Canadians are living longer today than ever before: average life expectancy has risen from 72 fifty years ago to 82 today. With longer lives comes significant changes on several fronts: national productivity, health needs, housing, civic engagement, caregiving. ROSSS is a progressive organization that is responsive to the needs of Ottawa South residents, making the region an accessible and vibrant place to call home at any age.
Ongoing consultations with community members confirm that the sparsely populated, large geographic area makes it hard to stay connected. As such, ROSSS offers extensive programming to help seniors remain active and connected in their community.
Adult Day Program
The Adult Day Program provides supervised individual programming in a group setting for older adults, who may be physically frail, cognitively impaired and/or socially isolated. Our program is designed to assist participants in achieving and maintaining their maximum level of functioning, to prevent premature and inappropriate institutionalization and to provide respite and information for caregivers. Program elements include planned social, recreational and physical activities, snacks and lunch. Transportation is available upon request.
Please note that an in-home interview is required to determine eligibility.
ROSSS Transportation Services
Do you need to run some local errands? Do you need a drive into the city for an appointment?
Transportation is a necessity and a particular challenge for those living in rural settings.
ROSSS’ transportation program helps remove challenges and barriers to getting around, to wherever that may be: medical, personal, social or basic shopping. We employ screened volunteers and paid drivers to help you reach your destination locally or in the urban centre. We also offer shopping buses to urban and local shopping centres from various pick-up points throughout the rural south area, including Metcalfe, Greely, Osgoode, Manotick and North Gower.
Please call ROSSS at 613-692-4697 for all your transportation needs. We now offer Sunday Services!
Meals on Wheels
ROSSS provides community members with nutritious freshly cooked and frozen meals. This service is available on both a short- and long-term basis to and are delivered directly to your home during the week. Meals are provided in partnership with Take Another Bite.
Fresh meals are delivered Monday-Friday and are $7.00 each.
Frozen meals are available for delivery or pick-up at our Manotick Office Monday- Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at $6.00 each.
View our menus.
Social Health and Wellness
Staying active and engaged with the communities around us is key to a healthy and long life, and ROSSS is proud to offer a variety of programs to do just that:
ROSSS provides a range of services to support seniors as they age independently in their own home or community. For information about any of the services listed below, please contact the Manotick office at 613-692-4697 or the Metcalfe office at 613-821-1101.
Foot care clinics
Professionally-staffed and convenient clinics to take care of your foot aches, problems and overall maintenance. Booking in advance is required.
ROSSS volunteers conduct regular visits with homebound clients in our community with the aim to reduce isolation and loneliness through friendship and support.
ROSSS volunteers are ready and available to assist you in preparing your income tax and benefit return papers.
Snow Go and Snow Go Assist
ROSSS administers the City of Ottawa Snow Go and Snow Go Assist programs for rural Ottawa South. Snow-Go offers free assistance in finding individuals or contractors to clear snow from private driveways and/or walkways. Snow-Go Assist provides financial assistance in the form of reimbursement of a portion of snow removal costs for eligible clients. To qualify, clients must complete an application form, provide proof of income and a signed snow removal contract.
ROSSS volunteers regularly contact clientele by telephone to ensure and verify the well-being and security of vulnerable members of our community.