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Government helps more older adults stay independent with expanded program

Media Contacts

Ministry of Health

Communications
250 952-1887 (media line)

Terry Harrison

Communications
Healthy Aging United Way
250 514-1064

Media Contacts

Ministry of Health

Communications
250 952-1887 (media line)

Terry Harrison

Communications
Healthy Aging United Way
250 514-1064

Backgrounders

Facts about Better at Home
  • New or expanded Better at Home programming include communities in the following regions:
    • Cortes Island (served by Cortes Island Seniors Society)
    • Quadra Island (served by Quadra Circle Community Connections Society)
    • Houston, Smithers and Telkwa (served by Houston Link to Learning)
    • Princeton (served by Princeton and District Community Services Society)
    • Golden (served by Golden Community Resources Society)
    • Texada Island (served by inclusion Powell River)
    • Bowen Island (served by North Shore Community Resources Society)
    • Southern Stl’atl’imx - Lower Lakes and area (served by Sea to Sky Community Services)
    • Hedley (served by OneSky Community Resources Society)
    • Nicola Valley - Merritt and area (served by Interior Community Services)
  • Approximately 12,000 people use Better at Home services each year.
  • Sites were identified based on criteria such as the overall proportion of seniors and Elders in the area and the number of those likely to require Better at Home services (e.g., isolated and vulnerable).
  • Seniors and Elders living at home in a community that has a Better at Home program are eligible to apply.
  • The program is managed by the United Way of the Lower Mainland’s Healthy Aging initiative.