NO SENIOR LEFT ALONE! And COVID-19
Comox Valley Senior Support exists to help address issues of isolation experienced by older adults. Isolation can be an outcome of not having family to support you, not having friends or friends nearby, having illness or mobility issues that prevent or limit participation, being a caregiver, or simply being an elderly person who has no one left.
Our office, located at 491-B 4th Street is now open again on Monday through Friday. With COVID-19 still a threat we are being cautious and request the use of a face mask when you visit. If you don't have one, we have a supply in the office. Office hours are: Monday to Thursday 10am - 2pm (often longer if you call first), and Friday - 10am - 1pm.
Our Friendly Visiting volunteers are now cleared to resume home visiting providing physical distancing can be maintained (visiting outdoors is preferable when possible), masks are worn, and there are no safety issues. We want to ensure the safety of the people we support as well as our volunteers. For those for whom a home visit is not possible, phone visits will continue.
We are providing support to seniors who need assistance with forms and documents. Call for information.
We are also providing support to caregivers. Click on the CAREGIVER SUPPORT tab for more information.
Free counselling continues to be available.
If you need help with shopping, give us a call. We cannot take you shopping but we can shop for you.
To contact us, call our office at 250-871-5940 and leave a message that includes your name and phone number. You can also email: firstname.lastname@example.org. We will get back to you quickly.
SPECIAL NOTE: For seniors who don't answer their phone unless they recognize the number on their call display screen - please consider relaxing this vigilance so our volunteers can reach you. They will be calling from their home or cell phone. They will identify as being a volunteer with us and, if you feel uncertain, you can always call our office number to ask if the person is a legitimate volunteer with senior support or not.
Prior to the arrival of COVID-19 we had planned an awareness and fundraising campaign to support the work we do. In mid-March we changed the nature of this by conducting a 'NO SENIOR LEFT ALONE - MAKE THAT CALL' campaign. We wanted to make sure that seniors knew they were not alone, that they would be supported during this unusual and difficult time.
We would also appreciate your support and you can do this by making a donation through the CANADA HELPS link on this website. You can also join our league of remarkable volunteers. At the very least, share information about our programs - particularly to those who would benefit from our support.
Take care of yourself. Take care of others too.
Julie is supported by CV Senior Support volunteer, Chris. Julie lives alone and eagerly looks forward to her weekly interaction with Chris who visits, laughs with her, takes her out, and provides in Julie’s words, “a ray of sunshine – the visit is the high point of my week”.
Lis lives alone in her home. She has macular degeneration and cannot read anymore, something she once enjoyed and misses terribly. CV Senior Support volunteer and retired librarian, Louise, reads to Lis each week, an activity they both enjoy. To quote Lis, “Louise is a gem who provides such pleasure. Without her I would be isolated and have nothing to look forward to”.