CHILLIWACK – Chilliwack-Hope MLA Laurie Throness is applauding the provincial government’s decision to extend funding for the Better at Home program to aid seniors’ independence in their homes and communities.
“The services offered through this program make a purposeful difference in the lives of seniors in the Fraser Valley. For many it’s a vital support in maintaining their independence,” said Throness. “I’m thankful that funding for the Better at Home is being renewed and seniors will continue to receive supports from local volunteers and contractors.”
Health Minister Terry Lake has announced the provincial government will provide $5 million this year to the United Way of the Lower Mainland to administer the program, which helps seniors with day-to-day tasks so that they can continue to live in their own homes and remain connected to their communities.
Locally, Chilliwack Community Services is the provider of Better at Home services and partners with Agassiz-Harrison Community Services. Services currently provided by the organization are transportation to appointments, minor home repairs, light housekeeping and friendly visiting – providing companionship to seniors.
“As the coordinator of this program for the past two years, I have seen the positive effects Better at Home has had on seniors’ lives,” said Sarah Woelders, Better at Home coordinator at Chilliwack Community Services. “Some seniors need a friendly visit to help them get socially connected, others need a housekeeper to help preserve their mobility. Whatever the case may be, Chilliwack Better at Home is helping them maintain their independence, while staying at home longer.”
Chilliwack Community Services is currently seeking volunteers for its Friendly Visitor program. Information is available on Chilliwack Community Services’ website www.comserv.bc.ca/seniors or by calling 604-393-3251 ext. 240.
Better at Home services are provided at the community level by local non-profit agencies in 67 program sites throughout British Columbia. Services are provided by volunteers and paid contractors.
Including this year’s allotment, $31 million has been provided by the provincial government to the program since 2012.