300 for 300 Seniors Giving Challenge

We’re inviting you or seniors you know to join the 300 for 300 Seniors Giving Challenge in support of the Eldercare Foundation of Ottawa. By participating, you will be enhancing the lives of seniors living in Ottawa’s 13 not-for-profit long-term care homes. Long-term care homes in Ottawa have been deeply impacted by the pandemic, and this is your chance to help make a difference.

The Goal:

The Eldercare Foundation of Ottawa has set out to raise $90,000 in support of Ottawa’s not-for-profit long-term care homes with the 300 for 300 Seniors Giving Challenge. With your help – we can!

The Challenge:

The Federal Government will be making Covid-19 payments to seniors during the first week of July, 2020. We ask that you consider donating your $300 payment to the Eldercare Foundation of Ottawa so we can reach our goal of $90,000. If you cannot donate the full $300, please consider a smaller donation – any amount makes a huge difference! By donating your payment, our foundation will be able to supply Ottawa’s 13 not-for-profit long-term care homes with vital and much needed personal protective and sterilization equipment and other necessities.

The first 300 individuals to donate $300 will:

  • Be invited to an afternoon reception in their honour when social distancing requirements have been lifted in Ottawa.
  • Have their name listed on the Eldercare Foundation of Ottawa website (if they choose).
  • Receive a card of thanks for their generosity with details about how their donation was spent.

How can I donate?

You can donate online at http://bit.ly/EldercareFoundationDonate and receive a tax receipt automatically.  Please select the “300 for 300” fund option on the form

Alternately, you can send a cheque to:  Eldercare Foundation, 13 Esquimault Ave., Ottawa, K2H 6Z2

For more information about the Eldercare Foundation of Ottawa and to see how our funding has been used by long-term care facilities in the past, please visit us online at www.eldercarefoundation.ca.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Oriana Trombetti, Chair of the Board by email at oriana@eldercarefoundation.ca or give her a call at 613-789-5441.

Thank you for your support, and let the challenge begin!

Help spread the word!

Tell your family, friends, and community about the 300 for 300 Seniors’ Giving Challenge to help spread the word and encourage others to join the challenge. Share on social media and use the hashtag #300for300Challenge to join the conversation.

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The Need for LTC Support Continues

When Betty Hope Gittens and I founded the Eldercare Foundation of Ottawa in 2008, we asked ourselves – What can we do to enhance the lives of seniors living in non-profit long-term care (LTC)? Both my grandmothers were in LTC homes a few years earlier, and I saw first-hand that more had to be done.

Non-profit LTC has come a long way, with enhanced programming, more effective in-home foundations, enhanced training, and better equipment. However, there continues to be a constant struggle to have sufficient resources for residents to receive the quality of care (and sufficient attention) that they deserve. The reality is, many residents still rely heavily on family members (or outside caregivers) to help them be more mobile, take their medication on time, and eat sufficiently and regularly. Family councils at each of the LTC homes are the voices for those who do not have one.

LTC is not broken, but the system of LTC has always been fragile due to chronic under-funding and staffing shortages. Community foundations like the Eldercare Foundation of Ottawa have provided hundreds of thousands of dollars to help address some of these shortfalls – to enhance the quality of life of seniors living in LTC. Thousands of caring and generous donors have stepped up, but again, funding gaps remain (as the gaps were just too big to start with).

As we are seeing now, the system is on its knees due to COVID-19. The fragility of the system is now in full view to everyone across Canada, although this has been known and advocated for many, many years by those who work in the system.

Worst of all, personal dignity has left the home. Some residents are dying alone, unable to spend their final moments with their loved ones. Others are neglected due to insufficient staff (which were previously complemented by family caregivers). Only now are we starting to see some of those family members allowed back into the LTC homes.

What do our seniors deserve? What would we deserve if we were relying on long-term care? Years from now, many of us working professionals will require a strong LTC system, either for ourselves or those we love. Ask yourself – if you were being cared for in LTC, what would you expect (or demand) in terms of care and quality of life?

I am not suggesting that we have an answer to a lethal virus that is obliterating our elderly and affecting so many of us around the world, but we can still do our part to show our elderly that they do matter. That we still value them.

Five years ago, my friend Frank Horvat and I wrote The Dignity Song, a tribute to our elderly and in recognition of the importance of maintaining their dignity, to ensure that they continue to matter in a world that has moved past them. The song’s meaning continues to be relevant. We need to help restore dignity into the LTC system. We need to let our elderly know that they are still important to us, and we will fight for them.

What can you do? Listen to the song. Share it. Donate to Eldercare. Funds raised will be used to help bring some dignity back into LTC. Donate to the LTC home in your neighbourhood. Support those family caregivers who are stressed and filled with worry that they cannot visit their loved ones. Advocate for government change. Follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

Or simply hear our words, and the voices of our elderly who have given us so much and been left with so little.

Adam Nihmey,

Founder, Eldercare Foundation of Ottawa

Oriana Trombetti stepping in as Interim Chair for Eldercare Foundation of Ottawa

Dear friends and supporters of Eldercare,

This announcement is to let you know that our Founder and Chair, Adam Nihmey is taking a temporary leave to focus more on his work and young family.

Since the founding of Eldercare in 2008, Adam has worked tirelessly to advance the organization’s mission to enhance the quality of life of seniors living in long-term care. His genuine, deep-seated desire to have an impact has been enormously beneficial to Ottawa’s long-term care community at large. And in his own unique way, Adam has quietly, determinedly and successfully moved the needle on this vital yet oft-ignored issue affecting some of our most vulnerable citizens.

We are pleased to share with you that Eldercare board member and long-time supporter, Oriana Trombetti will be filling Adam’s shoes as Interim Chair of the Board for a period of 2 years. In addition to being involved in the long-term care community, Oriana’s experience as a retired federal government Executive and General Counsel is also a valuable asset to Eldercare. She is highly-motivated, ethically-minded and results-driven.

Please be assured that this transition will be seamless, and all of the founding principles of Eldercare will remain, as will the current slate of board members, including Daniel Saikaley, Betty Hope-Gittens, Cathleen Cogan Bird and Scott Boassaly. As well, Adam will continue to be on the Board in a reduced capacity.

Thank you to all of you for your continued support of Eldercare. We look forward to making even more of an impact on the long-term care community in 2020!

Sincerely,

Board of Directors
Eldercare Foundation of Ottawa