Age Friendly Shaunavon

The Town of Shaunavon is a vibrant and picturesque community nestled in the Southwest corner of Saskatchewan. Our diverse business sector provides a wide range of products and amenities, enabling the community to be a significant service centre in the great Southwest. Shaunavon prides itself on serving a large agricultural sector and is fortunate to have a bustling oil industry.

Established in 1913, Shaunavon’s pure and abundant water supply was the key resource that drew over 700 settlers in less than one year’s time, earning it the nickname “Boomtown". In fact, Shaunavon became the first community in Canada to grow from a village to a town in under one year. Today this water supply continues to be essential to our economic growth. Shaunavon possesses multiple top notch recreation and cultural facilities for all ages which residents and tourists enjoy all year round.

This is a community where neighbors become friends and where friends unite to build a community in which we can all share. We are proud of our past and excited about the potential of our future!

Age Friendly Shaunavon

In February of 2022 the Shaunavon Town Council passed a resolution to become an Age Friendly community. Our Age Friendly committee held our first meeting in April of 2022.

An Aging in Place Committee was formed in March 2021, by request of Town Council, and they conducted Focus Groups in town using the 8 focus areas set out in the Age Friendly framework. They also utilized the results of the 2019 Strategizing For Positive Aging survey conducted by the Sask Seniors Mechanism. This allowed our committee to complete some of our application needs in a timely fashion. We are now working on implementing our action plans.

Our Vision and Mission

Vision: Healthy Aging in Shaunavon

Mission: The mission of the Age Friendly Committee is to improve the quality of life and reduce barriers faced by residents of Shaunavon who desire to remain in the community and/or their own residences throughout their lives, resulting in a community enriched by the contributions of all ages.

Committee Goals

1. Conduct a Needs Assessment

To conduct a needs assessment regarding aging in place by utilizing existing provincial statistics complemented by local focus group discussions to inform the committee’s recommendations.

2. Create an Inventory of Existing Services/Supports

To complete an inventory of existing services in the community that can assist and enhance Aging in Place, and identify gaps, as it relates to the 8 areas of focus outlined for aging in place by the Age Friendly framework:

  • Outdoor Spaces & Buildings
  • Transportation
  • Housing
  • Social Participation
  • Respect & Social Inclusion
  • Civic Participation & Employment Opportunities
  • Communication & Information
  • Community Support & Health Services

3. Recommend Actions for Long-Term Support of Aging in Place in Shaunavon

To formulate recommendations for action that is required to ensure that Aging in Place can be achieved in the community.

4. Communicate with the Community

To communicate the work of the Committee to the community at large and create an awareness of the need for ongoing initiatives for Aging in Place and to collect feedback through formal and informal methods that will inform the work and recommendations of the Age Friendly Committee.

Home Supports

Home Supports

“Older adults age want to age well in their hometown - THIS IS POSSIBLE."

People want to age in their own homes and communities for as long as possible. At Saskatchewan Seniors Mechanism we believe that if practical supports can be accessed as people age, they will be able to stay in their homes for years longer.

Real Options include:

1. Practical supports such as assistance with:

  • housekeeping
  • pet care
  • yard care
  • Minor home renovations
  • services to address particular medical and/or personal care with consistent, trusted home care workers
  1. Expanded in-home services to cover diverse health needs such as:
    • physiotherapy
    • education on managing conditions
    • wound care
    • help with specific continuing health issues
  2. Better Options for older adults to be healthier, happier and able to contribute to their community, even as they receive support through community services.

SSM is asking you to join those who are committed to the Home Supports Initiative. They are compiling a list of persons who confirm they support the Initiative. They need to have your name, phone number and email address. They will not share your phone number or email with anyone but need it to confirm you are a real individual. More names will lend more power and continue to build momentum. SSM will communicate with members of the group via email, our website and Facebook.

Please join and support the initiative by sending an email including your name and phone number to: homesupports@skseniorsmechanism.ca

To learn more, please visit: www.skseniorsmechanism.ca