Reach out a helping hand to seniors

North Island seniors living at home are getting a boost from the Government of British Columbia.

North Island seniors living at home are getting a boost from the Government of British Columbia. Now it’s up to local volunteers to ensure the Better at Home program delivers on that promise.

The government is committed to supporting seniors so that they can stay at home as long as possible because that is what seniors want. The Better at Home program funded by this government, helps seniors live at home longer – among friends, family, and neighbours.

Funded by the B.C. Health Ministry and delivered by the United Way and North Island Crisis and Counselling Centre, Better at Home is designed to help low-income seniors get help with non-medical tasks. That could include friendly visits, help with groceries, minor home repairs, transportation, light yard work, and housekeeping, depending on the needs of the community.

Volunteers typically deliver the services, and seniors pay, based on their income. The fees go back in to the program to support others who are using the services. The program is meant to help low-income seniors without taking business away from the private sector. Ultimately, the success of the program will depend on volunteers that want to make a difference in their community.

Once the program is fully rolled out, Better at Home services will be available in communities throughout the North Island.

The North Island Crisis and Counselling Centre is seeking volunteers that want to make a difference in their community.  To inquire about volunteer opportunities, call 250-949-8333.

 

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