Feb. 23, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The Canadian Red Cross has been awarded a three-year, $600,000 service-delivery contract for seniors living in public housing throughout New Brunswick. Minister of State for Seniors Brian Kenny made the announcement today.
"The Canadian Red Cross has won the contract to deliver our newly expanded and updated service for seniors in public housing," Kenny said. "They will visit our tenants in their homes to conduct a safety evaluation of their living situation and accommodations. The focus of these free visits will be the safety and well-being of seniors and their quality of life."
Kenny said the service is part of the provincial government's long-term care strategy, Be Independent Longer, which support seniors in their desire to live independently for as long as possible. The visits will begin April 1, and will be delivered for about $200,000 per year.
"This new service will bring professionals right to the door and will benefit 100 per cent of our tenants in public housing," Kenny said.
The service-provider will visit all tenants at least once a year. If there are concerns about an individual's ability to live independently, additional visits may be carried out or suggestions and recommendations for further support services may be made to the senior and their family. These support services may be coordinated through the department.
The safety evaluation will determine if seniors need assistance with housekeeping and maintenance, mobility, meals and personal care or if they are feeling lonely and isolated. The evaluations may be conducted by geriatric aides, home economists, family support workers, home support workers, licensed practical nurses, or social workers employed by the Red Cross.
The province's affordable housing program provides subsidized rental accommodations for about 2,200 low-income seniors in 1,717 units within 124 apartment complexes across New Brunswick.
A request for proposals for the new service was issued in January 2010. Four bids were received. The contract replaces previous services provided by the Victorian Order of Nurses (VON).
MEDIA CONTACT: Judy Cole, communications, Senior and Healthy Aging Secretariat, 506-444-3522.