North Kootenay Lake’s Seniors’ Outreach & Support Program
The Caring Companions Program provides social interaction and assistance to Kaslo and North Kootenay Lake seniors who are at risk of becoming socially isolated.
Companionship and assistance is provided by a trained volunteer and can take several forms, depending upon a seniors’ wishes:
- Weekly one hour visits which can include playing board games or cards, reading aloud, going for a walk, or simply chatting over tea.
- Regular telephone calls at agreed upon times (weekly, twice weekly or daily) to provide a friendly voice, willing ear and of course, peace of mind that someone will be checking in.
- Volunteer assistance with shopping for groceries and other needed items every two weeks.
These connections reduce seniors’ isolation and create a wonderful relationship that is mutually beneficial.
Who are Caring Companions?
Volunteers are adults 19 years of age or older who have successfully completed the application process. This process includes completion of the volunteer training program, an application form, interview, criminal record check and signing of a confidentiality agreement.
How are Caring Companions matched with seniors in the community?
Volunteers are matched with seniors who are the same gender, live nearby and share similar interests.
How can you get involved?
For more information about the Caring Companions Program, or to register for the Volunteer Training program, please contact Elizabeth Brandrick, Seniors’ Coordinator at 250 353-7691, extension 303 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The volunteer training is free, but pre-registration is required.
The Volunteer Training program will begin on Friday, April 29th with a seminar on Alzheimer’s and dementia at Selkirk College (Kaslo) from 9:30am – 3:00 pm with lunch included. Caring Companion volunteers will have their registration fee paid for. Training sessions will then continue weekly on Wednesday mornings from 9-12, beginning May 4th for six weeks.
The Caring Companions Program is made possible through a partnership with the Village of Kaslo, and funding from the Union of BC Municipalities.
Serving North and East Kootenay Lake communities including Ainsworth, Mirror Lake, Kaslo, Lardeau, Cooper Creek, Meadow Creek, Howser, Argenta, Johnson’s Landing, Crawford Bay, Riondel, Boswell and their surrounding areas