First Bayshore Home Health "Home Alone Dinner" brings Etobicoke seniors together on Christmas Day

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 year.

"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:

Jackie Hickey
Community Health Advisor
Bayshore Home Health
Phone: 1.416.992.4280

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