Program Overview

For some seniors, living at home and coping with day-to-day tasks is a real challenge. Better at Home (B@H) is a program that helps those 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. Better at Home serves seniors in up to 68 communities throughout BC. The Government of British Columbia funds the program, United Way of the Lower Mainland manages it, and local non-profit organizations provide the services, supported by their local United Way. Community Connections Society of Southeast BC is the lead organization in Cranbrook. Services are delivered by volunteers and/or paid workers/contractors. Some services may be subsidized, based on clients’ ability to pay. In Cranbrook, B@H services started in fall 2013. As of February 2015, services offered include: • Light Housekeeping Snow Removal • Minor Home Repairs Light Yard Work • Odd Jobs (quick, one-time) Social Connections (small groups) Other services may be added as the program matures (see full listing on application form or brochure) Eligibility Criteria: Better at Home services can be provided to individuals who: • Live within the City of Cranbrook(rural areas may be added in the future, contingent on program success and funding) • Are 65+ years of age (consideration may be given to 55+, contingent on program capacity) • Demonstrate a need for services and have exhausted other sources of assistance • Complete an application process (written application and face to face interview) • Are willing to sign consent for release of information and a service agreement • Identify their ability to pay service fees according to theprogram’s sliding scale (subsidies may be available for low income clients) • Are officially approved (in writing) as a Better at Home client • Can be successfully matched with a suitable service provider”][vc_column_text]For some seniors, living at home and coping with day-to-day tasks is a real challenge.  Better at Home (B@H) is a program that helps those 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. Better at Home serves seniors in up to 68 communities throughout BC.

The Government of British Columbia funds the program, United Way of the Lower Mainland manages it, and local non-profit organizations provide the services, supported by their local United Way. Community Connections Society of Southeast BC is the lead organization in Cranbrook.

Services are delivered by volunteers and/or paid workers/contractors.  Some services may be subsidized, based on clients’ ability to pay.

In Cranbrook, B@H services started in fall 2013.  As of February 2015, services offered include:

  • Light Housekeeping
  • Snow Removal
  • Light Yard Work
  • Minor Home Repairs
  • Transportation to Appointments
  • Grocery Shopping Assistance
  • Odd Jobs (quick, one-time)
  • Social Connections (small group activities)

Other services may be added as the program matures.

We are happy to provide information about other community programs,to help you get connected to ALL the supports you need!

 

Eligibility Criteria: Better at Home services can be provided to individuals who:

  • Live within the City of Cranbrook(rural areas may be added in the future, contingent on program success and funding)
  • Are 65+ years of age (consideration may be given to 55+, contingent on program capacity)
  • Demonstrate a need for services and have exhausted other sources of assistance
  • Complete an application process (written application and face to face interview)
  • Are willing to sign consent for release of information and a service agreement
  • Identify their ability to pay service fees according to the program’s sliding scale (subsidies may be available for low income clients)
  • Are officially approved (in writing) as a Better at Home client
  • Can be successfully matched with a suitable service provider

Cranbrook Better at Home brochure

B@H Client Application 2015 with scale

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Article on Better at Home from Go Cranbrook Magazine (Issue 16 Spring 2020)