SPRINT Senior Care

We began caring for seniors and enabling seniors to care for themselves in 1983. We continue to do so today as an accredited, not-for-profit community support service agency in Toronto by offering a wide range of practical and low-cost services to seniors and their caregivers. Our services help seniors stay safe, connected, and live as independently as possible. They also prevent premature or inappropriate institutionalization.

Our Impact Why We Exist

How we care for seniors:

  • Caregiver education and support
  • Community wellness programs
  • Counselling and support groups
  • Day and evening programs for seniors with dementia and/or a physical frailty/physical disability
  • Dementia Care residence
  • Farmers’ markets
  • In-home care
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Supportive housing
  • Transportation

Our Story What We Do

History of Organization

SPRINT Senior Care started as SPRINT (Senior Peoples' Resources in North Toronto) as a grassroots organization with a small government grant. Over the past 30+ years, we have grown to be an accredited not-for-profit, United Way Member organization with over 4,000 clients, 500 volunteers, and 250 full-time/part-time staff.

Accolades and Accomplishments

SPRINT Senior Care has successfully advocated on a wide range of issues impacting seniors. We work closely with seniors’ advocacy groups such as Care Watch to ensure seniors have a voice at municipal, provincial and federal forums. SPRINT Senior Care is the lead agency for Toronto Ride, a partnership of 13 not-for-profit community support service agencies that provide assisted door-to-door transportation to seniors 55+ and adults with disabilities who are not eligible for Wheel-Trans. Please refer to our Annual Reports for a detailed overview of our positive impact on the lives of our clients, caregivers, their families, and the community we serve.

Our Programs How We Do It

Services include an Active Living Centre (Adult Day Program), community wellness programs, a dementia care residence, homecare, Meals on Wheels, medical help at home, social work, support groups for caregivers, supportive housing and transportation. Our programs are supported by well-trained and carefully screened volunteers. The volunteer program can be reached at 416.481-6411.

Active Living Centre

The Active Living Centre program runs during the days, afternoons into the evenings, and on Saturdays. Seniors with dementia, such as Alzheimer's, other cognitive challenges, and/or phyiscal frailties are offered a secure environment to participate in social and recreational activities. The program strives to support independence while focusing on the individual’s current strengths and abilities. Opportunities are provided to socialize with peers and participate in exercise and other areas of interest. The program helps prevent pre-mature or inappropriate institutionalization.

Funding and Program Partners

The program thanks its many volunteers from the community who enrich many of our activities. Private donors regularly provide financial support for the program, and we thank Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network for its ongoing support for this important program.

Program Impact

While the program member receives care, family members/caregivers find respite from their caregiving responsibilities.

Toronto's Vital Signs® indicator(s) addressed by Program

“As the population ages, Toronto’s seniors will outnumber its children within 25 years:

  • Toronto has the highest proportion of seniors (aged 65 and older) in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
  • More than half of the seniors living in the GTA (53%) reside in the City of Toronto
  • Seniors comprised 13.3% of the City population in 2007. Their percentage (of the total population), has grown by 2% since 1986.  
  • More than 25% of seniors were living alone in 2006 (up 5.4% from 2001), increasing the challenges of social isolation.

Our city is home to 68% of low income seniors in the GTA. The number of seniors is expected to increase by 42% over 25 years, so that by 2031 they make up 17% of the City population.” 

Participant Vignette

“One hundred years can go by fast’ says Centenarian in North Toronto. Be interested in everything. That’s the simple advice Gertrude Verny says she wishes to pass on to well-wishers on her 100th birthday.  She celebrated her 100th birthday December 3, 2013 with a party at the SPRINT Senior Care's Active Living Centre. 

“I never in my life painted a thing,” explains Ms. Verny as she completes a picture of purple flowers during her birthday bash. She says she first picked up a paint brush at the Active Licing Centre at age 97. “I was interested in everything,” she says about her long and often difficult life. “When I’m healthy, I like to do things,” she adds. 

Wearing a large pink corsage, a double string of pearls and a white shawl on her black and white dress, Ms. Verny explains some of the hardships she faced during a century of living. She says she walked across the border from her native Czechoslovakia into Hungary to escape the Nazis. Her family was forced into hiding in Budapest. After the war, the family tried to build a life in Vienna, Austria, but in 1952, Ms. Verny, then age 40, her husband and son left everything behind again to come to Canada. Her sister already lived in Toronto.

Ms. Verny, who speaks four languages, lives independently at home with support from family and friends. She attends  SPRINT Senior Care's Active Living Centre to meet peers and stay active. Born in 1909, she grew up at her grandmother’s house while her father served in the First World War. Her family was the envy of the neighbourhood because they had electricity coming into the house.  “One hundred years go by fast when you’re interested in everything,” says Ms. Verny.

HouseCalls

Interdisciplinary mobile team providing primary health care to frail and homebound seniors in North Toronto.

Program Impact

  • Reduced emergency room visits
  • Avoid pre-mature institutionalization
  • Extend opportunity to live safely at home

What You Can Do

Active Living Centre

Activities a donation will support

A donation to SPRINT Senior Care's Active Living Centre (Adult Day Program) will ensure a program member receives care and family members find respite from their daily caregiving responsibilities.

HouseCalls

Activities a donation will support

Grant activities can be applied to specific disciplines within the team, such as: physiotheraphy, occupational therapy and social work.

Contact

Vonnie Barron
Director of Operations
416.481.0669 x332
Charitable Number: 104973458RR0001

Finance & Governance

Annual Operating Budget: 
$ 12,033,831

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