The Seniors Managing Independent Living Easily (or SMILE) program connects seniors at risk of losing their independence with local services, helping them remain in their own homes.
The SMILE program provides access to services for frail and elderly seniors 75 years old and older who live in the counties of Northumberland, Hastings, Prince Edward, Lennox and Addington, Frontenac, Lanark, Leeds or Grenville. Eligible seniors are those who, because of functional or cognitive impairment, need help with activities essential to daily living and are at risk of being admitted to a long-term care home or hospital.
Clients of the SMILE program can choose who provides their services and when. Services are coordinated by VON but delivered by local agencies, businesses and individuals. The program covers the cost of a range of services, including meals, transportation, housekeeping, shopping, foot care, bloodwork, laundry, respite and seasonal outdoor chores, for eligible clients.
For clients whose annual income exceeds the threshold for service funding, VON can offer service navigation to assist with maintaining independence.
Helping seniors remain independent in their own homes — now that is something to SMILE about!