Tag: COVID-19

Sep 19
You’re doing all you can to protect yourself from COVID-19, but what about influenza?

Influenza, sometimes called the flu may seem like an inconvenient short-term illness for many, but for seniors, it can be life-threatening. The devastating impact of the pandemic has taught us the importance of doing everything possible to protect seniors not only from COVID-19, but also from seasonal respiratory illnesses like the flu.  Seniors generally have […]

Jun 03
Green and Blue – Todd Richard’s tribute to frontline healthcare workers

Canadian Country singer Todd Richard has released a catchy new song titled Green and Blue, named after the different colours of scrubs worn by healthcare workers. The song is a tribute and expression of gratitude to all the frontline healthcare workers for their hard work and efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. Funded in part by the BC Care […]

Mar 12
Home Heath Workers are Keeping Seniors Safe

Home health providers play an important role in the lives of B.C. seniors. Whether they are helping an older adult recover after a surgery, stepping in to give a family caregiver a break, or assisting with things like meal preparation and personal care, home health workers can make all the difference for seniors looking to […]

Jan 15
Independent Living Home, Charles Manor, Teams up with Local Middle School for Pen-Pal Project

Image: Shelby Thom/Global News Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the impacts of social isolation have been challenging for seniors across British Columbia. In efforts to create connection and community, amid public health restrictions, independent living home, Charles Manor has teamed up with local KVR Middle School to pilot a pen-pal program. The initiative, which was originally […]

Dec 11
Combating loneliness over the holidays

The festive season is typically a time to celebrate. However, for socially isolated seniors in communities across British Columbia, it can also lead to feeling disconnected. As we continue to experience the impacts of COVID-19, it is likely that many of us will feel lonelier than usual this holiday season. Seniors, especially those who live […]

Nov 26
When should I wear a mask?

On November 21st, the government of B.C. implemented an order requiring everyone in public indoor settings and workplaces to wear a mask. People who cannot put on or remove a mask on their own are exempt. Why should you wear a mask? According to the BC Centre for Disease Control, masks have a role to play […]

Aug 11
A call for feedback: The Best Visit Possible

BCCPA and EngAge BC are asking residents and their family members to visit the page found here to let them know what makes a visit the best visit possible. In long-term care and assisted living homes families are a pillar of residents’ care teams. When visitations were restricted in March 2020 due to the novel coronavirus, many seniors experienced […]

Jul 23
Do you know what it means to be “COVID-competent”?

In response to changes announced last month by the Provincial Health Officer on visitation in long-term care and assisted living, SafeCare BC, in collaboration with Family Caregivers of British Columbia, has developed an online COVID-19 orientation for families and friends wanting to support loved ones in care. COVID-19: Social Visitation Essentials is a self-paced, online […]

Jul 07
Visitation restrictions have been relaxed. Now What?

On June 30, the BC Ministry of Health announced they would be relaxing restrictions on visits in long-term care homes and assisted living residences. This news has many family members are asking what this means for them and the people they care about. Background Why visitations were restricted On March 16, 2020 Minister of Health, […]

May 12
Reducing Feelings of Social Isolation

Early in February, social distancing, a term used to refer to reducing your contact with others, became a media buzzword. Now, many are suggesting that we replace this term with the phrase physical distancing. The reason for this recommendation? While we need to limit the number of physical interactions we have with others to prevent […]

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