To help Japanese Canadian seniors live more independent, healthy, and enjoyable lives, we offer a variety of services that are not normally provided by medical institutions and government programs.
Support services are for adults aged 55+. Some require an assessment interview with an older adult or a family member to enroll. Please contact Tonari Gumi Community Services for more information on each service and consultation on support for older adults.
Government-related paperwork & housing navigation
Support with tax returns and applications for pensions or government assistance, etc. Information on housing options for older adults, assistance with applications for BC Housing and financial assistance.
Telephone medical interpretation (fee-based)
Medical interpretation by telephone. With this easy-to-use service, a remote Japanese interpreter can help with short appointments with the doctor as well as medical exams and trips to the pharmacy.
Medical transport (fee-based)
This transportation service for medical appointments is useful for individuals who don’t have nearby support of family or friends, or who are not comfortable taking the bus, Skytrain or taxi.
Meals-on-Wheels bento lunch (fee-based)
The Tonari Gumi Kitchen prepares boxed meals (bento) with Japanese menu items every week. Volunteer drivers make home deliveries for older adults who have difficulties with shopping or cooking on their own.
Information & Resources
Tonari Gumi provides a variety of information in English and Japanese to help older adults stay healthy and navigate available services and benefits.
Presentations by experts in a variety of fields - health care, legal, government services, etc.
BC Seniors Guide
A compilation of information and resources published by the Province of BC.
Japanese version available from Tonari Gumi.