04/19/2015 09:19 EDT | Updated 07/07/2015 08:59 EDT

Dawson Creek cookbook helps seniors stay at home longer

Organizers of a program in Northeastern B.C. that helps seniors live independently at home are banking on a new cookbook to fund its services. 

The Dawson Creek Better at Home program supports the elderly by providing non-medical services, with the aim of keeping them out of residential care longer.

"Things like helping mowing the lawn, shovelling snow, and housekeeping," explained Linda Studley, the Dawson Creek Better at Home program coordinator.

While the services are mainly provided by volunteers, Studley said some of the more challenging tasks require paid contractors. To sustain the services, the Dawson Creek program created the new cookbook as a fundraising method.

But according to Studley, the cookbook isn't just any old set of recipes.

"We decided it would be great to put out a cookbook that seniors get involved in by offering their own recipes."

What's more, those recipes are catered to other seniors by using a large print and offering recipes that are easy to make.

Anyone interested in purchasing a book, or looking for more information can visit the program's website, said Studley.

For more on this story, listen to the audio labelled: Seniors cookbook.