Seniors’ daily check-in service expands

Service provides weekday check-in phone calls to help seniors who live independently

A volunteer-based service that provides daily contact for seniors living alone is expanding across Greater Victoria.

The Reassurance for Seniors Volunteer Program (RSVP), run by Silver Threads Service, provides weekday check-in phone calls to help seniors who live independently do so longer, said Tracy Ryan, community relations director.

“Part of the intake process is we collect emergency contact information for family or neighbours with a key who can check in,” Ryan said.

“It puts that safety measure in place to make sure everything is OK, and if we can’t make contact with them we will follow up.”

Silver Threads works with municipal police and similar programs provided by the James Bay New Horizons Society and in Oak Bay that ensure independent seniors aren’t forgotten, she said.

There’s also been an influx of newly retired volunteers who are willing to provide daily phone calls to seniors who want the service, Ryan said.

“If you think about a senior being someone who’s 65, they’re generally pretty active. What we’re finding is more of our younger seniors are volunteering to support our programs, which is great,” she said.

To request weekday phone calls from Silver Threads volunteers, call 250-382-3151 or visit their office at 286 Hampton Rd.