Reducing Social Isolation
Stepping Up, Stepping Out (SUSO)
Offered Mondays and Saturdays, 11:30am - 2:30pm.
This adult day program balances the cognitive, physical, emotional and spiritual needs of individuals, while participants benefit from having fun in a social setting. SUSO improves health and builds participants' confidence in their ability to perform daily activities.
The program provides a tasty, nutritious lunch, exercises and activities including arts and crafts, music, storytelling and memory stimulation.
Supported by a network of services, participants can successfully achieve the goal of living in their own home longer.
Activities are tailored to the abilities and interests of those attending. Transportation to the program is provided, if desired.
The monthly drop-in luncheon is open to all community seniors, offering an opportunity to connect socially with friends, peers and the community. A team of friendly volunteers prepare and serve a tasty, nutritious lunch featuring local entertainment, guest speakers and seasonally themed events. Donations welcome.
New Age of Ageing
An informative educational series offered once per month. The New Age of Ageing provides seniors with timely and relevant information on topics relating to Ageing Well and Ageing in Place. Previous presentations have focused on Advance Care Planning, Housing for an Ageing Population, Fall Prevention, Brain Health, Safe Driving over 65, and other topics related to optimal ageing. Donations welcome.
Peer Led Exercise
Monday and Wednesday: 11am – 12pm at the HOPE Centre
Friday 10:45am-11:45am at the Community Hall
drop-in fee of $2
Please contact Suzette Delmage at 250-325-1675.
This circuit style exercise program supports those people who are managing chronic health conditions, including bone and joint conditions, diabetes, heart and respiratory conditions, cancer, obesity, and mental health issues. It is also suitable for older adults who are just starting an exercise program.
With guidance from peer leaders, participants are encouraged to work at their own level and pace. Core and stretching exercises can be done from a chair, and exercises have increasing levels of difficulty that will challenge participants to increase strength, balance, flexibility and joint mobility.
In collaboration with the Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN), PHC offers taxi saver coupons for 50% discounted taxi travel for seniors and those with disabilities. Please contact the office or come in Monday to Friday from 9:30am - 2:30pm.
To those who provide unpaid care and support to family and friends who are elderly, in poor health, have a disability or other age related challenges, and to those who are grieving the loss of a loved one.
Free one-on-one emotional support
Bi-weekly caregiver support groups with a focus on developing a personal toolkit for building resilience and increasing a sense of community
Help with navigating the health care system
Access to educational webinars, workshops and online modules
Access to bereavement groups when needed
Home Hospice Program
Gabriola Home Hospice Program (GHHP) provides compassionate home support to those who are experiencing end of life, and their families and friends.
Trained home hospice volunteers visit clients and their caregivers at home and provide:
Help with daily chores
Assistance in navigating services
The focus of home hospice palliative care is on comfort, compassion and dignity, giving people who are dying the opportunity to stay at home, remain involved with their family and community and to continue living as normal a life as possible.
Community Visitor Program
As part of a comprehensive system of care on Gabriola that aims to support people to remain in their homes for as long as they are able, our Community Volunteers can also visit people who are not part of the hospice program but would still benefit from a visit.