Halifax, Nova Scotia – Nov. 17, 2016 – The holidays are a time to celebrate the joy and warmth of the season with friends and family. In Halifax, the local Home Instead Senior Care® office is inviting the communityto celebrate with local seniors who may be alone during the holiday season.
The Home Instead Senior Care office serving Halifax is helping by facilitating Be a Santa to a Senior®, a community program that provides gifts and companionship to seniors who may be isolated from friends and family during the holiday season or may not have the financial means to purchase basic items throughout the year. The program is made possible through the generous support of Halifax 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 Jeanie Burke, owner of Home Instead Senior Care Halifax. “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.”
Home Instead Senior Care has partnered with The Berkeley, Manulife, SIEMENS Canada and the Halifax Regional Police Department to help with gift collection and distribution.
Holiday shoppers are invited to participate in Be a Santa to a Senior by picking up a paper ornament at a participating location. Participating locations will display a Be a Santa to a Senior tree from November 17 to December 8, which will be hung with ornaments featuring a senior’s desired gift. Holiday shoppers can choose an ornament, buy the requested gift and return it back to the location with the ornament attached. There’s no need to worry about wrapping — community volunteers and program partners will wrap and deliver the gifts to
local seniors 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 Burke. “We’re so grateful to have a community that comestogether 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:
Home Instead Senior Care HalifaxThe Berkeley HalifaxThe Berkeley GladstoneThe Berkeley BedfordThe Berkeley Dartmouth
For more information about the program, visit
BeaSantatoaSenior.ca or call 902.429.2273.
###ABOUT HOME INSTEAD SENIOR CAREFounded 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.