To celebrate National Volunteer Week and to honour Better at Home volunteers for the amazing work they do, here is a story of how our volunteers are changing seniors’ lives:
When 95-year-old Prince George resident Faye* lost her husband, she was unsure how she would manage the upkeep on her home. She was also worried about social isolation because she doesn’t have any family living nearby.
In March 2014, with the help of Prince George Better at Home services Faye has been thriving at home for the past two years. Her home upkeep is well supported by the volunteers who come by to help inside and outside the house.
One of the things that became very apparent, early in the development of the Better at Home program in Oceanside, was the need for our local seniors to have an opportunity to get out and get their own groceries.
All of the grocery stores in the Oceanside area deliver, however, it was evident that it was important to the seniors that they were able to see, and perhaps touch, the produce they were going to buy.
Stock photo – Afghan woman
Roya* is a proud 92 year old woman from Afghanistan who came to Canada as a refugee. Roya had absolutely no family support in Canada, and very few friends. She felt extremely isolated, partly because her Afghan dialect is quite rare. This made communication with neighbours and people in her community very challenging. This communication barrier also made it very difficult for the Burnaby Better at Home staff who needed to find someone to effectively communicate Roya’s needs and help bridge barriers in cultural expectations and understanding.
In Castlegar, we do our best to provide our services in a personal, efficient and consistent way.
We believe that by connecting our clients with only one or two service providers, we foster trusting and productive relationships between clients and the Better at Home team. These relationships create safe and consistent connections for our clients, which can reduce isolation and reduce risk for elder abuse. Though we have many fully independent and well connected seniors,