2014 Seniors’ Directory Now Available

On Thursday, February 20, the members of Halton Region’s Elder Services Advisory Committee (ESAC) gathered together at the Halton Regional Centre to celebrate the launch of the 2014 Seniors’ Directory.

The directory contains a comprehensive list of contact information for a range of programs and services available to seniors in Halton. It is a valuable tool that connects seniors, their families and caregivers in our community with services like housing, financial assistance and transportation.

Providing seniors with services that support and contribute to a safe and healthy community is an important priority for Regional Council.

With the province estimating the number of seniors in Halton will increase from our current number of approximately 66,000 to more than 130,000 by 2031, Halton Region is committed to ensuring quality services are in place to meet the needs of seniors now and in the future.

Since 1988, the directory has served as a user-friendly reference guide that highlights the extensive range of services available to seniors in Halton. The latest directory has been enhanced to include links to web addresses where readers can access more detailed information about the services they need.

I’d like to extend my thanks to ESAC for all they do to support seniors in our community and ensure that Halton a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhaltonLinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”

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International Day of Older Persons

On December 14, 1990, the UN General Assembly decided to make October 1st the International Day of Older Persons. This day is now celebrated annually to recognize the contributions of older persons and to examine issues that affect their lives. Regional Council recognizes how important it is to respond to the various opportunities and challenges of an aging population which is why one of our priorities is to deliver programs that meet the needs of seniors in our community. Over the next 25 years, population projections are estimating those aged 65+ in Halton will almost triple in size from 67,000 in 2011 to over 187,000 by 2036.

Halton Region works closely with our Elder Services Advisory Committee (ESAC), to enhance the quality of life of older adults. For more than 25 years, this dynamic committee has developed responses to policy issues, conducted research on seniors’ issues, recommended ways to improve our communications and helped our staff consider a variety of issues when planning our programs.

Halton’s Social and Community Services Department provides a number of services for seniors including:

  • Three choices for long term care:
  • Four Assisted Living Programs: one in Milton, one in Oakville and two in Burlington.
  • Three Adult Day Programs: Milton Place and Friends’ Landing, both situated in the Allendale complex and Silver Creek Place in Georgetown.
  • A Supports for Daily Living Program at the John R. Rhodes Seniors Residence in Oakville.

The Region’s Health Department also works with local partners to build healthy aging communities and provide resources to keep older adults healthy and living independently for as long as possible.

We understand the important role that seniors play in helping shape our communities. By working together with older adults, community organizations, and advisory bodies like ESAC, and by providing a variety of programs and services we can ensure that Halton Region remains a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

If you would like more information about Halton Region Services for Seniors, please dial 311 or visit www.halton.ca/seniors. For more information about ESAC, visit www.halton.ca/esac.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”

Two Halton services achieve top accreditation rating

I’m very proud to share that recently, the Region’s Services for Seniors and the North Halton Mental Health Clinic received accreditation with exemplary standing from one of the leading national accreditation organizations, Accreditation Canada.Creek Way 13

Completing accreditation means that Halton’s programs are measured against national standards of excellence. These standards examine all aspects of health care, from patient safety and ethics, to staff training and partnering with the community. Exemplary standing is the highest level of performance an organization can receive and AC has only given this standing to 20% of those they have surveyed. It’s an incredible achievement and shows our services not only met national standards, but exceeded them.

The high rating from Accreditation Canada is also consistent with the high satisfaction rating we received from Halton residents. In recent polling, 97% of residents indicated they are satisfied with the overall services provided by Halton Region. Another achievement of which I am very proud.

To find out more about Services for Senior and the North Halton Mental Health Clinic, or the many other services offered by Halton Region, please visit www.halton.ca or give us a call by dialing 311.

If you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton or on Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”

Aldershot Village Residence and Martin House Seniors Residence official opening ceremonies

Affordable and Assisted Housing is a priority in Halton’s Citizens’ Priorities 2011-2014 Action Plan. Providing housing supports to address the needs of low income residents is an important issue that requires commitment, investment and response from multiple levels of government and partnerships with community agencies.

On October 19, representatives from all levels of government joined the residents of Aldershot Village Residence in Burlington for a ribbon cutting, tours and an official opening ceremony.

On November 15 we will gather again to celebrate the official opening of Martin House Seniors Residence in Milton. Together these two buildings add 145 units of assisted housing for seniors to our community.

Martin House Seniors Residence and Aldershot Village Residence are shining examples of how all levels of government can come together to meet the needs of our growing community.

I had the opportunity to meet many residents of Aldershot Village and I’m very proud of the positive feedback they have about their new building and the sense of community that lives within it. Working together, we all make Halton a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

June is Seniors Month (video)

If you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton or on Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”

Crime Stoppers Month: Get informed, Get involved, Report crime against seniors

For over 20 years, Crime Stoppers has played a valuable role keeping Halton’s community safe.  In January, I had the honour of attending the launch of the 2012 Crime Stoppers Month at the Halton Regional Centre.  This year, Crime Stoppers of Halton focused on crime against seniors through the “Get informed, Get involved, Report crime against seniors” theme.  This message is very important in our community as crimes against seniors are rarely identified and often go unreported to the police, leaving a growing part of our population vulnerable. 

This year’s event featured two keynote speakers, Constable Wendy Moraghan, Elderly Service Coordinator for the Halton Regional Police Service and Chris Bint, Executive Director of ETAG (Elder Technology Assistance Group).  Both speakers are involved with crimes against seniors on a daily basis and were able to educate those in attendance about the impacts these crimes have on our senior residents and their families.  By brining this emerging issue to the forefront, Crime Stoppers Month has once again taken a safety and working with our senior residents.  For instance, one of our key actions is to work in cooperation with the Halton Regional Police Service and other community partners to respond to opportunities that address community safety.

This past December, Halton Region was named the safest place to live in the GTA and the Safest Regional Municipality in Canada for the fourth year in a row by Maclean’s Magazine.  As Regional Chair this is one of Halton’s achievements that I am most proud of.  The ongoing commitment of our residents, business owners, and local municipalities who work hand in hand with Crime Stoppers of Halton and the Halton Regional Police Service continues to ensure that Halton is a safe place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

On behalf of Halton Regional Council, I would like to offer a sincere thank you to everyone who has worked so hard to make this year’s Crime Stoppers Month a success.  We are very fortunate to have your support in the community and we look forward to continuing this partnership for many years to come.

If you would like to find out how Halton Regional Police Services is working for you, please visit www.hrps.on.ca. If you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”

2012 Halton Seniors’ Directory Now Available

Seniors, families and caregivers in Halton will benefit from the great information contained within the 2012 edition of the Halton Seniors’ Directory.  Compiled by Halton Region’s Elder Services Advisory Committee, the directory contains important information about services provided to seniors in Halton by various levels of government, service clubs, non-profit, for profit and community based agencies. Key categories in the 2012 directory include community information; financial aid programs; home and community support programs; housing; legal services; leisure and education; multicultural programs; safety; support groups/counselling services; and transportation. 

On Tuesday, January 24, 2012 I had the pleasure of helping members of ESAC as they began to unpack boxes of the directories for distribution to community service providers during a special directory “pick up day”.  We held this event to get the directory out to as many community service agencies as possible so that seniors could go to their local library, CCAC office, seniors’ centre or municipal office to pick up a copy of the directory.

The Halton Seniors’ Directory is a great resource for seniors in Halton and it is an important way we connect seniors, their families and caregivers with services in the community. The directory is an action item identified in The Citizens’ Priorities Plan – Halton Region’s 2011-2014 Action Plan.  It is part of the Region’s commitment to providing information and resources to seniors, their families and their caregivers.

In addition to the directory, Halton Region’s Elder Services Advisory Committee distributes a number of informative resources to seniors in Halton.  Visit www.halton.ca/esac for links to online resources for seniors. To order a copy of the directory contact Halton Region by dialing 311 or visit  your local seniors’ centre, library, the Community Care Access Centre, and municipal offices to pick up a copy.

If you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”