Resources for Seniors
Local - West Kootenay:
Canadian Red Cross HELP Locations
Through our Health Equipment Loan Program (HELP), a national program of the Canadian Red Cross, we’re providing health equipment to individuals dealing with illness or injury (link to Kootenay locations).
Greater Trail Area (Lower Columbia) Resources for Seniors Directory: This is a complete directory of local resources that is updated often (link).
Kootenay Columbia Home Medical Equipment
One option available locally for home medical equipment (link).
Lower Columbia Better at Home
United Way’s Better at Home program helps BC’s older adults continue living independently in their own homes by providing simple, non-medical home support services. Better at Home is available to support seniors who are in need of grocery and prescription delivery, weekly hot meal delivery and friendly phone calls to check in and chat. Please call Stephanie at 250-364-2326 for more information or visit their Facebook Page.
Society for the Protection and Care of Seniors
SPCS is a non-profit, volunteer based Seniors’ Health Care advocacy group located in the Greater Trail, West Kootenay, British Columbia, Canada. Our mission is to advocate and pursue options for adequate, affordable, accessible and safe continuing care resources and services for seniors within their immediate communities. We will accomplish this by advocating, communicating, disseminating information and educating. Visit our website here.
Resources for Seniors
Provincial & Other:
Ability411 answers questions and provides practical information about technologies, tools and equipment that increase the independence and well-being for BC seniors, and support to their families and teams (link).
Active Aging Canada
Active Aging Canada strives to promote a society where all adult and older adult Canadians are leading active lifestyles that contribute to their overall well-being. An excellent resource for ways to keep active and healthy (link).
Advance Care Planning
Express your wishes and instructions for future health care treatment and have a voice in your future decisions. Every capable adult should think about making an advance care plan. Get access to the FREE provincial advance care planning guide (link).
Alzheimer Society of British Columbia
We ensure people affected by dementia are not alone, by educating and mobilizing a broader community of care around them, and supporting valuable research into the disease and people living with it. Visit our website here.
BC211 is a non-profit organization that specializes in providing information and referral regarding community, government and social services in BC. Their help line services include 211 (simply dial 2-1-1 from your phone), which can connect seniors to many resources including the ‘Safe Seniors, Strong Communities’ program that helps seniors 65 and older looking for volunteer help during COVID-19 with grocery shopping, meal preparation, and prescription pick-up, or they can receive a friendly check-in call (link).
BC Seniors Guide
The BC Seniors’ Guide is a comprehensive tool that can help British Columbians with the information they need as they age. It includes information on provincial and federal programs, with sections on benefits, health, lifestyle, housing, transportation, finances, safety and security and other important services. It is available in English, French, Punjabi, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Farsi. View the guide here.
Exercises at Home
Videos created by certified fitness instructors geared for seniors for staying active at home (link).
Provides printed materials, easy-to-follow courses and other learning resources that will help you figure out the technology that’s in your life. Get your free annual membership & let’s get tapping! Visit their site here.
HealthLink BC 8-1-1
8-1-1 is a free-of-charge provincial health information and advice phone line available in British Columbia. The 8-1-1 phone line is operated by HealthLink BC, which is part of the Ministry of Health. By calling 8-1-1, you can speak to a health service navigator, who can help you find health information and services; or connect you directly with a registered nurse, a registered dietitian, a qualified exercise professional, or a pharmacist. Simply dial 8-1-1 from your phone or for the hard of hearing through a Teletypewriter (TTY) relay service by dialing 7-1-1 or for Video Relay Services (VRS) give VRS the number 604-215-5101 to call us (link).
Information for living a healthy and active life, as well as information for seniors’ families and caregivers (link).
Seniors First BC
A non-profit community-based organization that works to prevent elder abuse across the entire province as well as provides information, assistance and support on issues that impact the health and well being of an older adult (link).