MCBRIDE – Local seniors will continue to enjoy life independently in their homes while connected to their communities, thanks to $5 million in funding for the Better at Home program across B.C. recently announced by Health Minister Terry Lake. The announcement means this important local program will receive ongoing funding so it can continue to benefit the community.

The program is managed by United Way of the Lower Mainland. A range of non-medical services are provided at the community level by local non-profit agencies in 67 program sites throughout British Columbia. Locally, the Robson Valley Support Society provides Better at Home services in McBride, Valemount, Dunster and Tete Jaune Cache.

“This program provides seniors with important supports like light housekeeping, snow shovelling, grocery shopping, transportation and friendly visits,” says Shirley Bond, MLA for Prince George-Valemount. “This is extremely important in rural areas like ours, where seniors can feel isolated. Thank you to our local contractors and volunteers who are helping seniors live the independent, social lifestyle that keeps them healthy and happy.”

The Robson Valley Support Society’s Executive Director Peter Doukakis adds, “We are so fortunate to have Better At Home, offered throughout the Robson Valley, meeting the needs as identified in consultation with community experts, volunteers and the seniors themselves.”

Including this year’s allotment, $31 million has been provided by the provincial government to the Better at Home program since 2012.