Celebrating FCSS Grant Success to Further Support Seniors
July 22, 2022
Hinton Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) has been awarded a staggering $48,000 from the Alberta Elder Abuse Awareness Council (AEAAC) to continue and expand their exemplary work in providing elder abuse case management services.
This funding will allow FCSS to create a part-time Navigator position for 14 months to enhance the advocacy of our region on a provincial level and provide mentorship throughout our region. The funds will enable Hinton FCSS and Hinton Employment Learning Place (HELP) to renew their partnership in assisting older adults and their families with navigating mental health, addictions and elder abuse supports.
“This is really great as it will improve access to support services in our community and region for seniors experiencing mental health and addiction concerns and elder abuse,” said Caryn Bouchard, manager of FCSS.
“Accessing mental health and addiction support in rural communities can be difficult for older adults and family members experiencing these challenges and the Navigator will work to ensure seniors are appropriately referred to community agencies and will provide warm hand-offs of the senior clients between agencies. By navigating these supports for the senior as well as for the addicted family member or members, crises can be prevented.”
A portion of the awarded funding will go to HELP, a collaborating agency in addressing elder abuse. HELP provides support to individuals experiencing unemployment, homelessness, addictions, and mental health issues, and can provide additional support for our regional Coordinated Community Response Network (CCR) when these challenges are contributing to abuse of seniors within the family dynamic. HELP also provides SmartRecovery workshops for families journeying through the addiction and recovery process.
“This additional support from HELP in conjunction with the Navigator position will provide support for both family members experiencing mental health and addiction issues, as well as providing client-centred support to the victimized senior,” said Bouchard. “This strategy will provide a continuum of support for both the abused older adult as well as the family member living with addiction/mental health challenges.”
Thanks to the grant funding, the new Navigator position will help the municipalities of Hinton and Edson as well as Yellowhead County (east and west) from September 1, 2022, to August 31, 2023. The provincial elder abuse prevention advocacy and regional mentorship will be the Navigator’s focus to ensure the need for seniors' supports in rural communities are made a greater priority. It will be an enhancement to current community supports, essential for the health and wellbeing of seniors.
Congratulations, FCSS, on your continued grant success!