Victoria, B.C. – November 17, 2016 – The holidays are a time to celebrate the joy and warmth of the season with friends and family. In Victoria, the local Home Instead Senior Care® office is inviting the community to celebrate with local seniors who may be alone during the holiday season. The Home Instead Senior Care office serving Victoria and the Capital Region District 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 local 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 Alistair Hicks, Owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office in Victoria. “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 a participating location. From November 15 to December 8, participating locations will display Be a Santa to a Senior trees, which will be hung with ornaments featuring seniors’ first names and their desired gifts. Holiday shoppers can choose an ornament, buy the requested gift and return it back to the store 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.For the second year, St Patrick’s Catholic School will support the program by decorating shopping bags used to deliver gifts to seniors.
“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 Hicks. “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:• Walmart – Uptown: 3440 Saanich Road • Walmart – Langford 860 Langford Parkway • Forbes Pharmacy – Goldstream 111 – 755 Goldstream Avenue • Forbes Pharmacy – 1775 Fort Street• Progressive Chiropractic – Mark 1595 McKenzie Avenue
• Save On Foods – 108-3170 Tillicum Road• Sooke Evergreen Physiotherapy – 6726 West Coast Road, Sooke• Heart Pharmacy – 3643 Shelbourne Street• Lana Popham, MLA – 4085 Quadra Street• London Drugs – 911 Yates Street• London Drugs – Saanich Centre, 3989 Quadra StreetFor more information about the program, visit BeaSantatoaSenior.ca or call the Victoria office at 250-382-6565.###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.