This story is in partnership with Ontario Trillium Foundation.
“Knock Knock,” say the cards hanging on doors in a seniors’ community housing building in Parkdale, west Toronto. Much like “Do Not Disturb” signs in hotels, they tell staff and volunteers from the local non-profit West Neighbourhood House that they should knock to check in and make sure otherwise isolated residents are ok.
Many of the building’s few hundred senior residents have been worried about isolation, and during COVID-19, those fears have intensified.
This small creative tweak — hanging signs to let staff know they are welcome to check in with the resident — has reassured seniors that people are looking out for them, says Maureen Fair, executive director of West Neighbourhood House, which provides a variety of services to people who are vulnerable, including to man
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