For the Record – Filling the Gaps in Senior Care with Alec Morgana

Marwa Elgabry – October 6, 2019

Alec Morgana, co-founder and Wellness Manager of Call The Grandkids, pictured with a local senior he connected with through his modern senior home service.

(Alec Morgana / Call The Grandkids)

Senior care has been a question this federal election campaign. As Canadians wonder what will be done on a national scale to increase senior support, party leaders haven’t fell short of promising an increase in funding. The Liberals, Conservatives, Greens, and New Democrats have promised increased financial support. The party platforms on senior care are as follows:

  • Liberal Party: increase old age security by 10% at 75 years of age, increase Canada Pension Plan Survivor’s Benefit by 25%
  • Conservative Party: increase the Age Credit by $1,000
  • NDP: national senior strategy including a funded national dementia strategy and elder abuse prevention plan
  • Green Party: implement national senior strategy and boost CPP target Income replacement rate from 25% to 50%

A local senior care specialist emphasized the importance of moving beyond funding by investing in home and social care. Alec Morgana, co-founder and Wellness Manager of Call The Grandkids, says he’s working to fill the gaps in our senior care system.

“Home support provided publicly through the government, that is almost entirely health care based, so that’s where seniors and people that need personal care and more the medical side of things. They’re really not funded and able to help when it comes to the companionship side of things.” – Alec Morgana, Call The Grandkids co-founder and Wellness Manager

Morgana attributes this need for increased home and social support, to the company’s creation. Reflecting on a personal experience, he explained that when his grandfather passed away, his grandmother found herself alone and in need of extra support. Morgana and Call The Grandkids co-founder and Wellness Manager, Penny Vlahos, happily filled that role. He says their experience inspired the senior home service’s inception.

“After my grandfather passed away, my grandmother suddenly found herself alone in a big house and she was starting to need more support. So penny and I actually lived close to her and found ourselves going over there a lot. We asked ourselves were there other seniors out there that could benefit from this kind of thing?” – Alec Morgana, Call The Grandkids co-founder and Wellness Manager

Morgana states that publicly funded health care programs which provide home assistance to seniors are available, but aren’t accessible enough to meet demand.

Alec Morgana and Penny Vlahos, co-founders and Wellness Managers of Call The Grandkids, pictured during a home visit with local seniors.

(Alec Morgana / Call The Grandkids)

Alec Morgana, co-founder and Wellness Manager of Call The Grandkids, pictured with a local senior.

(Alec Morgana / Call The Grandkids)

Beyond home assistance, Morgana identifies another gap in senior care which he says stems from a lack of effort to combat social isolation.

Morgana pointed to research that shows social isolation may accelerate the onset of dementia.

“Having seniors be isolated in their own homes and unable to get out and unable to see people, is so detrimental to their physical health as well as their mental health.” – Alec Morgana, Call The Grandkids co-founder and Wellness Manager

He says Call The Grandkids’ mission is to provide seniors with companionship and compassionate home assistance in order to foster mental and physical well-being, and to fill the gaps in our senior care system.

To hear the full interview, click on the link below.