The Oasis Senior Supportive Living Inc. program is designed to strengthen and sustain healthy communities of seniors by addressing important determinants of healthy aging such as isolation, nutrition, physical fitness, and sense of purpose.
It was developed as an innovative solution to support aging well at home. Oasis is founded to serve seniors who, with some support, are able to live independently.
It is a concept that recognizes the importance of self-determination and offers programs based on the identified needs and wishes of Oasis members. Oasis seeks to enable seniors to remain at home and age with dignity.
The purpose of the program is to provide, through collaboration with public sector, not-for-profit, and private sector organizations, a supportive living program for low and moderate income seniors that builds community among members in the setting of an existing private sector apartment building, thus:
Preventing social isolation
Facilitating better nutrition
Promoting physical fitness
Oasis addresses the most common challenges faced by seniors living in private sector accommodation:
Adequate nutrition and risk of malnutrition primarily from eating alone
Isolation, loneliness, and loss of self-worth
Fear of injury and falls
The support of the landlord is critically important to the program. They provide, free of charge, space within the building for communal activities.
Oasis today is an independent not-for-profit organization with a volunteer Board of Directors and funding from the South Eastern Local Health Integration Network (SE LHIN). Oasis Kingston has partnered with Providence Care Hospital to provide administrative services and ongoing financial and human resource supports. Oasis has also been fortunate in having support from the Rotary Club of Kingston, in the form of a public address system and furniture for the Oasis Lounge.
The Value of Oasis
Oasis communities are located where there are sizable populations of seniors, for example apartments and mobile home parks, rather than creating new senior-specific facilities. In doing so Oasis allows residents to build a community of support where they live, fostering social connections and self-determination.
Oasis uses existing resources and facilities within each city to offer a unique set of services based on the needs of each community.
Our Board of Directors
The following serve as Oasis Board members:
Helen Cooper (President)
Alida Moffatt (Vice-President)
Judith Mackenzie (Secretary/Treasurer)
Gail Hawley Knowles
Their combined skills and experience have been invaluable in the progress Oasis is making.