The Perth Enrichment Program has a little more pep in its step after a $5000 donation from the Commonwell Insurance Group on Jan.10. Pauline Fitchett, the executive director at the Perth Enrichment Program (PEP), said she was thrilled with the donation, which will go a long way to help support programming and transportation costs.
PEP offers a program of care, direction and therapy, which focuses on helping older adults stay healthy and remain at home longer, she said.
“The community-based, adult day program is designed to support and enrich the functionality of older adults through individualized plans of care.” The program is structured as a comprehensive, holistic care program that provides a variety of health, social and related services in a protective setting during daytime hours. The day program has two primary goals directed toward the enrichment of lives, for both participants and their caregivers. They include enhancing/maintaining the functioning level (physical, social, emotional and cognitive) of older adults on an individual basis, in concert with input from their health-care providers and family. The program also seeks to provide respite, encouragement and education for family / caregivers of participants.
The recent $5000 donation from the Perth-based insurance company will be split equally between the Smiths Falls and Perth programming facilities. In Perth, the $2500 will be used to support PEP’s ability to offer transportation for clients to the program, as well as social activities that are organized by the social committee and program costs, Fitchett noted. In Smiths Falls, $1400 is earmarked for assisting clients that may not be able to financially afford attending the day program and $1100 will assist with program and activity costs.
“We are very pleased to support PEP in the work they do to keep older adults healthy and connected in our community,” said Miki Paczek, manager at Commonwell in Perth. “It is great to see how they have increased the services they offer and the area that they serve in the four and a half years they have been operating.”
Established Jan. 1, 2014. The Commonwell is a merger of three long-standing mutual insurance companies that has been built on more than a century of hands-on commitment to the local communities it serves. Since its founding four years ago, The Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group operates on the same historical premise of its three legacy companies – maintaining a focus on local presence and service that builds strong long-term relationships for the benefit of the greater community.
Article by Laurie Weir was featured in The Perth Courier, Jan. 17 2019. Thank you to The Perth Courier for all the great work you do for our community.