Carefor Health & Community Services

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Editor's Note

This profile originally appeared in the 2020-21 Giving Guide. Read the full magazine here.

Carefor is a charitable non-profit home healthcare and community support service organization that supports people of all ages across eastern Ontario. Our skilled staff work closely with clients, caregivers and others within the circle of care to create and deliver a flexible care plan that’s tailored to the individual’s needs. Caring is central to all our programs and services, which include home healthcare, community support programs such as meal delivery and friendly visiting, as well as adult day programs for people living with dementia. We also operate a 10bed community hospice, two residential facilities and a 16-bed care home for women living with dementia.

Carefor

At a glance:

Year founded: 1897

Geographic region of focus: Eastern Ontario (Ottawa, Pembroke-Renfrew County, eastern counties)

Total revenue for last fiscal year: $66,321,000

Top funding sources:

  • Government funding: 71.5%
  • Individual donations: 2.3%
  • Other sources: 26.2%

How you can help

Give

As a not-for-profit, our goal is to keep the cost of our services affordable and therefore accessible to our clients. Donor support allows us to offer subsidies so seniors living with dementia can attend adult day programs; it also subsidizes costs for those who can afford no other option than to live at our residential facilities in Pembroke. Donors help us cover the cost of expensive equipment for clients. Beyond subsidies, donor support helps fund training for staff as well as equipment that allows us to transition some of our services online, allowing clients to stay safe in their homes.

Volunteer

Carefor has more than 1,000 volunteers. The opportunities to volunteer with us are seemingly endless, but all focus on helping people in need. Some of the opportunities include volunteer driving for our non-urgent medical transportation program, palliative visiting, friendly visiting, adult day programs for people living with dementia, meal delivery, recreation classes and much more. Volunteers are the lifeblood of Carefor and offer vulnerable and isolated seniors a chance to connect with someone whom they know cares.

Feast of fields
Feast of Fields is an opportunity for Carefor to connect with a larger audience, to increase our name recognition in Ottawa and to raise funds for our adult day programs for people living with dementia. Donations allow us to subsidize the cost for low-income seniors so they can access the programs.

Events and fundraising

Feast of Fields
Raising funds for adult day programs for people living with dementia. The money raised is used to subsidize the program costs for low-income seniors.

Safe at Home with Carefor
Raises funds for Virtual Carefor at Home. Donations will go towards purchasing equipment, training and developing programs that will allow Carefor to connect with seniors in their homes virtually to offer home care and adult day programs for isolated seniors dealing with social isolation, deconditioning and mental health issues.

Don't Forget Mom
(Ottawa Tulip Festival, May)
Raises funds for programs for women living with dementia. Donations will subsidize the cost of services to allow low-income seniors access to our services.

Board members and executives

Steve and Norma
Steve Perry is CEO of Carefor Health; Norma Strachan is chair of the board

Maury Hill
Vice-chair, Ottawa

John MacKenzie
Treasurer, Ottawa

Sheldon Gunn
Secretary, Ottawa

Janet Dunbrack
Ottawa

Joan Fernandez
Ottawa

Gar Knudson
Ottawa

Monika MacLaren
Ottawa

Gerry Morris
Pembroke-Renfrew County

Stewart Ray
Pembroke-Renfrew County

Ruth Pollock
Eastern counties

Mary Jane Randlett
Eastern counties

Nicole Szabo
Eastern counties

Fundraising priorities

  • Home healthcare
  • Virtual healthcare
  • Community support services

Donation wishlist

Technology (hardware and software) for staff and clients to be able to receive services online.

Get in touch

760 Belfast Rd.
Ottawa, Ont.
K1G 6M8

carefor.ca
info@carefor.ca

Twitter: @CareforHealth
Facebook: /CareforOntario
Instagram: @Carefor_health