Comox Valley Senior Support provides support to Comox Valley seniors who are experiencing isolation and loneliness, or who are feeling vulnerable due to challenging situations they face or endure. The majority of our programs and services are delivered by screened, trained volunteers – many of them seniors themselves. Contact

Our Programs

 

Our Friendly Visiting program offers an hour each week of in-home visiting and support to seniors who are feeling isolated and lonely. One hour a week, although modest, can make a world of difference to an isolated senior. Having someone to talk to, having someone who will listen well, someone who might play a game of cribbage, read to you, walk with you, put together a puzzle, and in general pay you some good attention is just what can needed to brighten a senior’s day.


Caregiver Support offers emotional support for caregivers as well as information about programs and resources that may be helpful.

We offer a number of caregiver support groups that provide a once per month opportunity for caregivers to meet in a friendly, supportive environment where they can interact with, and both receive and give support to others who are also caregivers. The caregiving journey is a complicated one that can be difficult, exhausting and sometimes not well understood by those who have not experienced it.  We run groups for both female and male caregivers.

In the summer months of July and August the groups are held at an outdoor location, often the Anderton Therapeutic gardens.

Beginning in October 2019 on the 4th Wednesday of each month we will offer a monthly information and resources session for caregivers. The dates for these 1.5hr sessions are: Wednesday, October 23rd, 1:00 – 2:30 and Wednesday, November 27th, 1:00 – 3:30. The location is at our office: 491-B 4th Street, Courtenay.

The next session of Creative Caregivers, an arts focused group for caregivers, will meet in September. Through art making, music making, storytelling and meditation, caregivers have the opportunity to access and explore their creative self and have some fun in the process. Creative Caregivers is offered in partnership with Comox United Church. The next session begins on Thursday, September 26th from 1:00 – 3:00 and continues each Thursday through December 5th, 2019. Creative Caregivers takes place at the lower level activity room of Comox United Church and is lead by Art Therapist, Kazimea Sokil. Pre-registration is required for this group.

A support group is not for everyone and sometimes phone or email support is preferable. Our goal is to help in ways that work for you.


The Bowling Program is part of the Caregiver Support Program. This weekly modified bowling program is for seniors who are being cared for. While the individual is bowling, the caregiver has an opportunity to slip away for some free time. To participate a prospective bowler must be capable of managing well enough to enjoy the experience and to be steady enough on their feet to be safe. There is a small fee associated with this program.

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A happy bowling program participant.


Our Memory Support Group meets twice each month for a two hour period and is intended for seniors who are living with memory loss. The group focuses on conversation, information, support and having fun. Fall meeting dates will be announced soon.


Our Senior Information and Access Support program (SIAS) helps seniors navigate systems of varying kinds. This can include dealing with the frustration of automated telephone answering systems, completing a web-based application, assisting with a paper-based application, and generally helping seniors access information as well as resources they may be eligible for.

We can help with the completion of forms that are needed in order to access services and program. Some examples are Income Tax completion, Federal Government Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS), BC Housing forms such as SAFER or the Home Adaptations for Independence and Fair Pharmacare. We have helped with quite a range of applications – many of them online.

Access to affordable, safe housing is a difficult and frustrating issue for many seniors. Although we are not a housing society, we will assist as much as we can by outlining options, making connections, referring to other agencies, and even assisting with a housing search. .

Got an issue or a problem you want to talk to someone about? Not sure if we can help? Call us and we will do what we can to help.


The Transit Ambassador program helps seniors learn how to use the CV public transit system. Often simply understanding how to use the bus schedule is all a senior needs but we will also help a senior learn about the logistics of taking a bus.


Information and Referral: We have information about almost anything that may be relevant to a senior. Just ask. We may be able to help.

Our services and programs are offered free of charge – with the exception of the bowling program where a small fee is collected to cover costs. All of our services are confidential.


To contact us, please call: 250-871-5940 or email: seniorpeercounselling@shaw.ca