Waterloo is helping to facilitate Be a Santa a Senior®, a community program that provides gifts and companionship to seniors who may be isolated from friends or family during the holiday season. The program is made possible through the generous support of Kitchener-Waterloo businesses, nonprofit organizations, retailers, numerous volunteers and members of the community. "The holidays can be a troubling time for seniors. They may feel the absence or the distance of loved ones," said Jeff Matteis, Owner of the Kitchener-Waterloo Home Instead Senior Care office. "Be a Santa to a Senior provides a ray of hope for many seniors, and it means so much for them to know that people care and value them as members of our community."
Holiday shoppers are invited to participate in Be a Santa to a Senior by picking up a paper ornament at the Home Instead Senior Care kiosk in the Conestoga Mall. There will be a Santa to a Senior tree set-up there from Nov. 14 to Nov.21, which will be hung with ornaments for desired gift suggestions. Holiday shoppers can choose an ornament, buy the requested gift and return it back to the Home Instead kiosk with the ornament attached. There's no need to worry about wrapping — community volunteers will wrap and deliver the gifts to local seniors at Trinity Village Retirement Community in time for the holidays.
"Be a Santa to a Senior provides a much-needed boost for seniors who may be isolated, not just through gifts, but through interaction and companionship," said Matteis. "We're so grateful to have a community that comes together to show our local seniors they are not alone during the holidays."
Be a Santa to a Senior trees can be found at the following locations:
Conestoga Mall, 550 King St N, Waterloo, ON N2L 5W6
For more information about the program, visit BeaSantatoaSenior.ca or call 519-571-1665
ABOUT HOME INSTEAD SENIOR CARE
Founded in 1994, the Home Instead Senior Care® network provides personalized care, support and education to help enhance the lives of aging adults and their families. Today, this network is the world's leading provider of in-home care services for seniors, with more than 1,000 independently owned and operated franchises that are estimated to annually provide more than 50 million hours of care throughout Canada and 11 other countries. Local Home Instead Senior Care offices employ approximately 65,000 CAREGiversSM worldwide who provide basic support services that enable seniors to live safely and comfortably in their own homes for as long as possible. The Home Instead Senior Care network strives to partner with each client and his or her family members to help meet that individual's needs. Services span the care continuum – from providing personal care to specialized Alzheimer's care and hospice support. Also available are family caregiver education and support resources. At Home Instead Senior Care, it's relationship before task, while striving to provide superior quality service.