Healthcare professionals from Island Health (South) refer frail seniors transitioning to/from hospital to the program. On receiving a referral the Community Services Coordinator will meet with the client and match them with a specially trained Return to Health volunteer.
Volunteers provide social support, encouragement, connections to community resources, and help with everyday tasks during the convalescence period. Return to Health Volunteers receive specialized training in seniors’ issues, stressing good communication skills and familiarity with the aging process. The initial 15 hours of training is given each Fall. In addition volunteers receive on going support at monthly meetings. The purpose of these meetings is for further education and connection to other volunteers.
For more information or to register as a volunteer call Seniors Serving Seniors – 250-382-4331.
Referrals can be faxed to 778-265-1743 or phone 778-265-4781.
An average of 180 clients are supported each year.