Programs

Friendly Visiting

Our Friendly Visiting program offers an hour each week of in-home visiting and support to seniors who are feeling isolated and lonely. One hour a week, although modest, can make a world of difference to an isolated senior. Having someone to talk to, having someone who will listen well, someone who might play a game of cribbage, read to you, walk with you, put together a puzzle, and in general pay you some good attention is just what can needed to brighten your day.

Caregiver Support

Caregiver Support offers emotional support for caregivers as well as information about programs and resources that may be helpful.

We offer a number of caregiver support groups that provide a once per month opportunity for caregivers to meet in a friendly, supportive environment where they can interact with, and both receive and give support, to others who are also caregivers. The caregiving journey is a complicated one that can be difficult, exhausting and sometimes not well understood by those who have not experienced it.  We run groups for both female and male caregivers.

In the summer months of July and August the groups are held at an outdoor location, often the Anderton Therapeutic gardens.

Contact us for information about Caregiver Support Groups, or to register.

On the 4th Wednesday of the month we offer an information and resources session for caregivers. The Spring 2020 dates for these 1.5hr sessions are: March 25th (Income Tax Benefits for Caregivers), April 22nd (Working With Island Health), and May 27th (Understanding Difficult Behaviours). These information sessions are offered at our office located at 491-B 4th Street, Courtenay. There is free parking behind the building. Pre-registration is helpful but not required.

The final session of Creative Caregivers, an arts focused group for caregivers, begins Friday, April 17th and runs through Friday June 12th. Using art making, music making, storytelling, relaxation, writing and meditation, caregivers have the opportunity to access and explore their creative self and have some fun in the process. Creative Caregivers is offered in partnership with Comox United Church Community Outreach and led by Registered Clinical Counsellor, Kazimea Sokol.

A support group is not for everyone and sometimes phone or email support is preferable. Our goal is to help in ways that work for you and so please give us a call if you are a caregiver wanting support. We will try to help. If we can't help, we may be able to identify relevant information and resources.

Bowling Program

The Bowling Program is part of the Caregiver Support Program. This weekly modified bowling program is for seniors who are being cared for by a family caregiver. While the individual is bowling, the caregiver has an opportunity to slip away for some free time. To participate, a prospective bowler must be capable of managing well enough to enjoy the experience and to be steady enough on their feet to be safe. There is a small fee associated with this program. We currently have room for more bowlers in this program.

Memory Support

Our Memory Support Group meets twice each month for a two hour period and is intended for seniors who are living with memory loss. The group focuses on conversation, information, support and having fun. As of January 2020, this group is not meeting due to a lack of participants but will recommence when four people have pre-registered.

Senior Information and Access Support program

Our Senior Information and Access Support program (SIAS) helps seniors navigate systems of varying kinds. This can include dealing with the frustration of automated telephone answering systems, completing a web-based application, assisting with a paper-based application, and generally helping seniors access information as well as resources they may be eligible for.

We can help with the completion of forms that are needed in order to access services and program. Some examples are Income Tax completion, Federal Government Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS), BC Housing forms such as SAFER or the Home Adaptations for Independence and Fair Pharmacare. We have helped with quite a range of applications - many of them online.

Access to affordable, safe housing is a difficult and frustrating issue for many seniors. Although we are not a housing society, we will assist as much as we can by outlining options, making connections, referring to other agencies, and even assisting with a housing search.

Do you have an issue or a problem you want to talk to someone about? Not sure if we can help? Call us and we will do what we can to help.

Transit Ambassador

The Transit Ambassador program helps seniors learn how to use the CV public transit system. Often simply understanding how to use the bus schedule is all a senior needs but we will also help a senior learn about the logistics of taking a bus.

Information and Referral

We have information about almost anything that may be relevant to a senior. Just ask. We may be able to help.

Our services and programs are offered free of charge - with the exception of the bowling program where a small fee is collected to cover costs. All of our services are confidential.


To contact us, please call: 250-871-5940 or email: seniorpeercounselling@shaw.ca