Student-Senior Isolation Prevention Partnership
A national initiative with 12+ university chapters,
started by University of Toronto
WHAT IS SSIPP?
The Student Senior Isolation Prevention Partnership (SSIPP) is a national initiative partnering health professional students to visit older adults in the community - or during COVID-19, to call older adults weekly, to provide social comfort and connection. Older adults are referred to SSIPP by their healthcare teams/coordinators. This program enables health professional students across Canada to contribute to fostering a society that promotes the well-being of older adults, while enabling them to feel valued and remain socially connected. This is especially imperative for older adults at risk of social isolation during the current COVID-19 pandemic, with heightened physical distancing measures and visiting restrictions on long term care facilities in place.