South Okanagan Seniors Wellness Society
Our Impact Why We Exist
Vision: An enriched and informed community where everyone ages successfully.
Mission: To create a healthy community through providing resources and opportunities for older adults.
Mandate: To provide outreach and educational services to relieve loneliness, isolation and vulnerability of older adults thereby supporting their independence, and improving their physical and emotional well-being.
Our Story What We Do
The South Okanagan Seniors Wellness Society has been providing educational, cultural and outreach programs to older adults for almost 40 years. Formerly known as the Penticton & District Retirement Society, the organization was instrumental in the development, construction and operation of the retirement complex on Winnipeg Street in Penticton.
In 2007, a new mandate to relieve loneliness and isolation of older adults and improve their mobility and independence by providing outreach and education was established, along with the current name. In the fall of 2012, community consultation identified the society as one of the top service providers suited to provide Better at Home, non medical supports to seniors to stay in their homes longer. Penticton & District Community Resources Society was also identified as an organization with capacity to provide these services. As a result, the Boards of the two organizations convened a conversation about how to work together in a more collaborative fashion. We are now co-located and partnering with Penticton & District Community Resources Society to provide a seamless system of service delivery to seniors.
Our Programs How We Do It
Information & Referral Services: A one-stop information and referral resource for seniors, caregivers and family. We offer a real person who can provide information and referrals for topics such as seniors housing, health, recreation/ educational programs, crisis supports, elder abuse awareness & prevention, legal services, transportation and more.
Wellness Initiatives: Programs such as Cooking Up Connections and Out and About, that promote the overall wellbeing of seniors by offering opportunties to socialize, build friendships and participate in social and recreational events.
Better at Home Penticton: Offered in partnership with Penticton and District Community Resources Society, this program offers non-medical supports to seniors to help them remain independent in their homes. The Better at Home program is funded by the Province of British Columbia and managed by the United Way of the Lower Mainland. Services such as friendly visiting, transportation to appointments, grocery shopping, light housekeeping, minor home repair, yard work and snow shovelling are available through this program. All seniors are eligible.