Jan. 15, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The provincial government has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for a service-delivery contract related to seniors living in public housing. Minister of State for Seniors Brian Kenny made the announcement today.
"The aim of the RFP is to contract one service-provider to visit seniors in all public housing in the province to make sure they are safe and living independently without any problems," said Kenny. "Under our long-term care strategy, Be Independent. Longer, we support seniors in their desire to live independently for as long as possible. We also want to be a responsible landlord. This service will assist and support many low-income seniors living in affordable housing units."
The service-provider will visit and conduct safety evaluations for tenants at least once a year. If there are concerns about their ability to live independently, the service-provider may carry out additional visits or make recommendations to the senior and his or her family for further support services. These services may be co-ordinated through the Department of Social Development.
"The safety evaluation will determine if our tenants need assistance with housekeeping and maintenance, mobility, meals and personal care or if they are feeling lonely and isolated," Kenny said. "The focus will be on the safety and well-being of our tenants and their quality of life."
The safety evaluations may be conducted by geriatric aides, home economists, family support workers, home support workers, licensed practical nurses, or social workers employed by the service-provider.
For the past 30 years, the Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) has been delivering health-care services to about 60 per cent of seniors living in public housing in the province. As with any interested proponents, the VON is welcome to submit a proposal under the new service model, Kenny said.
"The VON has served our tenants well for a very long time," Kenny said. "A new service model has now been developed to expand and update the service to include all seniors in affordable housing. Our goal is to reach 100 per cent of seniors in these units, while providing a new and updated service."
The deadline for RFP submissions is Friday, Feb. 5. They are to be submitted to the Central Tendering Branch of the Department of Supply and Services. The RFP may be found online with the New Brunswick Opportunities Network.
A committee will evaluate all proposals before making a recommendation to the department as to which proponent to accept. The new service model comes into effect April 1.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Judy Cole, communications, Senior and Healthy Living Secretariat, 506-444-3522; Chrystiane Mallaley, communications, Department of Supply and Services, 506-457-7903.