Home-care companies surprise seniors with Valentine’s gifts

The caregivers and owners of Home Instead franchises in Nanaimo and Courtenay have surprised more than 50 seniors with gifts this week. The duo launched a Valentine’s Day gift-giving program to bring joy to clients who are not only alone but isolated from friends and family.

“Our senior population has been through so much this year, with COVID-19 having detrimental and lasting effects on many older adults’ wellbeing, physical and mental health,” Sherry Larochelle, a caregiver at the Courtenay Home Instead office, told the Times Colonist. “We see it firsthand whenever we go to work. This Valentine’s Day, we want to show our clients that they mean as much to us as we do to them.”

The home-care company has also launched Ready To Care, an initiative that promotes understanding of aging and encourages acts of kindness to seniors.

For more information, go to readytocare.com.

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