Age Friendly Program extended to end of the year
The Age Friendly Program introduced in Elliot Lake has received council approval to complete the year.
Director of Finance Amy Sonnenburg told council the program was originally set up by the City to allow for seniors over 70 and those with pre-existing conditions to access delivery services for essentials including groceries. Photo - unsplash.com
An Age-Friendly Program introduced in Elliot Lake last March will run until the end of the year.
City Economic Development Coordinator, Ashten Vlahovich says the Age-Friendly Delivers was created as a grocery and personal care delivery service partnered with both local grocery stores while the Age-Friendly Checks-In was a daily contact service for those in self-isolation without local support to check on them.
Finance Director Amy Sonnenburg also helped set up the program, which says was originally set up by the City to partner with community businesses including the grocery stores so delivery services could be implemented for those most at risk; seniors and those with pre-existing conditions.
Sonnenburg adds the program has been taken over by the Elliot Lake Family Health Team but asked the council to provide supports until the end of the year.
Council unanimously agreed to add an amendment that if the program needs to be extended into 2021, that funding applications be made to ensure it continues.