Community Support Services
Olde Forge provides a wide range of community support services for seniors in Ottawa. The services include Footcare, Day and Luncheon Programs, Home Help and Home Maintenance and Home Visits.
Footcare has been offered at the Olde Forge for more than 20 years, currently once a week on Thursdays, and there are no geographic boundaries to service. It is offered by certified footcare nurses who specialize in diabetic footcare and serves 36 clients each day. Costs are covered by user fees and Ontario Ministry of Health subsidies. This is a high-demand program with a waiting list for new appointments.
Fee: $37.00 for the first appointment, $22.00 for subsequent appointments
The Day Programs, offered two days a week since 2006, serve frail seniors and seniors with a cognitive impairment, offering a day full of stimulating physical and mental exercises, games and entertainment, and a nutritional hot meal. Clients are referred through community agencies etc. This also provides a respite service for full-time caregivers. Twelve clients are served each day. There is a user fee plus a transportation fee.
We take 12 clients per day. They enjoy the variety and change of pace, and caregivers appreciate the quality and reliability of the programs. Caring volunteers are heavily involved in this program, and significant program planning is required.
To register: All referrals must be made through Home & Community Care please contact us for more information or assistance for a referral. 613-829-9777
This program is offered on Wednesdays to seniors who may be socially isolated or who are living independently but have care needs. Luncheon begins with welcome/social time followed by a hot lunch and finishes the day with entertainment. A user fee and transportation fee is charged. This program is able to serve a maximum of 20 clients. This is a wonderful program that really develops strong community connections and supports. Some clients have been attending for over 10 years!
Want to learn more about this program? Check out the podcast on our Luncheon Program produced by the Ottawa Library.
User Fee $10/Day
Luncheon Program Drive $4
Provided on a fee-for-service basis by Olde Forge employees – general housekeeping services, including cleaning and vacuuming, laundry, changing bedding, simple meal preparation, reviewing mail, grocery shopping, companionship, anything that doesn’t involve hands-on personal care -- with a minimum of a two-hour visit. Program is designed to allow clients to live independently in their homes. Provision of services is preceded by a home visit to determine needs and wishes and to identify need for other services. A single worker is assigned to the client to develop comfort and familiarity. Worker monitors client’s condition and reports any concerns.
Fee: $25/hr (minimum 2 hour increments)
Service is provided by Olde Forge employees to more than 300 people seasonally, on a fee-for-service basis. Service is well-established, over 30 years old. This is an on-call service for minor repairs and odd jobs around the home – storage cleanout, window cleaning, ongoing lawn and garden maintenance (mowing, planting, weeding): anything the client is physically unable to do, if our workers have the skills. Client usually supplies the equipment/tools. If employees cannot provide the service we will refer to an outside supplier where possible.
Fee: $25/hr (minimum 1 hour increment and 30 minutes there after)
Provides a matching service funded by the City of Ottawa, for seniors and adults with disabilities looking to hire an individual or contractor to clear snow from private driveways and walkways. Residents who participate in this program are responsible for paying the individual or contractor removing the snow.
The Olde Forge vets contractors to provide 90 clients a year within the Olde Forge catchment area with snow plowing, blowing and shoveling.
Snow Go Assist
Funded by the City of Ottawa, provides financial assistance to eligible low-income seniors or persons with disabilities looking to hire an individual or contractor to clear snow from private driveways and walkways. Approved participants may be reimbursed for 50% of the cost of snow clearing per event, up to a seasonal maximum of $250. Funds are limited and are assessed on income and first come first served basis.
Tap Telephone Assurance (TAP)
Through this program, volunteers make regular telephone calls to homebound seniors (60 years of age or older) and disabled persons to check on their well-being and give people an opportunity to socialize. Relationships grow and can last for years . TAP's main purpose is to alleviate some of the concerns facing those who live alone, and help them to remain independent. All new clients must undergo a telephone assesment prior to receiving services in the home (on some occasions a home visit may be required).
- Opportunity to socialize by telephone with someone who cares
- Allows individuals to keep in contact with their community
- Helps decrease the feelings of loneliness and isolation
A short in-home weekly visit to isolated seniors to provide social interaction and monitor client’s state. It is not respite care.
The Olde Forge will once again be offering free Income Tax Clinics for Low Income Seniors 55+!
As we no longer have space available at the Olde Forge during the week to host these clinics, we have entered into a partnership with the City of Ottawa to use one of their sites to run the program.
To qualify you must be:
- Be 55 +
- Have an income less than:
- $35,000 for a single household
- $50,00 for a dual income household
- Complete a series of screening questions when scheduling an appointment
HERE ARE THE DETAILS:
DAYS: Fridays throughout March, April (excluding April 10th) and the first week of May. Appointments will be available from 9-3.
LOCATION: 100 Constellation Drive – city of Ottawa building, 2nd floor east wing. We have an excellent space and our own separate waiting area for clients. There is good bus service at Woodroffe station and a cafeteria on site. We have access to free visitor parking and have picked these days as the parking is lighter.
To register: Clients will continue to book appoint- ments through the Olde Forge, as it is our administrative hub. The clinics will service low income seniors 55+ only. Screening will be conducted prior to booking appointments to ensure we service our target group only. We will begin booking appointments in February 2019. Call 613-829-9777 Ext 200
Please Note that for some services a staff person will need to complete a home visit to assess needs and personal information will be collected such as D.O.B., address, phone and health card number as required by the Province of Ontario.