Mobility constraints can make it challenging for some to leave their home. This can lead to loneliness and isolation. Good Companions Seniors’ Centre Without Walls is a service that connects those are homebound and who cannot get to programs at the Centre, both seniors 55 years and older and adults 18 years and older with physical disabilities, through free interactive telephone-based programs. Seniors' Centre Without Walls gives those who are homebound the chance to connect with others and also to learn through information sessions delivered over the phone.
Seniors’ Centre Without Walls is a teleconferencing program that provides participants with the opportunity to access a variety of programs. Participants can obtain essential health-related information by directly accessing and speaking to professionals within their community; they can engage in brain-stimulating activities, and in later-life-learning opportunities. Most importantly, the program provides participants with a sense of being a part of a community, and the opportunity to create new and meaningful friendships.
Laura Ward, the Seniors Centre Without Walls Program Coordinator, says: “My favourite part is when participants share ideas and experiences with each other and they learn from each other. They ask for advice and find peers who have had similar experiences with knowledge that they can share. I love to be able to help bring people together and to see (hear) new connections being formed.”