Seniors don’t need to be alone

Better at Home has a program that matches volunteers with seniors who do not have family or close friends in town

The Better at Home program through NexusBC Community Resource Centre is looking for seniors who do not have local family or social connections and would like to connect with someone in the community.

The Better at Home program through NexusBC Community Resource Centre is looking for seniors who do not have local family or social connections and would like to connect with someone in the community.

The holidays are an emotional time, a time in which we focus on connecting and making memories with the ones that mean the most to us. Remembering lost loved ones and happy times gone by can be disheartening for anybody.

The Better at Home program through NexusBC Community Resource Centre is looking for seniors who do not have local family or social connections and would like to connect with someone in the community.

“This service is offered year-round, but is especially important during the holiday season,” said Lisa Roberts, a program coordinator for Better at Home. “Right now, we have volunteers looking forward to being matched with a senior.”

Volunteers are screened by NexusBC, and activities can include going on walks, bird watching, playing board games, or just talking over tea.

“It’s about doing activities you both enjoy,” said Roberts, adding that visits take place when it works for both the senior and the volunteer. “The hope is for a wonderful connection that is mutually beneficial.”

The Better at Home program is 100 per cent dependent on funding from the Government of British Columbia through United Way of the Lower Mainland, and by private donations.

“The demand for the program far exceeds the funding available, which is why we gratefully accept donations and are so fortunate to have so many caring volunteers,” said  Roberts.

For more information and to sign up, phone NexusBC at 250-545-0585 or email betterathome@nexusbc.ca