MISSISSAUGA, ON, Nov. 28, 2011 /CNW/ - Bayshore Home Health, one of Canada's leading providers of home and community health care
services, is hosting its first Christmas Day Home Alone Dinner at the Franklin Horner Community Centre in Etobicoke. The event is for
seniors aged 60-plus who are alone at this most special time of the
"The Home Alone Dinner is about bringing the community together to share the holiday spirit of
giving and caring, and ensuring that seniors who are single or widowed,
or whose families live across or out of the country, are not alone at
Christmas," says Jackie Hickey, community health advisor with Bayshore
Home Health. "It's our opportunity to give back and enable seniors who
would like some company at Christmas to enjoy a fun event that may just
turn strangers into friends."
Last year Hickey and Bayshore health advisor Polina Philip attended a
number of activities for seniors over the holiday season, none of which
happened on Christmas Day. Conversations during the year sparked an
interest in doing something special to help seniors who spend Christmas
alone. Together they came up with the Home Alone Dinner idea.
They approached the Franklin Horner Community Centre in Etobicoke to become a partner in the event. The centre, which serves
800 senior members from the local community, hosts a number of events
and activities throughout the year.
"It has snowballed from there," explains Philip. "We already have a
dozen organizations that have volunteered funding and services, from
cooking and serving to transporting seniors and entertaining. For us,
this is what Christmas is truly about: helping people who are in need."
Both Hickey and Philip, along with Laura Latham, Franklin Horner's
Executive Director, and their families will spend Christmas with the
seniors, serve them dinner and help them celebrate this special day.
Doors at the Franklin Horner Community Centre will open at 3:00 p.m.
Christmas Day. Dinner will begin at 4:00 p.m. and, with any luck, Santa
just might make a special appearance and give gifts to all the good
seniors in attendance.
Additional volunteers and donations are welcome. To volunteer or donate,
please contact Jackie Hickey at 416.992.4280.
About Bayshore Home Health
Bayshore Home Health has been enhancing the quality of life, dignity and
independence of Canadians in their homes since 1966. Canadian owned and
operated, it is one of the country's leading providers of home and
community health care services, with more than 50 home care offices and
20 community care clinics. It delivers nursing, personal care, home
support and companion services to more than 70,000 Canadians annually,
and also offers nurse and caregiver staffing services to health care
institutions and the corporate sector. Its subsidiaries provide
specialty pharmacy, infusion and patient support services to
pharmaceutical companies and health care organizations (Bayshore
Specialty Rx), physiotherapy and rehabilitation services (Bayshore
Therapy & Rehab) and dialysis services (Bayshore Dialysis).
SOURCE Bayshore Home Health
For further information:
Community Health Advisor
Bayshore Home Health