Reducing Social Isolation

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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. 

Seniors Luncheon

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.

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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.


Taxi Saver

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.

Caregiver Support and Companions in Grief

We offer:

  • A bi-weekly Family / Friend Caregiver Support Group with a focus on developing a personal toolkit for building resilience and increasing a sense of community

  • A bi-weekly Companions in Grief Group for those who seek support with the grief of the death of family or friend

  • Help with navigating the health care system

  • Access to educational webinars, workshops and online modules​​

  • Free one-on-one emotional support

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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. 

For more information about Family / Friend Caregiver Support Group or the Companions in Grief Group email

or call 250.268.8765

Home Hospice Program

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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:

  • Companion visiting

  • Emotional support

  • Help with daily chores

  • Assistance in navigating services

  • Respite care

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. 

For more information on our Home Hospice Program


or call 250.268.8765

Social Prescribing Program

The Social Prescribing Program helps to link older adults with
Gabriola-based resources and activities to promote empowerment
and social connection.

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How it works: Gabriola doctors, health practitioners, support workers, and community members identify residents aged 60+ who would benefit from non-medical community-based programs and services. A referral is made to PHC’s Seniors’ Navigator who then reaches out to the individual to offer support
in accessing appropriate local resources and programs that support health and wellness. Services offered range from systems navigation to information about social and recreational programs, healthy nutrition, and support for aging-in-place.

An individual may be eligible if they are:

  • 60 years of age or older

  • Currently living on Gabriola

  • Willing to engage in one-on-one
    wellness planning and activities