Western Regional Blog – BC, YK, AB, NWT and Nunavut
BC Health Link Call 811 anytime 24/7 – to speak to a nurse. On weekdays, you can speak to a dietitian about nutrition and healthy eating. At night there are pharmacists available to answer your medication questions. For other health services online www.healthlinkbc.ca
BC Ministry of Health website includes information and resources for “Caring for Seniors” and “Caring for the Caregiver”. The latter section includes self-assessment tools, financial information and tips for communication with healthcare professionals. Visit www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthtopics/ and put in the search term “Caregiver”. OR www.gov.bc.ca/health
BC Palliative Care Benefits Program supports those who have reached the end stage of a life-threatening illness and who wish to receive palliative care at home. Under the program, eligible patients receive 100& coverage of eligible costs of prescription drugs and selected over-the counter drugs needed for care and treatment at home through PharmaCare’s BC Palliative Care Drug Plan, and medical supplies and equipment needed to provide safe and quality palliative care at home through the local health authority. For information, www.health.gov.bc.ca/pharme/outgoing/palliative.html or call HealthLink BC at 811.
BC Seniors Guide(BRAND NEW!) for all types of provincial resources. You can get a free hard copy or digital file. Available in English, Chinese,French &Punjabi and there is also a First Nations Guide, specific for the Aboriginal people of BC. http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/family-social-supports/seniors/about-seniorsbc/seniors-related-initiatives/bc-seniors-guide OR www.gov.bc.ca/seniors guide OR 1.800.663.786
The Nidus Personal Planning Resource Centre is a non-profit organization which provides information to British Columbians about personal planning such as Representation Agreements and Power of Attorney. Visit www.nidus.ca, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
BC Cancer Agency: www.bccancer.bc.ca
Mental Health: www.support.bcss.org 1-888-888-0029