Co-op members are getting older. Aging in place is the ability to continue to live in one's own co-op home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, benefiting older members, their families and co-op communities.Aging In Place: Introduction | Aging in Place Committee | Century of Co-operation Awards | Advance Care Planning | Health and Home Care Services | Resources for Seniors | Frequent Questions from Seniors | Transportation Services
As housing co-op members get older, they may face challenges that make it more difficult to continue to live safely in their units, to remain fully involved in their co-op communities and to know where to get support when they need it.
Co-ops may need help to support their valued aging members.
CHF BC has created an Aging in Place Committee to provide a focus for the Federation’s work in this area.
The committee will identify ways the Federation can help co-ops to adapt to the changing needs of their members as they age. To get involved, or to send a message to the committee, please contact the CHF BC office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 604-879-5111 (toll-free 1-866-879-5111).
CHF BC’s Aging in Place Committee initiated the Century of Co-operation Awards in 2016. Every year the committee welcomes new nominations and applications.
Are you eligible for our Century of Co-operation Award? Do you know someone who would be eligible for this honour?
To qualify, you must be living in a CHF BC member housing co-op, and your age plus the length of time you have lived in co-op housing must add up to 100 years or more.
Here’s the formula: (Member’s age) + (length of time living in co-op housing, current co-op or other co-op) ≥100.
For example, a person who is 80 years old and has lived in co-op housing for 20 years qualifies with an even 100 years.
The next award ceremony will be in October 2018. Watch for an application announcement by the summer.
Many older co-op members understand they should prepare for their future in case of failing health. This is considered advance care planning.
Recording wishes and choosing advocates can be confusing and complicated, often resulting in the elder being unprepared for later medical events. Experts recommend writing down your wishes and choosing which legal documents you may need. Remember three key legal documents:
Often older adults or their caregivers find navigating our healthcare system difficult and confusing.
You can learn how to access home healthcare services through a case manager, or if in hospital, through a social worker. You can find more information about free and subsidized care services through the Health Authorities, the Better at Home program and the Choice in Supports for Independent Living (CSIL) option.
Tip: Be nice to your CM or social worker because you need their help. Be aware that they have very demanding case-loads.
Some questions come up again and again:
How can seniors access information, home services, or financial assistance? What kinds of legal documents do seniors need? What are the alternatives to remaining in a co-op home? For answers to these questions and others, take a look at our 10 Tips for Seniors (FAQ, December 2017) sheet.
Getting around, especially for seniors with health and mobility issues, can be a daunting challenge.
The provincially run Better at Home program offers subsidized driving and light housekeeping services. Those with incomes under $30,000 receive a pro-rated reduced rate.
Many BC communities offer a variety of seniors’ bus programs which are free or low-cost, as does TransLink BC with its HandyCard and TaxiSaver vouchers. For those undergoing cancer treatments, the Freemasons run a Cancer-Car program. Another door-to-door regional service is HandyDART.
If you or someone you know is driving and may be a danger to themselves or others, DriveABLE offers self-assessments and other advice.