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Better at Home arrives in Campbell River

The Campbell River Better at Home program will help Campbell River seniors/elders to continue living in their own homes longer and stay connected in the community by providing a range of basic non-medical home support services.

The services are provided to eligible seniors/elders on a sliding fee scale and some services may be free.

Better at Home is funded by the Government of British Columbia and is being administered across the province by the United Way of the Lower Mainland as a non-profit sector initiative (visit www.betterathome.ca for more details).

In Campbell River, the program is being implemented as a partnership between Campbell River Family Services Society and Volunteer Campbell River, with the assistance of a local Advisory Committee.

Development of the Campbell River Better at Home program is underway with an anticipated launch of services in late April/early May this year. Initially friendly visiting and transportation to appointments, recreation and social activities will be offered and delivered by qualified, trained volunteers.

Over time, help with light housekeeping, grocery shopping, simple home repairs, light yard work and snow removal may be added.

Better at Home services are integrated with, and will not replace, existing local services. All residents in Campbell River who are 65 years of age and older, and who would benefit from the program's objectives, are able to access the services within the program's resource constraints.

As a first step, Volunteer Campbell River is seeking volunteers interested in friendly visiting and/or providing transportation assistance. All volunteers will meet qualifying criteria, including a clear criminal record check, and attend training sessions.

For more information about volunteering for this worthwhile initiative, contact Zeny Lim, Program Coordinator: Volunteer Engagement - Better at Home, by phone: 250-287-8111, or by email: BAH@volunteercr.ca.

For information about Campbell River Better at Home services, contact Brenda Wagman, Program Coordinator, by phone: 250-287-2421, or by email: brenda.wagman@crfs.ca.

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