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Thursday, August 6th Translink and BC transit announced that starting August 24th, 2020 face coverings will be mandatory on public transit.

The new policy will apply to anyone riding the bus, — but there will be some exemptions.

In a statement, TransLink said the move is "essential" to ensuring people feel confident riding transit as the province's economy reopens and more people resume commuting.

"It's imperative that our customers ... feel safe so that we can recover our ridership over time," TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond told reporters Thursday.

"We want to ensure that we continue to do our part to minimize any potential for community transmission on public transit."

"We recognize the advice from health professionals, including Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, has been to wear face coverings when physical distancing is not possible including on transit vehicles," the company said in a statement.

The new policy will be implemented "as an educational step" without enforcement and the company will work to ensure riders are aware of the requirement in the coming weeks, BC Transit said.

Small children, people with medical conditions exempt

Children under the age of five and anyone who can't wear a face mask or covering due to a medical condition will be exempt from the policy, both authorities said.

TransLink says employees working behind a physical barrier or in areas not accessible to the public will also be exempt, and so will police or first responders in the event of an emergency.

Metro Vancouver Transit Police will be able to enforce rules requiring face masks on transit, but the initial focus of the policy will be on awareness and education, TransLink said. 

Desmond estimates roughly 40 percent of TransLink customers currently wear masks while riding public transit, which he said is not enough.

Although the transit authority says it is going to be focusing on education and awareness, transit police could eventually issue fines for non-compliance "if absolutely necessary," Desmond said.

"We're starting off with a light touch," he said.

"If at some point in time or if a field circumstance absolutely requires, the transit police would be empowered to issue a fine or ask a customer to leave the system."

Pacific Coast Health Services supports following all safety measures suggested by Island Health Authority, Dr. Bonnie & Provincial Health & Health Canada.


  1. Social Distance 2 metres or 6 feet apart

  2. Wear a mask when social distancing is not possible

  3. Wash your hands for 20 seconds or more (frequently)

  4. Stay home and call 811 if you are not feeling well.

  5. Always follow advice from your healthcare team.


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From Sidney to Victoria 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

What is International Self-Care Day?

Since 2011, July 24th has been recognized as International Self-Care Day. This annual event brings forward the opportunity to put a spotlight on the benefits of self-care and the benefits self-care can bring to individuals and healthcare systems.

7 Pillars to Self-Care

Knowledge & Health Literacy

Developing knowledge & literacy to make informed decisions is probably the most important pillar of self-care. This pillar provides the foundation for the other 6 pillars. Everyone has a better chance of living a longer happier life by making better life choices. Those choices come from having the knowledge to navigate health-care systems and play an active role in their overall health and wellness.

Start by asking questions: Everyone deserves to understand the care they are receiving from doctors, nurses, family caregivers, professional caregivers or any other care or service they receive. From medications & treatments to services & products we should have an understanding of the realistic benefits & possible side effects (physically or financially). It is equally important to understand the negative effects of not accepting medications, treatments and services

Sources: We can all be inundated with information. From websites & social media to dishonest businesses & uninformed friends/ family, it is easy to hear and see incorrect information. Much of the incorrect information we receive can be unintentional, where others can be intentional. A good place to start is with professionals like your family doctor, nurses, specialists, professional caregivers and health authorities.

The internet can be a great resource for information however we need to be aware of the source of the information we are reading. Improve your chances of getting the correct information by sticking with information from local, provincial and federal health authorities. Keep in mind treatments and medications should be only taken with a consultation of a healthcare professional.

Mental Health & Well Being

The appropriate second pillar is mental health & well being. This stands true with everyone but is extremely important for older adults aged 60 or above. Elder adults make important contributions to society as family members, volunteers and as active participants in the workforce. While most have good mental health, many older adults are at risk of developing mental disorders, neurological disorders or substance use.

Mental health and well being of caregivers and other adults often get ignored due to the daily grind.

Mental health and well being can be easier to achieve with regular exercise, eating healthy, having someone to talk to and taking a little respite.

Physical Activity

From seniors and caregivers to young adults and children regular physical activity helps with brain health, weight management, reducing disease, strengthening your body and improving your ability to do everyday activities.

From not enough time to ability, there are plenty of excuses for why we do not get enough physical activity. In reality, physical activity is an investment that has been proven to help with people living a longer, happier and healthier life. From wheelchair exercises or a casual stroll along the beach to climbing a mountain or jogging, we all can take some time to make such an investment.

Healthy Eating

Food fuels your body and mind to work, live and play. Healthy eating can improve your mood, increase energy, controls weight, reduce the risk of disease and give your body vitamins, minerals and nutrients. It is never too late to start eating healthy.

Good Hygiene

Good hygiene such as bathing regularly, trimming nails, brushing and flossing your teeth, washing your hands, wearing clean clothes and maintaining a clean house will help minimize the risk of infection and enhance your overall health. Good hygiene can also do wonders for your social life, mental health and well being.

Risk Avoidance

In terms of personal health, risk avoidance refers to the avoidance or reduction of behaviours that directly increase the risk of disease or death. While we cannot eliminate all risks, we can reduce the number of risks.

Here are just a few things to consider:

  • Quit smoking

  • Limiting or avoiding alcohol

  • Avoid foods that negatively affect you

  • Taking your medications as prescribed by your physician

  • Following public health suggestions and requirements

  • Understand and live within your limits financially and physically

  • See a doctor on a regular basis

  • Avoid risky behaviour

  • Use the 7 pillars of self-care

Rational Use of Products & Services

The correct use of health products and services is an important element of self-care. As the old saying goes "too much of a good thing is a bad thing". The first step to rational use is understanding if you need it and if so, knowing what rational use is for that product or service.


  • Physical Activity is great for your health but know your limits.

  • Preventative/Non-prescription medicines such as sleep aids may help you but speak to your doctor about other ways to manage your condition over self-medicating.

  • Vitamin and mineral supplements can be beneficial in moderation and with the guidance of your physician. Be aware of brands promising you the world.

  • Substance control products such as tobacco replacements may help you stop smoking, but switching one dependence for another is not healthy in the long term. Best to have a plan and do your best to eliminate the need for nicotine.

  • Reading, understanding and following instructions on labels instructions of any products that you have is very important.

Remember to always consult with your healthcare team to ensure you are doing all you can to self-care. From caregivers and elder adults to children and young adults, we all need self-care.

From Sidney to Victoria 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.

This post was a collaborative effort with our friends at Lions Gate Home Care

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It can be hard to fathom that anyone would deliberately harm an elderly person however, elder abuse is more common than you might think.

What is Elder Abuse?

Elder abuse takes on many forms and does not necessarily mean physically. Elder abuse is an action by someone in a relationship of trust that results in harm or distress to an older person. The lack of taking action by a person in a relationship of trust is also considered elder abuse.

Elder abuse has no borders and can happen anywhere including care home facilities, at home and in the general public.

Elder abuse comes in two main forms:

Active Abuse: is the failure of a caregiver or another in a position of power who intentionally takes action or purposely does not take action for the benefit of themselves.

Passive Abuse: is the failure of a caregiver or another to full-fill their caregiving responsibilities.

Whether active or passive both forms of abuse affect the daily lives of seniors in a negative way. There are no excuses for either, both have legal implications and neither is better or worse.

Some of the most recognized types of elder abuse include:

  • Financial

  • Sexual & Physical

  • Abandonment

  • Neglect

  • Self Neglect

Regardless of type, elder abuse can have devastating consequences, including serious physical injuries, emotional suffering, financial loss and even death. Often where there is abuse, there is more than one type of abuse happening.

Some potential signs

Financial abuse

Financial abuse limits an older person's resources, choices and options by using money or property without permission or in a fraudulent manner.

Some examples are:

  • A family member or significant other who repeatedly pressures an elderly person for money or borrows money, but never pays it back.

  • A family member who sells a parent's house or other property and then uses the money for their own benefit.

  • Adult children who use a parent's pension and then makes the parent ask them for money

  • Any person who misuses a power of attorney

  • A person who forces or tricks a senior into signing or changing documents such as wills or contracts.

Physical or Sexual Abuse

Physical abuse can include but not be limited to unnecessary touching that makes someone feel uncomfortable, unnecessary touching to someone who is not able to communicate what is making them feel uncomfortable, striking, hitting, pushing, shaking, burning, shoving, inappropriate physical or chemical restraints and harm created by over or under medicating.

Abandonment or Neglect

The inability or purposely neglecting to provide basic or personal care needs to an elderly person by a person who is in a position of trust.

Basic necessities include:

  • Food

  • Water

  • Required medications

  • Shelter

  • Hygiene

  • Clothing

  • Physical aids

  • Hearing aids

  • Eyeglasses

  • Dentures

  • Exercise

  • Stimulus

  • Adequate safety precautions

  • Withholding medical services or treatments

Self Neglect

While many might be able to spot neglect or abuse of their loved ones, it might not be so easy when it comes to self-neglect. Self-neglect can be hard to spot and when they do we can feel powerless. It is important to keep in mind that seniors who behave this way are sometimes not in complete control of their actions, especially if they are experiencing cognitive difficulties and decline. In fact, self-neglect is how "some" caregivers realize that something may be wrong with their loved one's cognitive health. Self-neglect happens when seniors do not complete their daily activities of daily living on their own or resist assistance to complete their daily needs.

Some signs of self-neglect are:

  • Unpaid bills

  • Not taking medications

  • Unkept appearance (dirty clothing)

  • Lack of hygiene or bathing

  • Not keeping medical appointments

  • Lack of social contact

  • Living in un-fit living conditions: cleanliness and safety in particular.

If you feel that your loved one is experiencing cognitive difficulties and decline, seeking outside help is highly advised. Seek help from a medical professional, community resources or consider a professional caregiver.

What should I do if I suspect elder abuse?

  1. Anytime you feel that someone is in immediate danger call 911.

  2. Seniors Abuse and Information Line (SAIL), The Seniors Abuse and Information Line (SAIL) is a safe, confidential place for older adults and those who care about them to talk to someone about situations where they feel they are being abused or mistreated or to receive information about elder abuse prevention. Call toll-free from Victoria or anywhere in BC 1-866-437-1940.

  3. If someone is abusing or neglecting you or someone you know, you can call VictimLink BC. VictimLink BC is a confidential telephone service available across B.C. 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Toll-free: 1-800-563-0808

  4. More resources can be found by visiting the Government of BC website.

Did you know that having respite care for your loved one can reduce overwhelming any family caregiver? Stress is a major contributor to passive or unintentional abuse. Having regular respite care allows you to take a break and be a better caregiver for your loved one. Respite care also can help your loved one live a longer and happier life. For more information feel free to contact Pacific Coast Health Services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - 365 days a year to book a free in-home healthcare assessment. Call (250) 389-0202 or Email tjohnson@pchservices.ca.

This post was a collaborative effort with our friends at Lions Gate Home Care


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