“You know someone’s coming by, checking up on you, giving you a sense of community. It’s nice to know that there’s somebody there who can help you out when you need it.”
Nav-Care; Making Connections, Making a Difference
If you are living with an illness that isolates and overwhelms you at times, you are not alone.
According to a recent survey*, “one in five seniors say they experience emotional distress and have difficulty coping day to day. Many feel they aren’t getting the support they need to live happier, more fulfilling lives.”
“Nav-CARE” is a new, free program designed to address these needs. Specially trained volunteers, with connections to professional health care providers, work with you to access resources and services in your community while providing companionship and emotional support. Like a helpful neighbour or friend, Nav-CARE volunteers visit you in your home on a regular basis with a focus on enhancing your quality of life.
Marion Clarkson was very involved in our program and helped our society educate our volunteers to exceed in their role. She was grateful to be able to stay in the comfort of her own home while enjoying a friendly visit with a nice coffee and a chat.
In Memory of Marion Clarkson
20/08/1936 – 23/06/2020
How can a NAV-Care Volunteer help me or my loved one?
- Relieve feelings of loneliness, isolation and anxiety.
- Be someone to talk through important decisions and future plans.
- Be a connection to community and the world at large.
- Locate local services and resources to help manage illness.
- Assist to re-engage in hobbies and other interests.
- Provide one on one relationships tailored to specific needs.
- Offer respite to Caregivers/Family.
Our approach is evidence-based and built on research led by Dr Barb Pesut, Canada Research Chair in Health, Ethics & Diversity at UBC and Dr Wendy Duggleby, Research Chair in Aging & Quality of Life, at the University of Alberta.
*Study Information: Nav-CARE Volunteer Navigation Partnerships: A Compassionate Community Approach to Care.