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Better at Home helps seniors remain independent, but connected to the community

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Better at Home is a program designed to support seniors in maintaining independence and staying connected with their communities by providing non-medical support services. The program is funded by the Government of British Columbia and managed by the United Way. Services are delivered by local non-profit agencies, such as Collingwood Neighbourhood House.

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Volunteer Julieta visits client Francesca as part of the Friendly Visiting program

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Renfrew-Collingwood Better at Home services:

  • Seniors Shuttle
  • Light Housekeeping & Yard Work
  • Walking Club (See December’s schedule HERE)
  • Friendly Visiting Program

Seniors’ Shuttle

The Seniors’ Shuttle provides door-to-door transportation to take seniors where they need to go into the community, such as medical appointments, grocery shopping, running errands, etc.

The shuttle runs on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays, 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.  

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Client Anne with Seniors’ Shuttle driver Lund

Light Housekeeping & Yard Work

This service connects seniors with experienced housekeepers in the community to help with light housekeeping and yard work tasks, such as vacuuming, cleaning the bathroom, mowing the lawn, weeding, etc.

Walking Club

The Better at Home Walking Club provides an opportunity for seniors to come together to exercise, socialize, and meet new people. The group meets in the lobby of CNH to walk locally in the neighbourhood or make special trips to explore other areas further away. This is a FREE program. The Walking club meets Mondays & Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Click HERE to see December‘s schedule.

Friendly Visiting Program

The Renfrew Collingwood Better at Home Friendly Visiting Program aims to enhance the social and emotional wellbeing of isolated or lonely seniors in the area by matching them with a weekly volunteer visitor. By providing isolated seniors with social interaction and companionship, the program attempts to improve seniors’ quality of life. Most Friendly Visitors will go to see a senior in their home once per week for one or two hours. The Friendly Visiting Program is a free service.

Better at Home Service Rates

Affordable rates on a sliding scale, based on income:

Eligibility: Seniors (55+) living in Renfrew-Collingwood

RC Better at Home catchment area in JPEG

To register or for more information, please call 604-435-0375 or e-mail ahofmarks@cnh.bc.ca

Click the following links to learn about resources for seniors in Renfrew-Collingwood:

Other Resources for Seniors

BC Seniors Guide

This guide is an important resource for helping seniors to find the services they need, and it is available in different languages. Visit https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/family-social-supports/seniors/about-seniorsbc/seniors-related-initiatives/bc-seniors-guide to view the guide.

Better at Home Client Referral Form

This form should be used by social service agencies to refer clients to CNH’s Better at Home program. Click HERE to access the form.

For more information about Better at Home, please visit www.betterathome.ca

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*Better at Home is funded by the Government of BC and managed by the United Way.