County hiring Senior Safety Officer
The Municipality of the County of Victoria has received $25,000 from the Nova Scotia Department of Seniors toward the development of a senior safety program that includes the hiring of a senior safety officer.
The municipality’s Age-friendly Committee, comprised of Warden Bruce Morrison and district councillors Fraser Patterson and Larry Dauphinee, secured the funding. Their grant application included a letter of support from the RCMP.
Over the past five years, the committee has identified some of the safety, security and independent living needs of seniors living in the county.
"One of the biggest things that's come up, and it's come up consistently through the years, is transportation, or some kind of transit,” said Councillor Patterson via telephone Nov. 29. “Another is home assistance with chores, such as mowing and snow shoveling. We also have a fair number of what we would call isolated seniors. We just want to make sure that if there's any services we can provide for them, that's what the senior safety officer will do.”
Councillor Patterson said there have been Senior Safety Officers in the province for about a decade. Until this year, however, only non-profit societies could apply for the funding.
See page 13 for the Senior Safety Officer job description and application deadline.