VON Greater Kingston

VON Greater Kingston VON is Canada's largest, non-profit, charitable health and social services agency. This page is for the site serving Greater Kingston. Since its inception in 1897, VON has been committed to caring for individuals through an expanding assortment of health and community support programs.

At an Annual Meeting of the National Council of Women in 1897, a national nursing service was inaugurated in commemoration of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, and nurses were supplied to outlying districts in Western Canada. The first nurse that VON Greater Kingston sent to Toronto for a qualifying course in Community Nursing was funded by donations. With official recognition of the Kingston Bran

At an Annual Meeting of the National Council of Women in 1897, a national nursing service was inaugurated in commemoration of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, and nurses were supplied to outlying districts in Western Canada. The first nurse that VON Greater Kingston sent to Toronto for a qualifying course in Community Nursing was funded by donations. With official recognition of the Kingston Bran

Operating as usual

08/18/2021
A big THANK YOU to Atria Kingsdale Chateau for their generous donation of bread for our meals on wheels department. The ...
06/11/2021

A big THANK YOU to Atria Kingsdale Chateau for their generous donation of bread for our meals on wheels department.

The clients will appreciate the extra item.

A big THANK YOU to Atria Kingsdale Chateau for their generous donation of bread for our meals on wheels department.

The clients will appreciate the extra item.

Foot care:Serious foot problems can put your mobility, well-being and independence at risk.  Our healthcare professional...
05/28/2021

Foot care:
Serious foot problems can put your mobility, well-being and
independence at risk. Our healthcare professionals work to keep your feet healthy, so you can maintain an active lifestyle. A VON nurse will visit clients at home to assess the individual's general health, provide expert foot care and counsel clients on how to care for their feet themselves. Care includes clipping nails, treating corns, calluses, ingrown nails and thickened nails and preventative care as well as referral to other health professionals.

Foot care:
Serious foot problems can put your mobility, well-being and
independence at risk. Our healthcare professionals work to keep your feet healthy, so you can maintain an active lifestyle. A VON nurse will visit clients at home to assess the individual's general health, provide expert foot care and counsel clients on how to care for their feet themselves. Care includes clipping nails, treating corns, calluses, ingrown nails and thickened nails and preventative care as well as referral to other health professionals.

Home Help: VON Home Helpers assist with household management. We provide: Light Housekeeping, Laundry, Meal Preparation,...
05/28/2021

Home Help:
VON Home Helpers assist with household management. We provide: Light Housekeeping, Laundry, Meal Preparation, Grocery Shopping, and Other Errands. The Home Help Service Providers are paid employees who have been previously screened and have experience in the field.

Home Help:
VON Home Helpers assist with household management. We provide: Light Housekeeping, Laundry, Meal Preparation, Grocery Shopping, and Other Errands. The Home Help Service Providers are paid employees who have been previously screened and have experience in the field.

Exercise and Fall Prevention:Falls can be prevented, let VON’s FREE Fall Prevention Program help you avoid falls, stay s...
05/28/2021

Exercise and Fall Prevention:

Falls can be prevented, let VON’s FREE Fall Prevention Program help you avoid falls, stay strong, healthy, and on your feet!
Why is it important: Affecting 1 in 3 seniors at least once per year, falls account for 85% of all injuries resulting in hospitalizations among those aged 65 and older.
Learn to significantly reduce your risk of a fall by: Minimizing risks, Removing hazards, Building strength, Improving Balance, And so much more!

Exercise and Fall Prevention:

Falls can be prevented, let VON’s FREE Fall Prevention Program help you avoid falls, stay strong, healthy, and on your feet!
Why is it important: Affecting 1 in 3 seniors at least once per year, falls account for 85% of all injuries resulting in hospitalizations among those aged 65 and older.
Learn to significantly reduce your risk of a fall by: Minimizing risks, Removing hazards, Building strength, Improving Balance, And so much more!

Stroke: A free confidential program designed for survivors, family and caregivers, that provides information, support, a...
05/28/2021

Stroke:

A free confidential program designed for survivors, family and caregivers, that
provides information, support, and referrals to community resources. Professionally facilitated Support Groups meet regularly. Groups include: Survivor Support, Aphasia Support, and Caregiver Support. Additional services: Aphasia Buddies, Survivor Peer Support, Living With Stroke, Aphasia Conversation Group with Speech Language Pathologist.

Stroke:

A free confidential program designed for survivors, family and caregivers, that
provides information, support, and referrals to community resources. Professionally facilitated Support Groups meet regularly. Groups include: Survivor Support, Aphasia Support, and Caregiver Support. Additional services: Aphasia Buddies, Survivor Peer Support, Living With Stroke, Aphasia Conversation Group with Speech Language Pathologist.

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05/26/2021

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Community Living Kingston and District would like to acknowledge and show appreciation to community partners in Kingston and Gananoque who exemplify what Community Living is all about. This month we would like to acknowledge the VON Greater Kingston Meals on Wheels program.

The VON Meals on Wheels program has given our Community Inclusion Program (CIP) a number of volunteer opportunities throughout the years and they have always been fully supportive of persons served. In 2020/21 when there have been so many uncertainties and closures, Meals on Wheels has continued to provide meaningful volunteer opportunities that can be done safely and they have been able to accommodate ever-changing schedules. They value the volunteers from CIP and are grateful for their contributions. Anne-Marie, Teresa, and the rest of the team are always friendly, welcoming and very appreciative of the volunteers helping with meal deliveries.

City Hall lit it up blue Tuesday night for VON Week 2021! Beautiful
05/26/2021

City Hall lit it up blue Tuesday night for VON Week 2021! Beautiful

City Hall lit it up blue Tuesday night for VON Week 2021! Beautiful

Proclamation received from the City of Kingston
05/26/2021

Proclamation received from the City of Kingston

Proclamation received from the City of Kingston

Respite:If you or someone you know is caring for a person and requires relief, the Respite Program may be of help to you...
05/26/2021

Respite:
If you or someone you know is caring for a person and requires relief, the Respite Program may be of help to you. VON staff are qualified health professionals.

Generally visiting once or twice a week, staff are sensitive to the needs of the caregiver and the person they are caring for.

We offer: Regular in-home relief to ease emotional and physical strain, share concerns and seek guidance from qualified staff, and we can provide caregiver information, education and training,

If you know anyone who can benefit from this program please contact us today!

Respite:
If you or someone you know is caring for a person and requires relief, the Respite Program may be of help to you. VON staff are qualified health professionals.

Generally visiting once or twice a week, staff are sensitive to the needs of the caregiver and the person they are caring for.

We offer: Regular in-home relief to ease emotional and physical strain, share concerns and seek guidance from qualified staff, and we can provide caregiver information, education and training,

If you know anyone who can benefit from this program please contact us today!

Assisted Living:VON Assisted Living allows high risk seniors to maintain a high quality of life in the comfort of their ...
05/26/2021

Assisted Living:
VON Assisted Living allows high risk seniors to maintain a high quality of life in the comfort of their own homes. Personal Support Workers provide clients with pre-scheduled support throughout the day and are available for on-call assistance 24 hours a day by unscheduled visits. Each client is provided the use of Lifeline®.
Personal and homemaking support includes: Dressing, Personal Hygiene and
Mobility Assistance, Shopping, House Cleaning and Meal Preparation.
If you or a family member could benefit from Assisted Living Services, contact the South East LHIN at 1-800-869-8828 to complete an eligibility assessment.

Assisted Living:
VON Assisted Living allows high risk seniors to maintain a high quality of life in the comfort of their own homes. Personal Support Workers provide clients with pre-scheduled support throughout the day and are available for on-call assistance 24 hours a day by unscheduled visits. Each client is provided the use of Lifeline®.
Personal and homemaking support includes: Dressing, Personal Hygiene and
Mobility Assistance, Shopping, House Cleaning and Meal Preparation.
If you or a family member could benefit from Assisted Living Services, contact the South East LHIN at 1-800-869-8828 to complete an eligibility assessment.

A BIG Thank you to The Rosewood Retirement Community for the beautiful cake celebrating VON Week!!! It was delicious and...
05/25/2021

A BIG Thank you to The Rosewood Retirement Community for the beautiful cake celebrating VON Week!!!
It was delicious and enjoyed by not only the office staff but volunteers as well!

Smart:Seniors Maintaining Active Roles Together (SMART™) provides FREE exercise classes to seniors who wish to improve s...
05/25/2021

Smart:
Seniors Maintaining Active Roles Together (SMART™) provides FREE exercise classes to seniors who wish to improve strength, balance and flexibility regardless of their current ability level. The program may help to increase fitness levels, reduce social isolation and keep you on your feet. The benefits to the program are: Low impact aerobics, Strength training, Balance exercises, Flexibility / Stretching, No mat work & use of a chair.

Smart:
Seniors Maintaining Active Roles Together (SMART™) provides FREE exercise classes to seniors who wish to improve strength, balance and flexibility regardless of their current ability level. The program may help to increase fitness levels, reduce social isolation and keep you on your feet. The benefits to the program are: Low impact aerobics, Strength training, Balance exercises, Flexibility / Stretching, No mat work & use of a chair.

Transportation: This program allows clients to obtain transportation to appointments and outings; including day programs...
05/25/2021

Transportation:
This program allows clients to obtain
transportation to appointments and
outings; including day programs, grocery shopping and other errands within Kingston.
Health Vans located across the South East LHIN are used for long distance medical appointments such as dialysis.
Benefits are: Allows individuals to remain independent, Provides regular contact with friendly volunteers, Allows Clients to complete
essential errands and medical appointments.

Transportation:
This program allows clients to obtain
transportation to appointments and
outings; including day programs, grocery shopping and other errands within Kingston.
Health Vans located across the South East LHIN are used for long distance medical appointments such as dialysis.
Benefits are: Allows individuals to remain independent, Provides regular contact with friendly volunteers, Allows Clients to complete
essential errands and medical appointments.

Diner's Club: Monthly social event and luncheon for seniors. Seniors living on their own often feel isolated which is de...
05/25/2021

Diner's Club:
Monthly social event and luncheon for seniors. Seniors living on their own often feel isolated which is detrimental to their mental and physical well-being. This program mixes social interaction, education with nutritional meals, to feed mind and bodies. Catered lunch for a nominal fee and a chance to meet new acquaintances and connect with old friends.
Informative guest speakers are invited to
present topics that are of interest to the senior population.
Transportation to and from the luncheon may be available upon request once the lunches are able to start up again during this Covid-19 time.

Diner's Club:
Monthly social event and luncheon for seniors. Seniors living on their own often feel isolated which is detrimental to their mental and physical well-being. This program mixes social interaction, education with nutritional meals, to feed mind and bodies. Catered lunch for a nominal fee and a chance to meet new acquaintances and connect with old friends.
Informative guest speakers are invited to
present topics that are of interest to the senior population.
Transportation to and from the luncheon may be available upon request once the lunches are able to start up again during this Covid-19 time.

This week is VON week!!! Today we are highlighting a few of our programs: Meals on Wheels, Diner's Club, Transportation ...
05/25/2021

This week is VON week!!!

Today we are highlighting a few of our programs: Meals on Wheels, Diner's Club, Transportation and Smart.

Meals on wheels was established in 1966, the program helps people live independently at home. It is available to seniors who need nutritional help, adults with acute/chronic illness or adults with physical disabilities. We offer a variety of frozen and hot meals to meet individual needs. We deliver hot lunches Monday-Friday and frozen meals can be ordered bi-weekly. Clients may choose delivery days to best fit their needs. VON strives to keep meals affordable. Subsidies may be available to those who qualify.
Veterans Affairs Canada may assist with meal costs for Veterans.

This week is VON week!!!

Today we are highlighting a few of our programs: Meals on Wheels, Diner's Club, Transportation and Smart.

Meals on wheels was established in 1966, the program helps people live independently at home. It is available to seniors who need nutritional help, adults with acute/chronic illness or adults with physical disabilities. We offer a variety of frozen and hot meals to meet individual needs. We deliver hot lunches Monday-Friday and frozen meals can be ordered bi-weekly. Clients may choose delivery days to best fit their needs. VON strives to keep meals affordable. Subsidies may be available to those who qualify.
Veterans Affairs Canada may assist with meal costs for Veterans.

"PSWs are the backbone of the health system and approximately 35% of all PSWs in Ontario work in the home and community ...
05/19/2021

"PSWs are the backbone of the health system and approximately 35% of all PSWs in Ontario work in the home and community sector, delivering a range of vital services that reduce the need for more expensive hospital care, emergency room visits, or long-term care."

Thank you for all you do VON PSW's and Home Helpers!!! You all are very much appreciated.

"PSWs are the backbone of the health system and approximately 35% of all PSWs in Ontario work in the home and community sector, delivering a range of vital services that reduce the need for more expensive hospital care, emergency room visits, or long-term care."

Thank you for all you do VON PSW's and Home Helpers!!! You all are very much appreciated.

#WeAnswerTheCall We would like to recognize the courage and commitment that nurses work under every day in the community...
05/10/2021

#WeAnswerTheCall We would like to recognize the courage and commitment that nurses work under every day in the community, which has been especially brought to light during the pandemic.

Thank you for all you do!!!

#WeAnswerTheCall We would like to recognize the courage and commitment that nurses work under every day in the community, which has been especially brought to light during the pandemic.

Thank you for all you do!!!

April 28, 2021 is the National Day of Mourning. Let us use this day to remember those who have lost their lives or suffe...
04/28/2021

April 28, 2021 is the National Day of Mourning. Let us use this day to remember those who have lost their lives or suffered an injury or illness due to their work.

April 28, 2021 is the National Day of Mourning. Let us use this day to remember those who have lost their lives or suffered an injury or illness due to their work.

04/23/2021

Thank you !!!!

The VON would like to thank Mayor Paterson and City of Kingston - Municipal Government for recognizing the value & impor...
04/23/2021

The VON would like to thank Mayor Paterson and City of Kingston - Municipal Government for recognizing the value & importance of volunteers by Proclaiming the week of April 18th – April 24th National Volunteer Week.
Thank you

The VON would like to thank Mayor Paterson and City of Kingston - Municipal Government for recognizing the value & importance of volunteers by Proclaiming the week of April 18th – April 24th National Volunteer Week.
Thank you

04/23/2021

We want to recognize our Volunteer who lends her time to the tasks in the VON Kingston office. Lynda has made hundreds of phone calls to our clients for our Meals on Wheels deliveries.
She has made thousands of photocopies for every department, and she has filed an un countable number of papers.

Thank you for everything you do in the office!!!

We rolled out the red carpet and gave our volunteers the VIP treatment to celebrate National Volunteer Week.  Here are p...
04/23/2021

We rolled out the red carpet and gave our volunteers the VIP treatment to celebrate National Volunteer Week. Here are photos of some of our amazing volunteers!

04/22/2021

We want to recognize our Stroke volunteers today. This past year has been a trying time for our Group sessions, Aphasia Support Buddies, and Peer Support Groups, however that did not stop the groups from happening. The internet has made the sessions possible by Zoom!!
Thank you all very much!

04/22/2021

We want to recognize our Volunteers who lend their time to helping our seniors stay active. There are currently 7 volunteers in our SMART program who not only lead exercise classes but who also assist in both our Fall Prevention and In-Home exercise programs as well.
Thank you for your commitment and dedication to keeping our seniors moving!!!!

04/21/2021

We want to recognize all of our Transportation Volunteers today.

There are 5 active volunteers who take time out of their day to take seniors in our community out for their appointments. There has been 861 drives made this past year. Thank you! You are all very much appreciated!

04/20/2021

Volunteer Appreciation Week!!!!!

We want to recognize all of our Meals on Wheels Volunteers today.
There are 52 volunteers who take time out of their day to deliver meals to our seniors in the community, Monday to Friday.
An average of 5,000 hot & frozen meals a month are delivered, 60,735 meals a year. Thank you for all you do!

Faces of VON: Jennifer Page, PSW, Assisted Living Program, KingstonHow long have you been working with VON?I have been w...
03/31/2021

Faces of VON: Jennifer Page, PSW, Assisted Living Program, Kingston

How long have you been working with VON?
I have been with VON for almost two years. I work full time as a PSW.

Why did you choose a career in home care/nursing?
I have been working in healthcare for over ten years now. I worked in a retirement home for the majority of those years, and I thought I loved my job. But, as time went on I knew that there had to be something out there that satisfied me more, and that would help me feel like I was given a purpose in my career. I decided to apply to VON, not realizing this was going to be the best decision of my life. What I love most about homecare is how personal it really is.

What is the best piece of advice someone has given you or that you could give someone else about providing caring support to clients?
The best piece of advice I have received, and truly allowed it to be applied to my work perspective, is: life is short, don’t take it for granted. I know it sounds simple, but it goes beyond words; in this industry, the connections you make with your clients are extremely sentimental. Something we have to remember is tomorrow is never promised. This advice allows me to make the most of every visit, each and every day.

What do you like to do for fun outside of work?
When I’m not working, my fun usually consists of getting outside, whether that’s taking my dog for a walk or just getting some fresh air. Prior to COVID, I enjoyed traveling and spur-of-the-moment road trips especially with family and friends. In the summer if you can’t reach me, I’ll most likely be by the beach. I also love to cook, and my daughter and I try to dabble with new recipes every now and then…sometimes they can be a fail, but that’s what makes them fun.

What is the most courageous thing you’ve ever done? Do you have any big dreams or goals you’d like to accomplish?
One of the most courageous things I have ever done was leaving my career at the previous facility I worked at to join VON full-time, without knowing what homecare truly had in store for me. A goal that I would love to accomplish would be to travel more and see what the world has to offer.

Can you think of a time or moment that stands out that brought a smile to your face at work?
I simply could not just pick one moment, it would have to be the daily morning greetings from each of my clients. They always welcome me with “open arms” and big smiles. Every day is not going to be perfect, however knowing that I am there to make a difference serves me more purpose than one moment could ever make up for.

What do you find is the most rewarding part of your role at VON, or being part of the VON team?
As I have mentioned, VON has truly become the greatest team I have had the pleasure of working for. VON offers an incredible support team that does not go unrecognized and knowing that they have my back at the end of each day is very rewarding. I don’t think I’ve ever felt more content with my career than I do now, working for VON. I didn’t find VON – VON found me.

Faces of VON: Jennifer Page, PSW, Assisted Living Program, Kingston

How long have you been working with VON?
I have been with VON for almost two years. I work full time as a PSW.

Why did you choose a career in home care/nursing?
I have been working in healthcare for over ten years now. I worked in a retirement home for the majority of those years, and I thought I loved my job. But, as time went on I knew that there had to be something out there that satisfied me more, and that would help me feel like I was given a purpose in my career. I decided to apply to VON, not realizing this was going to be the best decision of my life. What I love most about homecare is how personal it really is.

What is the best piece of advice someone has given you or that you could give someone else about providing caring support to clients?
The best piece of advice I have received, and truly allowed it to be applied to my work perspective, is: life is short, don’t take it for granted. I know it sounds simple, but it goes beyond words; in this industry, the connections you make with your clients are extremely sentimental. Something we have to remember is tomorrow is never promised. This advice allows me to make the most of every visit, each and every day.

What do you like to do for fun outside of work?
When I’m not working, my fun usually consists of getting outside, whether that’s taking my dog for a walk or just getting some fresh air. Prior to COVID, I enjoyed traveling and spur-of-the-moment road trips especially with family and friends. In the summer if you can’t reach me, I’ll most likely be by the beach. I also love to cook, and my daughter and I try to dabble with new recipes every now and then…sometimes they can be a fail, but that’s what makes them fun.

What is the most courageous thing you’ve ever done? Do you have any big dreams or goals you’d like to accomplish?
One of the most courageous things I have ever done was leaving my career at the previous facility I worked at to join VON full-time, without knowing what homecare truly had in store for me. A goal that I would love to accomplish would be to travel more and see what the world has to offer.

Can you think of a time or moment that stands out that brought a smile to your face at work?
I simply could not just pick one moment, it would have to be the daily morning greetings from each of my clients. They always welcome me with “open arms” and big smiles. Every day is not going to be perfect, however knowing that I am there to make a difference serves me more purpose than one moment could ever make up for.

What do you find is the most rewarding part of your role at VON, or being part of the VON team?
As I have mentioned, VON has truly become the greatest team I have had the pleasure of working for. VON offers an incredible support team that does not go unrecognized and knowing that they have my back at the end of each day is very rewarding. I don’t think I’ve ever felt more content with my career than I do now, working for VON. I didn’t find VON – VON found me.

Address

745 Progress Ave, Unit 1
Kingston, ON
K7M 6S4

Opening Hours

Monday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Tuesday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Thursday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm

Telephone

6136340130

Products

Assisted Living Services for High Risk Seniors
Footcare (In-Home & Clinic Locations)
Health Van Program
Home Help Maintenance
In-Home Respite
Meals on Wheels
Personal Support/Home Support
SMART® (Seniors Managing Active Roles Together)® Exercise Program
SMILE Program
Stroke Support Groups
Volunteer Transportation

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My mother's ride was scheduled for today and it was NO SHOW. No one around to answer the phones so we had to book a cab. This is the second time your service has let us down in a row. Why on earth would you let people schedule appointments and book them for days your office is closed?
I want to thank all those at the VON, staff and volunteers for the service that you continue to provide. I would specially like to thank the volunteers who deliver my meals on wheels each day. It is greatly appreciated. I know many of them are my age and putting themselves at risk by going out every day to help me. THANK YOU👍
Thank you to Meals on Wheels Kingston for arranging for us to attend the senior's Christmas Dinner at the Holiday Inn. Most enjoyable.
PSWs are the caring backbone to our health care system. Thank you.