The Better at Home program is starting in the Central Okanagan and provides seniors help with simple day-to-day tasks. This program, which is funded by the B.C. government and managed by United Way of the Lower Mainland, helps support seniors so they can continue to live independently in their own homes and remain connected to their communities.
The Better at Home program relies on caring volunteers to assist in delivering some of the services to seniors. Seniors Outreach & Resource Centre is the lead agency delivering this program in Kelowna and is currently looking for volunteers who could assist seniors with theirs errands or accompany them while shopping. Volunteers are matched one-to-one with a senior for a truly personalized experience. Volunteers should enjoy the company of seniors, be patient, and have good communication skills.
The seniors in this program often no longer drive and have difficulty running errands on their own. Assisting with these activities helps seniors remain independent in their own homes for longer and reduces feelings of isolation. Imagine how rewarding it is to help make daily living a little easier for someone, while also helping them feel connected to their community.
If you are interested in learning more or starting to volunteer, please contact Kathryn at Seniors Outreach & Resource Centre at 250-861-6180 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Central Okanagan Better at Home program is also being delivered throughout the valley by Lake Country Health Planning Society, the Peachland Wellness Centre, and Westside Health Network. Whether you are interested in volunteering for the Better at Home program or finding out more about other programs and services, these organizations would enjoy hearing from you. Please contact the agency nearest you for more information on their specific volunteer opportunities.