Comox Valley Senior Peer Support’s New Program

By Wendy Johnstone
May 31, 2016

The Senior Information and Assistance Support program (SIAS) is a new program for Comox Valley Senior Peer Support. Trained volunteers help seniors navigate the world of online information and forms, provide assistance with applications for programs and supports such as the Shelter Allowance for Elderly Renters (SAFER), help seniors navigate phone trees, contract for service agreements, and understanding and filling in forms in general. The program is funded through Employment and Social Development Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors and is a free service. Comox Valley Senior Peer Support offers emotional support for seniors as well as general information and referral services. In addition to the special training the SIAS volunteers have, they have also received training in emotional support skills and have passed a RCMP security check. To find out more: 250-871-5940 or seniorpeercounselling@shaw.ca

Comox Valley Senior Peer Support offers information about programs and services that seniors may be eligible for, referral to allied programs and services, emotional support through a Friendly Visiting program, support for caregivers, and a recreational bowling respite program.

 

 

 

Wendy Johnstone is a gerontologist (MA, Gerontology) and helps seniors and their families through the many transitions associated with the aging process. She can be reached at 250.650.2359 or online at http://keystoneeldercare.com.

 

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