BETTER AT HOME www.betterathome.ca helps seniors 65+ with simple day-to-day tasks so that they can continue to live independently in their own homes and remain connected to their communities. The BC Ministry of Health funds the program, United Way of the Lower Mainland manages it, and local non-profit organizations in 60 communities across BC provide a range of non-medical home support services. The services, which are income based so as to accommodate the needs of low-cost seniors, vary from community to community and in some communities offer limited transportation – primarily to medical appointments. Better at Home services are designed to complement existing services and are based on the unique needs of local seniors. Examples include:
- Friendly visiting
- Light yard work
- Minor home repairs
- Light housekeeping
- Grocery shopping
- Snow shoveling
To see if Better at Home offers transportation in your community, contact a local organization to find out more and to apply for services.
Driving Miss Daisy 1-877-613-2479 toll-free, provides through-the-door (not just door-to-door) transportation assistance and accompaniment services including shopping, social engagements, medical appointments, airport service (assistance through to departure gate), etc. Driving Miss Daisy is an accepted service provider for Veteran’s Affairs Canada. To see if this Canadian franchise company has an owner/operator in your care recipient’s community visit their website.
SNTransport 1-800-768-0044 Special Needs Transport is a private pay, pre-booked, assisted transportation service operating throughout the Lower Mainland for those unable to use conventional transit. Wheelchair-friendly accessible vehicles offer door-to-door (not curb-to-curb) service. Collapsible wheelchairs are also available to assist those who need one. Staff has received extensive training in transporting those with mobility impairments. Their hospital transfers service also offers non-emergency bed-to-bed transportation by wheelchair or stretcher.
Please call a local INFORMATION & REFERRAL service for information on more transportation assistance in the area of the person you are caring for.