I met Allan many months ago, when he accompanied his friend Patsy to my office. At the time, Patsy was providing housecleaning services on a part-time contract basis for Quesnel Better at Home. Allan overheard me telling Patsy how I needed more male helpers to do the yard work, and Allan decided then that he would also volunteer with Better at Home. Allan had heart problems in the past and knew he needed to become more active,
*Stock photo – Transporting seniors
Simple transportation is a steady roadblock and many B.C. seniors don’t know where to turn to get help. It’s all the more challenging in a quaint yet widespread area, like Maple Ridge and its surrounding communities. This persistent problem also endures throughout the province, yet Better at Home’s volunteer transportation efforts aim to support seniors’ independence.
Maple Ridge was a pilot community for CASI in 2009 and Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Community Services housed the much needed program.
Margaret has been a South Okanagan Better at Home client for some time. She depends on her scooter and in-home elevator to get around her home and community. When the elevator in her apartment started malfunctioning and she and her family couldn’t afford to fix it, Margaret became isolated and unhappy.
Only on rare occasions when the elevator was functional, Margaret could escape her apartment. As time went on, Margaret became afraid to use the elevator for fear she would get stuck inside.
Shirley Klatik, better known as “Shirl”, was new to Chilliwack and looking for a way to become familiar with the area and make new friends.
Shirl was depressed and missed being around people, so she visited her family doctor in Chilliwack to find out what she could do about it. The doctor suggested that she contact Chilliwack Community services for volunteer opportunities. She called and explained that she was a senior who lives alone,
Committed to inclusion – Central Okanagan Better at Home’s engagement process opens arms to Deaf and Hard of Hearing community
Leslee Scott, previously with the Western Institute of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, attended the Central Okanagan Better at Home Community Meeting in Kelowna on November 23rd, 2013. Adding to the 45 attendees, 23 of whom were self-identified seniors, two interpreters were also present to sign. This is the first time a Better at Home community meeting has had official sign language interpreting, helping to create a more accessible environment for people with hearing loss.