PROJECT OVERVIEW

What the Hamilton Seniors Isolation Impact Plan (HSIIP) is all about

Social isolation is a growing problem in Canada, and our seniors are especially vulnerable. Risk factors include the following:

  • living alone (after the death of a spouse, for example)
  • disability
  • poor health
  • language barriers
  • poverty
  • lack of access to services and other supports

There are currently almost 12,000 isolated seniors in the Greater Hamilton region, and they are the primary focus of the Hamilton Seniors Isolation Impact Plan (HSIIP).

The project will initially focus on at-risk seniors in target neighbourhoods and hospitals. Our team will work to connect individuals in need with existing services and social opportunities across the Greater Hamilton area.

Goals

Our long-term goal is twofold:

  • to measurably reduce social isolation among seniors, and
  • to build our community’s capacity to identify, reach, and connect isolated seniors—preventing isolation in the future.
seniors isolation

COLLABORATING ORGANIZATIONS

Hamilton Council on Aging
St. Joseph's Home Care
AbleLiving Services
Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging
Thrive Group
Wesley Urban Ministries
YWCA Hamilton

Learn more about the seven collaborating organizations by clicking on their logo or using the link below:

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SUPPORTING PARTNERS

City of Hamilton
DARTS Transit
Catholic Family Services of Hamilton
St. Matthew’s House
The Retired Teachers of Ontario Foundation
Flamborough Information and Community Services
Hamilton Police Services

Are you isolated or know an isolated senior?

HSIIP Community Connectors

Community connectors reach out to seniors in the community. The Connector will assess their needs, link them to supports and activities, and follow up to ensure they are sustaining connections. They also host social activities.

Phone: 905-528-5629, ext. 284

HSIIP Peer Connectors

Peer connectors will provide home visits and accompaniment to existing community activities and spaces that meet the interests of isolated seniors.

Phone: 905-522-9922, ext. 316

HSIIP Hospital Connectors

Hospital connectors serve seniors being discharged from a hospital. The Connector will assess their needs, link them to supports and activities, and follow up to ensure they are sustaining connections.

Phone: 905-318-5781

“We can never get a re-creation of community and heal our society without giving our citizens a sense of belonging.”

– Patch Adams