SPC Mission Statement:
- Peer counselling is well recognized as a successful way of providing emotional support to the older adult population.
- Seniors helping seniors has the advantage of the helper and helpee having similar life experiences and a common language.
- The trained peer helper often has a variety of tested coping strategies that can be shared.
- Older adults are more likely to accept peers as helpers, which creates a more informal way of receiving emotional support.
- As the older adult population increases, the use of informal supports such as peer counseling will become more of a necessity to alleviate the strain on the formal supports services for the elderly.
The peer counselling concept aligns well with the health care goals of the new millennium, emphasizing the importance of prevention, independence and self care.
- Senior Peer Counselling addresses client problems, if possible, before they become critical. No situation is too insignificant, if it is of distress to the client.
- The emphasis is on the client taking responsibility for solving their own problems, and establishing a feeling of autonomy.
- Peer counseling can reach the withdrawn or isolated clients who may not be availing themselves to services for one reason or another.
- Meeting the client on their own turf over an extended period of time, can be the impetus to connect an elderly person to a necessary service.
- The volunteer Senior Peer Counsellors have the time it takes to help that older person feel valued, rather than rushed.
Peer counselling makes use of the relatively untapped resource of the older population. In addition, peer counselors are motivated to become more active in the community, taking on other volunteer leadership positions.
Last Reviewed on 2018-06-18