Keeping seniors at home

Survey finds top three needs are transportation, grocery shopping and housekeeping

Transportation, grocery shopping and housekeeping were identified as the top three concerns for Mission seniors, according to the Better at Home survey conducted in May.

Survey organizer Pam Alexis recently released the results and identified Mission Community Services Society as the lead organization to implement programs to help keep seniors living in their own homes longer.

There are about 5,000 seniors in Mission and that number is expected to double in 17 years. By 2030, seniors will make up 19 per cent of the local population.

“Our senior population is growing rapidly,” said Alexis, who distributed 575 survey and analyzed the results of 200 which were returned. Numerous people from different cultural and economic backgrounds participated in the study.

What Alexis found most surprising was the need for transportation wasn’t just about getting from one place or another, it was also about having appropriate vehicles, which allow seniors to get in and out of with ease.

It’s difficult to walk up and down the hills of Mission and “you have to be pretty badly off to qualify for HandyDart services,” she explained.

Mission Seniors Activity Centre president Bob Ingram said the findings “definitely reflected comments from our members.”

One of the most common things among seniors is they want to stay in their own home for as long as possible, he explained. “A lot can look after themselves with a little assistance.”

Everyone is limited, whether it’s their physical ability to cut the grass or fix things around the house, or their financial ability to hire help to get those projects done, said Ingram, who believes the program has a lot of potential to assist the aging population.

“Generally speaking, health services isn’t the major need.”

The Better at Home program is funded by the B.C. government and managed by the United Way of the Lower Mainland.

Once Alexis finalizes her report at the end of the month, an advisory panel will be formed to apply for grants and decide how to roll out the services required, hopefully by year’s end.

Just Posted

Charge laid in Abbotsford motorcycle crash that killed Maple Ridge woman

Megan Kinnee, 19, died in collision on July 13, 2018

Abbotsford couple bring son home from Nigeria after long adoption delay

Kim and Clark Moran spent almost a year waiting to finalize adoption of Ayo, 3

PHOTOS: Fraser Valley Pride Celebration kicks off in Mission

The Stage hosted two events, including the fundraising dinner and talent showcase

Search continues for missing elderly woman in Chilliwack

RCMP, Chilliwack Search and Rescue and community members combing area for Grace Baranyk

Big Chill a hot event in Langley

Flight Museum holds “ask the pilot panel” and demos flights for young pilots over the weekend

‘Bad choices make good stories’: Margaret Trudeau brings her show to Just for Laughs

Trudeau says over the decades she has been suicidal, manic, depressed

B.C.-wide police efforts identify Vancouver Island robbery suspect

Warrant issued for arrest of North Vancouver man for TD Bank robbery

VIDEO: Wolf spotted swimming ashore on northern Vancouver Island

Island wolf population estimated at under 150 in 2008, says VI-Wilds

Diversity a Canadian strength, Trudeau says of Trump tweets at congresswomen

Trudeau avoided using Trump’s name when he was asked about the president’s Twitter comments

Garneau ‘disappointed’ in airlines’ move against new passenger bill of rights

New rules codified compensation for lost luggage, overbooked flights

Mercury tops out on top of the world: Alert in Nunavut warmer than Victoria

It’s the latest anomaly in what’s been a long, hot summer across the Arctic

Canadian is detained in China on drug allegations: Chinese government

Detention of a Canadian in China comes as part a diplomatic dispute triggered by arrest of Huawei exec Meng Wanzhou

Too much time on social media can hurt teens’ mental health: study

Researchers conducted a four-year survey of more than 3,800 adolescents between Grades 7 and 11

Advocates want charges in horse deaths during Calgary Stampede chuckwagon races

Chuckwagon races are a nightly spectacle during the Stampede, a 10-day annual celebration of western life

Most Read