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Better At Home program launches in Williams Lake

Better At Home program co-ordinator Carrie Sundahl (left) and administrator Kimberly Futcher are looking for volunteers for the newly-launched program, which aims to help seniors remain independent at home.  - Monica Lamb-Yorski photo
Better At Home program co-ordinator Carrie Sundahl (left) and administrator Kimberly Futcher are looking for volunteers for the newly-launched program, which aims to help seniors remain independent at home.
— image credit: Monica Lamb-Yorski photo

The Better At Home program for seniors in Williams Lake needs volunteers, said Sondra Giske, vice-president of the Seniors Activity Centre board of directors.

Speaking at the Seniors Activity Centre Monday, Giske said there are several clients ready to go but the program doesn’t have the volunteers to cover them.

“We are very flexible as to any time people can offer.”

Funded through United Way, the Better at Home program is designed to help seniors remain independent at home.

Described as a non-medical program, examples of services include friendly visiting, snow shovelling, housekeeping, grocery shopping, yard work, home repair or transportation to a medical appointment.

Fees are determined by the senior’s ability to pay and can depend on local variables, while some services will be offered for free.

Giske attended a provincial meeting in Burnaby last Thursday and Friday with about 100 representatives from dozens of communities around the province.

“Many communities are just getting started with the Better at Home program like ours is,” Giske said.

The Better at Home office is located at the Seniors Activity Centre in Williams Lake and is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to noon.

Carrie Sundahl has been hired as co-ordinator and Kimberly Futcher as administrator of the program.

Anyone interested in volunteering for the program is encouraged to contact the office at 778-412-2430.

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