There are lots of services for Seniors living in Greater Victoria and Seniors in East Sooke are eligible for many of them. In addition, some of these services can be accessed without leaving home.
Programs and services that might be of benefit to East Sooke Seniors are:
Treatment at this Victoria-based Centre is available on referral from a doctor. Treatment includes physical therapy, occupational therapy, ursing and social work counseling. The Centre offers various programs including osteoporosis rehabilitation, fibromyalgia self management, pain and stress management, and education classes. Call 250-598-2277 or go to The Arthritis Society for more information.
Provides listening and resource listings for support of grief and loss. Call 1-877-779-2223 or go to BC Bereavement Helpline for more information.
Assists seniors in finding dentists in their area. Some will offer seniors' discounts. Call 1-888-396-9888 or go to British Columbia Dental Association for more information.
Falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths and hospitalizations for BC seniors and due to an aging population, falls-related hospitalizations have been steadily increasing since 2000 for those aged 65 and over. When an older person falls, it can come at a devastating cost resulting in loss of mobility, a reduced quality of life and, in severe cases, death. Go to Seniors' Falls Prevention for more information.
This Checklist and Action Plan is part of the Strategies and Actions for Independent Living (SAIL) fall prevention program for home support clients and may be used as a tool for home modification to reduce the risk of fall among older adults living at home.
Homeowners aged 44 years and over may defer the payment of annual property taxes on their principal residence. The program is also available to homeowners of any age who are widowed spouses, or who meet the definition of a person with disabilities, in the Disabilities Benefits Program Act. Call 250-387-0555 or go to BC Government - Property Taxes for more information.
Lunches take place from 12-2 on the last Wednesday of the month and provide an opportunity for Seniors to get together and share a meal with others people from the community. The lunches are held at the East Sooke Firehall on Coppermine Road and there is no cost for Seniors. Call June Roots at 250-642-0758 or email her at email@example.com for more information.
HAFI helps low-income BC seniors and people with disabilities finance home modifications for accessible, safe and independent living. Call 1-800-407-7757 extension 7055 or go to BC Housing - Home Adaptations for Independence for more information.
Home and Community Care Services provide nursing, rehabilitation, nutrition and social work services at home. Call Island Health's general inquiry line at 388-CARE (2273) or the Esquimalt/West Shore (East Sooke) team at 250-519-3492. Beacon Community Services provides the Health Services Assistants who often provide some of the care to individuals, depending upon the person's specific needs. Beacon Community Services can be reached at 250-658-6407. Services from Beacon Community Services can be arranges through Island Health, or you can call them directly if you wish to retain their services on a private basis. Go to Island Health for more information.
Located at 1767 Old Island Highway in Colwood. Like Seaparc, it offers a range of recreational programs, a few of which are geared specifically to 50+. Call 250-474-8650 or go to West Shore Parks & Recreation for more information.
You can also use this website to find and download a copy of A Guide to User Friendly Trails. The guide contains 48 pages of full color photographs, maps and descriptions promoting areas within CRD Regional Parks and the West Shore municipalities that are welcoming to all ages and individuals with diverse levels of mobility and endurance. The guide provides visitors with information (including the use of trail profiles) enabling them to determine which parks and amenities to visit based on their own levels of ability. Copies of A Guide to User Friendly Trails can also be picked up at West Shore Parks & Recreation, Capital Regional District offices, and Westshore Municpal halls (Colwood, Langford, Highlands, Metchosin and View Royal).
Located at 2168 Phillips Road and offers drop-in programs and programs that you can register for. Examples include 50+ Strength and Mobility aimed at improving strength and overall movement in participants who are 50 years of age and older. Seaparc also offers Community Adult Walks, which usually start close to the community of Sooke. These Walks offer gentle exercise and are suitable for people with all walking abilities. Call 250-642-8000 or go to SEAPARC Leisure Complex for more information.
Provides outreach services, assessment, and treatment for seniors with complex mental health issues including dementia and/or addiction issues. This team is also involved in investigations of abuse and neglect. Call 250-519-3566 or go to Island Health - Seniors Clinics and Mental Health for more information.
Operates "Senior Link", which is an Information Telephone Line for seniors and their families that helps connect Seniors with community services, programs, recreation, housing options, home help and more. Seniors Serving Seniors also produces the Seniors' Services Directory in hard copy and on-line versions.This Directory is long, but it is well organized under sensible headings (e.g. Home Help). Each topic is followed by a brief paragraph explaining what the service is all about. Contact telephone numbers and website addresses are also provided in the Directory. Call 250-382-4331 or go to Seniors Serving Seniors for more information.
Provides in-home support for people who are at the end stage of their lives and their families. Call 250-642-4345 or go to Sooke Hospice Society - Volunteer Services for more information.
A Sooke based Society that provides basic mobility aids, bathroom and bathing aids, bed assists, and Active Daily Living assists for a nominal fee. Call 250-389-4607 or go to Community Assistance Society for more information.
Offers frozen meals for pick up to East Sooke residents with a wide variety of items. Call 250-642-2184 or go to Sooke Meals on Wheels for more information.
Provides online grocery shopping for home delivery of fresh produce and local organic food. Offers weekly specials and a discount for signing up for the service. Delivers in East Sooke on Thursdays. Call 250-383-7969 or go to Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery.