Roughly 100,000 BC seniors live rural or in communities smaller than 5,000 people. It is known that there are specific challenges related to aging in rural communities, such as an aging workforce, departure of health care providers, challenging voluntary sector, lack of social networks and support/services, etc. Additionally, poor weather and long distances pose challenges to aging in place.
The RRPP's objectives are to:
- Test new approaches for delivering Better at Home services in hard-to-serve rural and remote communities through six (6) new pilot locations
- Examine promising practices being used to serve rural seniors in Better at Home-funded and other programs
- Learn how Better at Home can serve seniors that live in rural or remote BC communities
- Develop Better at Home approaches for non-medical support services for seniors in rural and remote communities
The rural and remote pilot locations include: Arrow Lakes (Nakusp and area), Columbia Valley (Invermere and area), Granisle, North Central B.C. (Vanderhoof, Fraser Lake, Fort St. James and area), Robson Valley (Valemount and area) and Southern Gulf Islands (Pender, Mayne, Galiano and Satuna Islands).
These programs were funded in April 2015, and are the most recent additions to the provincial Better at Home program.
For more information about RRPP, please contact: