AgriSpirit Fund helps health centres purchase van

Sep 11 • Feature Story, LifeNo Comments on AgriSpirit Fund helps health centres purchase van

The Chatham-Kent Community Health Centres (CKCHC) recently received a grant from the Farm Credit Canada’s (FCC) AgriSpirit Fund to help replace their van with an accessible model.

The fund contributed $15,000 towards the purchase.

The CKCHC delivers the community-based Age Well program, which is staffed by a full-time team comprising a registered nurse, physiotherapist and occupational therapist. The Age Well program utilizes the van to support programming across Chatham-Kent, providing in-home supports and services, including home safety assessments, individualized home exercise programs, and health education for chronic disease management.

If the van is not in use for the Age Well program, it is utilized by CKCHC team members/clinicians to provide home visits and a wide variety of outreach and other health promotion programming.

The van is a vital enabler for care delivery, centres officials said, as many CKCHC clients do not have access to transportation supports.

“With limited funding for infrastructure renewal, we rely on funding from sources like the FCC AgriSpirit Fund to deliver care to those we serve throughout Chatham-Kent,” Sherri Saunders, CKCHC executive director, said in a media release. “We are excited that we were a successful recipient of this funding that will allow us to replace our aging van to be able to continue supporting clients in the community.”

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