COVID-19: Website for Burnaby Residents on How and Where to Seek Care

Medical AidBurnaby residents and patients of Burnaby Physicians and Nurse Practitioners can access the website burnabycoronavirus.com for information about how and where to seek care regarding COVID-19.

This is a new website, hosted by the Burnaby Primary Care Network, in collaboration with the City and other service providers. Currently, it offers a link to the COVID19 self-assessment tool, which steers people who may be sick to the appropriate course of action, including telephone and video conference consultation with a physician, and screening appointments where appropriate. Soon, the site will be expanded to include links to the various services available for people who have been affected socially and financially by the Coronavirus. The site is constantly being updated to stay in compliance with the latest information and criteria from the BC Centre for Disease Control. It is an excellent, accurate, and up-to-date resource.

 

COVID-19: Video Recordings of Important Information on COVID-19 by the BC Government

Videos recordings of important information and announcements by the BC Government can be viewed on its Youtube Channel.

These include the daily updates and briefings to the media on COVID-19 provided by BC’s Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister of Health Adrian Dix. These briefings are useful and informative for BC residents.

 

COVID-19: BC Expands 211 Hotline to Pair Seniors with Volunteers

You can now call 2-1-1 or visit www.bc211.ca if you are a senior in need, or would like to volunteer with a senior in your community to check in on them or help pick-up groceries/prescriptions. The helpline takes calls 7 days/week to help keep seniors safe.

To read more on what extra measures the BC Government is doing to help seniors and bolster seniors’ supports at community service agencies in the province click here.

Help seniors stay safe

Canadian Seniors Volunteer More Than Any Other Age Group

New research shows Canadian seniors volunteer more time and money than any other age group

Canadian seniors are leaders when it comes to giving both time and money to the causes that matter most to them according to The Revera Report on Aging: Living a Life of Purpose, the 8th report on aging and ageism released today by Revera. Revera’s report celebrates the contributions seniors continue to make in Canadian society and demonstrates that Canadians over the age of 65 volunteer more hours and donate more money to the causes that are important to them than any other age group. Survey highlights include:

  • Canadians over the age of 65 contributed 42% of all donations, equaling more than $4 billion, with an average donation of $2,500 according to Statistics Canada. This exceeds the national average by 40%.
  • Nine in ten Canadian seniors say they do something to support the charities or causes that are important to them. In fact, 82% say they donate money and more than one third (37%) volunteer their time.
  • Volunteers over the age of 65 contribute on average 214 volunteer hours annually, well above the national average of 154 hours per volunteer and they are more likely to be considered a “top volunteer.” Top volunteers are those who are in the top 25% in terms of hours volunteered.
  • Eighty-nine percent of Canadian seniors believe they can play a significant role in working towards solutions to the issues affecting the world and a further 87% agree they are hopeful future generations will make the world a better place.

For the complete report visit:

https://www.reveraliving.com/about-revera/living-a-life-of-purpose

 

How to Create a Safer Home

The Philips Medical Alert Service has provided a room by room guide to eliminate most common causes of falls and help seniors live independently and confidently.

Throughout this guide you will see a set of pictures of household rooms. The first picture depicts some common conditions that lead to falls. The second picture illustrates how these conditions can be improved to minimize the fall risk.

Please note: these are guidelines only and your health care professional should be consulted before installing any adaptive equipment.

Click here to view the guide.