Adapting to loss

September 17th, 2015

By Candace Ekins, Program Coordinator - Prince George Better at Home

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. She also really relies on the regular friendly visits help to battle the isolation of living alone.

Prince George Better at Home services and support have made significant positive changes in Faye’s life. Her daughter recently told program staff, “I talk to her once a week. She now has more to talk about due to having a weekly friendly volunteer that comes and plays cards with her and she loves the conversations with her housekeeper and grounds keeper. She seems to have some spirit back in her voice!”

* Names have been changed to protect the confidentiality of Better at Home clients

Building on community assets and developing capacity at the program level are at the root of Better at Home’s work.