Sunshine Coast Better at Home has arrived on the Sunshine Coast and Burt couldn’t be more pleased.
Funded by the province of B.C., managed by the United Way and delivered by Sunshine Coast Community Services, Better at Home helps seniors remain living at home by providing non-medical services such as friendly visiting, transportation, grocery shopping, light yard work, minor home repairs and light housekeeping. Fees for these services are determined on a sliding scale, and some services are free.
Burt is a widower living alone in Sechelt and his remaining family lives off-Coast. After seeing the article in Coast Reporter about the Better at Home Program in Sechelt, he called and inquired about “friendly visiting.”
Rose was retiring, and wanted to volunteer with seniors. She applied to Better at Home to become a volunteer “friendly visitor.” Rose was interviewed and screened and attended an orientation session prior to being matched with Burt.
For the past two months, Rose has been visiting Burt weekly. They chat, laugh and work in the kitchen together. Burt enjoys Rose’s visits, her advice on cooking and the laughter that now fills his house. Rose helped him prepare his wife’s signature dinner, which he cooked and proudly served to his visiting daughter and family.
His message to seniors living alone who need help and want to remain in their homes is: “Better at Home is as close as the phone.”
To find out more about services or volunteering, come to the community launch of Better at Home this Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 11:30 a.m. at the Sechelt Seniors Activity Centre. The first 100 seniors attending will receive a $5 coupon for lunch following the launch.
If you need a ride, register before Monday, Dec. 9, at 4 p.m. From Gibsons to Sechelt, call 604-885-2644. In Pender Harbour, call 604-883-2022.