Seniors' Resource Page 

formerly the Parish Nurse Ministry page 

 October 2017
St Mark's Parish Nurse Ministry 2004-2016
We give thanks to the work and ministry of Patti Robillard and Janet Helmer, 
our Parish Nurses during the past 12 years. 

This ministry, started in May 2004, closed April 2016. 

this site will remain open as an information resource, only. 


Diocesan Elder Care Survey  - October  2017
There are many challenges with looking after elders. Many of them require no assistance at all; others require assistance in living out the golden years.  Housing, isolation, finance, health, mental and end of life issues abound in the elder community as a whole. The Parish Ministry Committee is gathering opinions and issues from across the province, and will be putting together a number of questions that can be used to influence the political agenda and advocate for better elder care. 
Please take a moment to complete our survey, and help us in our mission.         Take Survey


Pastoral Care / Friendly Visitors 
Caring for each other: a congregational discussion

An initial discussion took place on January 19, 2014, to discuss ways we can support the various needs of our parish. A number of initiatives/actions are already moving forward.

What is still needed:
People to volunteer and get involved.
Stewardship offering of time and talents. 

If you have time to support any of these Caring ministries: 
Friendly phone calling, Friendly visiting or Transportation (drive to church).
Please contact the church office by e-mail
or phone call  (613) 224-7431         

Notes from the January 2014 meeting,  
 and future follow-up will be found here

Circle of Care

This is a supportive pastoral caring ministry of "being there for the family caregiver and/or patient". Each Circle would help provide specific support for an individual parishioner's need. 

It could include:  

  • scheduled visits, providing caregiver respite and companioning or  
  • perhaps your gift of support lies in a casserole ministry 
  • some other kind of support such as respite from housekeeping

Full Circle of Care hands-on help for family caregivers 
Caring Bridge bringing family, friends and loved ones together when it matters 

Prayer Shawl Ministry
St Mark's Prayer Shawl Ministry started in 2010, with the first blessed shawl being given in June. The shawls are lovingly made by parishioners, with prayer, for specific individuals or as gifts to those who need healing grace. Pocket Shawls are also available to carry in a pocket or purse. 

Shawls are blessed the first Sunday of the month. 

Prayer shawl ministry for general information on the international program


seniors - general Community Program Resource Book  - compiled by Janet Helmer April, 2016
OSSOntario Seniors' Secretariat - Programs and Services   
OSS Guide   "A Guide to Programs and Services for Seniors in Ontario". The guide helps seniors find what they need, when and where they need it, and features up-to-date information on provincial and federal services available to seniors, in 16 languages. It provides practical information on issues that affect our quality of life as we age, including: 
* health, wellness and active living 
* safety, security, finances and transportation 
* housing, long-term care homes and care-giving 

health  AHHA American Holistic Health Association  -  self-help videos and articles  
DRCC Champlain Diabetes Regional Coordination Centre
LHC    Living Healthy Champlain
OHS    Ottawa Hospice Services (Friends of Hospice Ottawa / May Court)
OPCC Ottawa Pastoral Counselling Centre (Diocese of Ottawa)
SAS O-R   Alzheimer Society - Ottawa - Renfrew County
H&S    Heart and Stroke Foundation 

legal ACE    Advocacy Centre for the Elderly - a community-based legal clinic for low income senior citizens


Newsletters DRCC Champlain Diabetes Regional Coordination Centre
    bi-monthly newsletter - check on line for subscribing 
LHC    Living Healthy Champlain monthly newsletter - online
    or for direct e-newsletter 
OHS    Ottawa Hospice Services (Friends of Hospice Ottawa / May Court) 
ACE    Advocacy Centre for the Elderly - Spring/Summer 2013 newsletter  
CAO   Council on Aging Ottawa

February 2013

Ottawa Hospice Services (Friends of Hospice Ottawa / May Court) officially opens new hospice beds at Embassy West 


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