The Town of Strathmore has announced a social prescribing program to link residents with much-needed support.

Link Care 55+ is a new program in Strathmore that connects residents over 55 to non-clinical services.

Healthy Aging Alberta gave a grant to the town that made the program possible and will allow residents to improve their health by aligning their healthcare needs with social services in the community.

"Link Care 55+ will better support residents by allowing them to connect with non-clinical supports that will help them address some of the underlying health and well-being challenges," said Mayor Pat Fule. 

This program is said to help healthcare professionals refer patients to community-based programs, which may improve their quality of life.

If a healthcare professional notices that a patient would benefit from better social support, they can write a social prescription to link a worker.

Link workers are non-clinical professionals who help people develop and achieve their goals by connecting them with community resources. 

"We are fortunate to have a great group of professionals running Link 55+. Our team is passionate about helping our senior residents through social prescribing, ensuring that clients are getting the support that they need," said Manager of Community and Social Development, Budd Brazier. 

Link workers can complement their client's medical care by providing additional support.

This support includes connecting clients to recreational and social programs, while also assisting with access to financial and transportation programs.

For more information on Link Care 55+, visit the Town of Strathmore's website. 

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