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 450 Eighth Street, Courtenay, is open Monday through Thursday from 10 - 4pm. We are closed Friday through Sunday. With COVID-19 remaining a threat, we are cautious and follow the provincial health guidelines. A face mask and 2 meter physical distancing is required if you visit the office. If you don't have a mask, we have a supply in the office. It is best to call the office before you visit to make sure someone is available to serve you.
Home visits are once again suspended except in cases where a senior has no one else visiting. Dr. Bonnie Henry, our Provincial Health Officer, has stated that in this instance, one or two people may be designated as a visitor. Our Phone Call Program is busy and, if we cannot visit due to the Covid-19 restrictions, we will check in with you via phone, or a social media platform such as Zoom, once or twice a week. Our goal is to make sure that No Senior is Left Alone and that everyone is kept safe.
We continue to support seniors who need assistance with forms and documents. Call for information.
We continue to offer support to caregivers. Click on the CAREGIVER SUPPORT tab for more information.
Free counselling continues to be available and can be accessed by calling the office.
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.
If you are able to make a donation to the Society to assist us during this busy time, we will be delighted. We are a lean organization and your donation is applied to our programs of support to seniors. You can donate through the CANADA HELPS link on this website and a tax receipt for donations of $20 or more will be issued.
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”.