Seniors Program Launched in Chatham

76-year-old John Worthy with Community Support Supervisor Katelyn St.Amand. Worthy is one of 25 Chatham residents receiving assistance through the March of Dimes program.

A program that allows seniors with health needs to stay in their homes is launching in Chatham.

The March of Dimes will receive $500,000 annually from the Erie St.Clair LHIN to offer the Mobile Wellness Program. It will serve up to 25 seniors per year in Chatham and create up to 12 additional part-time jobs.

April Nelmes with the March of Dimes says running the program out of their hub at Riverview Terrace makes sense. “So efficiency, financially and what not, it was best to put the program here as opposed to having to spend resources in another location,” says Nelmes. “Additionally staff here are all trained so if something was to occur that we didn’t have a wellness staff readily available, one of the other staff could go out to it.”

The program is community driven and will be based on the needs and statistics of the community. Nelmes says they hope to expand the program in the future to serve seniors outside of Chatham.