OneSky Community Resources
OneSky Community Resources
Better at Home provides non-medical support for seniors’ independence. Services are delivered by a combination of volunteers, paid staff and contractors depending upon the service required and the capacity of the program to respond. In-home registration is required for most services.
Transportation – Volunteer drivers provide transport to and from appointments when available. Advance notice is required.
Grocery Shopping – Assistance ordering groceries for delivery. Please call for details. (Temporary assistance for those without registration).
Light Housekeeping – Household maintenance chores such as vacuuming, dusting, kitchen, bathrooms; bed change and laundry if needed.
Yard Maintenance – Lawn mowing, trimming, raking leaves, and general basic yard maintenance.
Simple Home Repairs – A variety of services for the maintenance and upkeep of the home. We will help with the small jobs or refer to someone with the expertise needed.
Snow Shoveling – Clearing of walkways and driveways of snow and ice in the winter months providing a safe and secure home environment.
Friendly Visiting – A weekly visit from a volunteer by telephone or in the home.
Fees for service are based on a sliding scale according to annual income and ability to pay. Some services are based on hourly rates and others are a flat fee. There is no fee for Friendly Visiting.
As a non-profit agency, all fees help to expand our capacity to respond to community need. All fees and donations are funneled directly back into the program. This, combined with the help of volunteers, means we can assist a greater number of seniors who need support to remain living independently, at home.
Seniors in the service delivery area (Penticton, Summerland, West Bench, Red Wing, Naramata, etc.) are eligible for services but must register for the program to become a participant.
Registration includes a home visit by the program coordinator to assess needs, establish fee rate, and sign registration forms.
Cycling Without Age connects seniors who have mobility challenges with fresh air, nature and social connections by offering a bicycle ride piloted by a volunteer. The international program, started in Denmark seven years ago, is now gaining momentum in the Okanagan.
Seniors are given the opportunity to ride in a specially made electric-assisted trishaw that is complete with a comfortable two-person carriage in front. The rides promote social connections with passengers enjoying conversations and laughter with each other and their volunteer pilot.
Please contact us if you would like to be a volunteer pilot or learn more of the program.
The Penticton Caregivers Support Program is dedicated to improving the lives of people who are caring for an adult family member or friend with complex health needs. A caregiving family includes the caregivers and the person receiving care. The program’s professional family counsellor and peer supports provide individual counselling, group supports, and advocacy for the emotional, physical and financial burdens of caregiving.
It is estimated that 80% of eldercare is provided by family and friends. Supporting caregivers is a vital element in our system of healthcare delivery at home and in community. Family caregivers need recognition, appreciation and support to continue offering their significant contribution to the quality of life of people with complex health needs in our community.
The Seniors Information Line helps seniors and their caregivers living in Penticton and area to connect with community services or government resources. The service is free, confidential and provided by trained staff and volunteers. We can be a starting point for information and resources to age well or help manage the challenges of life whether big or small.
We can provide information about:
The Out & About program offers a safe and fun way to socialize and build friendships. Choose from an array of activities and events each month. Participants are responsible for costs such as event tickets, entrance fees, and meals. Some events are free. Transportation can be arranged for a small fee.
Pre-registration is required. Please call: