The numbers of seniors aged 65 and over is projected to more than double from 1.8 million, or 13.7 per cent of population in 2009, to 4.1 million, or 23.2 per cent, by 2036. By 2017, for the first time, seniors will account for a larger share of population than children aged 0–14.
The Home Response Collaborative responds to calls from family, community members and/or agencies with concerns about people living in challenging situations. The team provides services to vulnerable adults and seniors, with a focus on older adults over 55 years.
People who are vulnerable may be isolated or reclusive, have difficulty coping, and are without easily identified supports such as family, friends or a doctor. They may also have:
- Complex physical and/or mental health issues.
- Unsanitary or unsafe living conditions such as bedbugs and hoarding.
- High risk for eviction or becoming homeless.
- Limited or no financial means.