• Roy W Digital Manager

Updated: Sep 11



The Flood Falls Trail fire that sparked southwest of Hope on Thursday, combined with a blaze at a wood recycling facility on the mainland, has initiated an air quality advisory on southern Vancouver Island, including Nanaimo and Victoria.

According to the province of British Columbia, the most recent fire activity is expected to create hazy conditions over the next few days and possibly lead into the early parts of next week.

While smoke is a natural part of the environment, exposure to it can negatively affect those with unlying respiratory conditions.


During Smokey Conditions

  • Stay inside if you have difficulty breathing.

  • Stay in an indoor space that is ventilated and cool.

  • Running a HEPA Filter Device can improve indoor air quality in the device's room.

  • Opening the windows can let in more of the polluted air.

  • If your home is not air-conditioned, consider going to a public place like a library, shopping mall, or recreation centre that is air-conditioned.

  • Avoid roads with heavy traffic.

  • Avoid areas with wood smoke.

  • Stay cool and hydrated by drinking plenty of water.

  • Manage any asthma or chronic respiratory diseases.

  • If symptoms continue to be bothersome, seek medical attention.

  • Maintaining good overall health is an excellent way to prevent health effects resulting from short-term exposure to air pollution.

 

From Victoria BC to Nanaimo BC, Pacific Coast Health Services provides home healthcare for seniors and persons with disabilities. From respite care & 24-hour care to dementia care & advanced foot care, our care line is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - 365 days a year. To book your free in-home healthcare assessment.


Call (250) 389-0202 or Email tjohnson@pchservices.ca.

  • Roy W Digital Manager

Updated: Sep 12



Ambassador Recreation Centre Tours


Join the Welcome Ambassadors as they show the ins and outs of the facilities. With a bit of history and fun along the way, these tours are wheelchair, walker and all ages friendly.


Cedar Hill recreation centre

  • Every 1st Thursday of the month: 10:30am-11:30am

  • September 1, October 6th, November 3rd & December 1st 2022.

  • Saturdays 10:00 am-11:am: September 24th, October 29th & November 26th 2022.

More information available on the Cedar Hill Rec Centre Website


Gordon Head Recreation Centre

  • Every first Tuesday of the month:: 10am-11:am:

  • September 6th, September 13th, October 4th, November 8th & December 16th 2022.

More information available on the Gordon Head Recreation Centre Website


Saanich Commonwealth Place

  • Every 3rd Friday of the month: 11am-12pm

  • Sept(closed), October 21st, November 18th & December 16th 2022.

More information on the Saanich Commonwealth Place website


Beat The Fraudster Safety Series


With the help of Saanich Police, empower yourself with practical techniques to increase your financial and technological safety skills to protect yourself and loved ones. This is an ongoing series witha different financial & cyber safety topic each month. Although this information is especially useful for older adults, all ages are welcome to attend. Register online at saanich.ca, under parks, recreation and community services. Or call 250-475-5422


Cedar Hill Recreation Centre

Thursday September 8th 1:30-pm-2:30pm in the multipurpose room


G.R Pearkes Recreation Centre

Tuesday, October 4th, 1:pm-2pm in the Lam room.


Gordon Head Recreation Centre

Tuesday November 1st, 1:30-2:30pm in the multipurpose room.


Saanich Commonwealth Place

Tuesday December 6th, 9:30am-10:30am in the Arbutus Room.


Autumn Lawn Lantern Festival

Visit this glowing neighbourhood outdoor celebration of light and community! Enjoy cultural entertainment, beautiful lantern displays and an illuminated twilight community lantern procession. Come dressed up with your own LED lantern or visit the lantern making station.

Gordon Head Recreation Centre: Saturday September 17th, 5pm-8:30pm


Remembrance Day Ceremony

The District of Saanich Mayor and Council extend an invitation to attend the annual Remembrance Day Ceremony.

Saanich Cenotaph Friday November 11th, 10:45am-12:30pm


55+ Games

More than 2500 competitors participate in 22 sports and activities. Watch the games for free. See the Games and sport venue list at 55plusgames.org or call 778-426-2940 for more details.


If you know of a free event geared towards aging adults, feel free to send in the details via email to rwhitney@pchservices.ca .

 

From Victoria BC to Nanaimo BC, Pacific Coast Health Services provides home healthcare for seniors and persons with disabilities. From respite care & 24-hour care to dementia care & advanced foot care, our care line is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - 365 days a year. To book your free in-home healthcare assessment.

Call (250) 389-0202 or Email tjohnson@pchservices.ca.






  • Roy W Digital Manager

Each year, July 24 is recognized as International Self-Care Day (ISD). This special day provides an opportunity to bring attention to the importance of taking care of one's self.


4 Tips to Self Care

Knowledge & health literacy: People with strong health literacy skills enjoy better health and well-being, while those with weaker skills tend to engage in riskier behaviour and have poorer health. Understanding our bodies, recognizing when something is not right, seeking help, asking questions and monitoring our health are great examples that can help with knowledge and health literacy.


Physical activity: Having regular physical activities helps manage your weight, reduce the risk of disease, strengthen bones & muscles and helps improve your brain health. Seek advice from a physician before starting any new strenuous exercise.


Healthy Eating and rational use of products: The benefits of healthy eating can not be stressed enough when it comes to our overall health. Healthy eating allows our bodies to consume the vitamins and minerals that help fuel our bodies and can assist in fighting off chronic disease. Does this mean can't kick back and enjoy ourselves by heading out for a bite to eat? Not really. Rational use of products is key.


Me Time: We saved me time for last because it is often overlooked in our busy lives of work, taking care of our families and running our households. Everyone deserves a break. From reading a book and watching movies to going for a walk or just having a pot of tea at your favorite spot, taking a break can clear your mind, help you relax and feel refreshed.

Now for the fun stuff.............

Full Contest Rules

Pacific Coast Health Services of Victoria and Nanaimo have teamed up with our very good friends James Bay Pub to bring one lucky winner a little relaxation of a $50 gift card to be used for food at the James Bay Inn Pub or James Bay Inn Restaurant. Contest runs from Monday July 18th, 2022 until Sunday July 24th, 2022.

Chef Salad from the James Bay Inn Pub

Rules:

  1. You must read and abide by all rules set forth.

  2. No Purchase Necessary

  3. Purchase does not enhance or improve your chances of winning.

  4. The contest is open to employees, contractors, clients and the general public who reside on Vancouver Island.

  5. The contest is available on Facebook and Instagram as a single contest.

  6. You must be a Pacific Coast Health Services fan on the social media platform that you enter on. This is so we can reach out to you via dm to notify you.

  7. Two entries per person (one on Facebook and one on Instagram)

  8. Enter by liking the contest post on Facebook and or Instagram and commenting about what you do for self care.

  9. Entries on Facebook must be using a profile name that matches your exact first and last name as it is spelled on your current ID.

  10. Facebook profiles that have nicknames, aliases or variations in the spelling of their legal name as it is on their valid government ID, are disqualified.

  11. No entries can be done on someone else's behalf.

  12. Pick up during office hours at our Victoria office located at 2631 B Douglas St, Victoria, BC is the only way to receive the prize.

  13. Prizes MUST be picked up within 30 days of when Pacific Coast Health Services announces the winner.

  14. Prizes cannot be picked up by someone other than the declared winner.

  15. The contest is at the sole responsibility and at the discretion of Pacific Coast Health Services and in no way part of Facebook or Instagram.

  16. Pacific Coast Health Services reserves the right to disqualify any such entrants that do not follow the rules set forth in this post.

  17. Pacific Coast Health Services reserves the right to modify or change the contest rules at anytime to enhance the understanding of the contest rules.

  18. Entries must be in by 6:30 p.m pacific standard time on Sunday, July 24th, 2022. 2021.

  19. Declared winner must agree to have their picture taken and posted on the Pacific Coast Health Services Social Media platforms for the purpose of transparency to all entrants.

  20. If you have any questions about this contest or any contest that we have please send an email to rwhitney@pchservices.ca


Baron of Beef at the James Bay Inn Restaurant

Important: Rational use of products & services is key to true self care.

Indulging excessively is NOT self care. Please enjoy responsibly and always consult your physician prior starting any new exercise or if you have dietary questions.


From Victoria BC to Nanaimo BC, Pacific Coast Health Services provides home healthcare for seniors and persons with disabilities. From respite care & 24-hour care to dementia care & advanced foot care, our care line is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - 365 days a year. To book your free in-home healthcare assessment.

Call (250) 389-0202 or Email tjohnson@pchservices.ca.


















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