PRINCE GEORGE – 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 Prince George Native Friendship Centre provides Better at Home services which can include light housekeeping, snow shovelling, grocery shopping, transportation and friendly visits.

“Seniors have told us time and time again they want to live independently in their homes as long as possible,” says Shirley Bond, MLA for Prince George-Valemount. “The Better at Home program helps them do that, and also provides the social contact that is especially important for seniors in rural areas.”

“These services are carried out by local contractors and volunteers who offer affordable, friendly help to our valued seniors,” says Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris. “They are truly making a difference in seniors’ lives, improving their health and quality of life.”

Says Erin Anderlini, Director of Health with the Prince George Native Friendship Centre, “The Prince George Better at Home Program is providing services that are helping seniors to remain independent for longer; and providing them with affordable services, from providers that they have a relationship with.”

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

For more information on Better at Home, please visit www.betterathome.ca.