Support Programs and Services

Kitsilano Better at Home

Helping seniors live independently in their own homes and remain connected to their community.

“Independence, even if relative, the possibility of living with dignity, being in a clean environment, knowing that someone is listening to me with caring and compassion, these are the invaluable blessings that Better at Home has brought back into my life.  “Thank you!” is a very small word for that…” – Senior living on the Westside.

Hosted by Kitsilano Neighbourhood House, Better at Home is a program that helps seniors with simple non-medical, day-to-day tasks so that they can continue to live independently in their own homes, and remain connected to their communities.  The Government of British Columbia funds the program, while the United Way of the Lower Mainland manages it.

Services:

• Transportation to medical appointments by screened and trained volunteer drivers
•Assistance with Grocery Shopping
• Light Housekeeping by contractors
• Volunteer Visiting – The visits are based on interests and activities shared by senior and volunteer such as walking, reading, light gardening, computer skills assistance.

“What a wonderful service Better at Home provides” says a senior who is using regularly our transportation services.

Eligibility: Seniors must be 65+ years. The catchment area is from the ocean to West of Granville Street and North of King Edward Avenue.  Please note that services for UBC area are under development.

Cost: Fees are on a sliding scale according to the senior’s income.  An intake at the senior’s home with the program coordinator is required.

For more information or to book an intake appointment, contact Sylvie at sylviek@kitshouse.org or call 604-736-3588 ext.603

Our Kits Better At Home program is now in its second year. Here is a picture of all volunteers involved that summer, where we celebrated the program’s second birthday on the rooftop garden of Linden Tree Place. If you want to join us as a volunteer or senior participant on the program, we would be happy to welcome you on the team. Contact Sylvie at sylviek@kitshouse.org or call 604-736-3588 ext.603

Our Kits Better At Home program is now in its second year. Here is a picture of all volunteers involved that summer, where we celebrated the program’s second birthday on the rooftop garden of Linden Tree Place. If you want to join us as a volunteer or senior participant on the program, we would be happy to welcome you on the team. Contact Sylvie at sylviek@kitshouse.org or call 604-736-3588 ext.603

Kitsilano BAH Program is delighted to be the recipient of the 2016 Community Partner Award by our housekeeping contractor Jewish Family Services Agency.

Information & Referral

Seniors Links Program

Kits House, in partnership with local colleges/universities, connects older-adults and seniors who require low-cost help around the house with students who need to earn extra money.  The Seniors Links program is designed to offer opportunities for students to work for older-adults and seniors in a variety of tasks, i.e. light housework, shopping, laundry, pet care, gardening, yard work, computer help and other odd jobs as agreed with the senior.  Pay is $10.85/ hour for a minimum of two hours. *New wage rate effective Sept 15th, 2016 reflects the BC Minimum wage increase.

“The student I hired is a great worker and is helping me catch up 2-3 times a week. It’s been great having the support to get things organized and back to normal. She’s great!”

If you are a college or university student interested in applying for the program please fill out the application form under Job Postings.

For more information please contact Natsuki Abe, Seniors Programmer at natsukia@kitshouse.org or 604-736-3588 ext. 605

Seniors Peer Support

Steeves Manor Resource Centre

A satellite program of Kits House.  In partnership with BC Housing, the Resource Centre offers support, recreational activities and resources to Steeves Manor tenants with some programs open to the local community.

Contact: Margaret at margareta@kitshouse.org. For Housing Inquires for Steeves Manor please contact BC Housing.