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VOLUNTEER MONTH

Volunteers bring their hearts to seniors’ homes “I believe the Better at Home program is a necessity because the government can’t build senior housing fast enough for current needs. Better at Home extends the time an individual can stay in their familiar surroundings until aging health dictates otherwise. “Being a volunteer driver gets me out as well as the “shut in” so it’s a double blessing in that way. I’ll do this as long as I can because then I’ll need someone to drive me... the “pay it forward” concept.” - Volunteer Bob Lewis “You meet so many nice people! When I met Susan I just hit it off with her- she’s so much fun! We felt comfortable right away – a wonderful, wonderful thing. “This program has made a real difference for me. I try to make people more aware of the program. I tell everybody – especially my friends and older people. To know you can pick up the phone and get someone - it’s a great thing.” - Client Cecilia Charette

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he Powell River and Texada Better at Home Program is now in its third year with over 100 seniors receiving services that allow them to live independently in their own homes and remain connected to their communities. The Better at Home program, funded by the BC government and managed by the United Way of the Lower Mainland, delivered here by Inclusion Powell River with a mix of volunteers, contractors and paid staff. The range of non-medical support services available to local seniors include: • Transportation to appointments, shopping and events • Light housekeeping, minor repairs, friendly visiting and light yard work. Residents of Powell River and Texada who are 65 years and over are eligible for the program. Seniors who receive Better at Home services pay a fee for some services, based on income. Other services may be free. The contribution by volunteers in the Better at Home program is invaluable and is the key to its success. Over 30 vol-

HAPPY AT HOME: Volunteer Susan Paquette and senior client Cecilia Charette, at Cecilia’s home during a visit. Contact Lisa at 604.485.8004 or email betterathome@pracl.ca to learn more about Better at Home program. unteers visit seniors and assist with rides and shopping. The program is flexible; some volunteer several times a week, others a few times a month. New volunteers are welcomed. Connecting seniors with volunteers in their neighbourhood, especially in rural areas, is a goal of the program. Contractors and paid staff provide housekeeping, yard

and home repair services. The program is guided by a Volunteer Advisory Committee that provides valuable support to promote and improve the program as it grows. Volunteers in this program are committed to these values and deliver the program with generosity and enthusiasm to seniors in the community.

The Patio is open!

Date Night every Saturday night

includes appy to share, an entree each, dessert to share

April 14 Eastern European Buffet April 28 Moroccan Buffet Appy Hour Fri, Sat & Sun $5 off appetizer platters between 3 & 5 pm 4603 Marine Avenue

Reservations recommended

Reiki Zen shiatsu Reflexology Aromatherapy Couples massage Four hands massage Pre and post natal massage Swedish & deep tissue massage Marie Eve Barnes 604 414-9772

Eve Stegenga

604 414-5991

Gift Certificates & Mobile Service Available

6804 Alexander Street

Dog Gone Grooming Spring appointments booking fast! Come visit Jessica and Lou Anne. Dogs to a maximum 50 lbs.

Grooming • Bath • Brush • Nails Teeth Brushing • Ear Cleaning Don’t forget about our self-serve pet wash. Leave the mess for us!

6758 Cranberry Street • 604 483-2293

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Refreshingly Different

604-485-0010

LOCAL Hatch-A-Bird Produce Chicken Pork Eggs Now available

Full-service banquet room up to 80 guests; call Jovelyn

www.treefrogbistro.com

Try our deli. Store-made. Not out of a box! Did you know we make these in-store, too?

Angus Beef Patties • Smokies • Sausages

Treat yourself with our Premium Steaks 4741 Marine Ave

604 485-4838

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Powell River Living April 2016  

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