Updated: Nov 13, 2019

Every month we give recognition to our caregivers and nurses.

Caring for our clients starts with caring for those who make it all happen. We cannot make it happen without all of our amazing staff. From the minute we hire a new nurse, caregiver or office staff, we appreciate all that they bring to Pacific Coast Health Services.

We have a Staff Reporter board that Twyla Johnsonย RN BScN - Director of Operations updates every month. The board has no boundaries and usually contains birthday shoutouts, accomplishments, anniversaries, recipes and even a few jokes can be found on the board.

November is in full swing and we a lot of news to share. Let's get right to it.

Birthday Shout Outs

We would like to wish Lorraine, Dawn, Katie & Sheana a very happy birthday.๐Ÿฅณ


Happy Anniversary to:

  • Kate M - 1 year I Jennifer H - 1 year I Wayne C -4 years I Lisa T - 10 years and of course the amazing Dawn P has been with us 19 years!

Thank you to each and everyone of you. You make a difference in people's lives each and every day.


Wows are when clients express their appreciation for their caregiver, nurse or staff member. Wows can come in any form but generally come in the form of a phone call, email, letter or card.

  • Alison M, Deanna B, Donna T, Hilary B, Jennifer B, Lily G, Norma G, Pamela W, Rick K and Wayne each received one wow.

  • Bibi J & Felice P each received 3 wows.

Congratulations everyone and keep up the great work!

For informational purposes only. Information contained on our site is never intended to replace legal advice from a lawyer or medical advice from a physician.

Updated: Nov 13, 2019

An ongoing list of resources for seniors and persons with disabilities in Victoria BC.

Family caregivers will also find this handy convenient.

Keep checking back as we add more links each week.

Have a link you think should be on our list? Feel free to send us an email to rwhitney@pchservices.ca.

Healthcare Resources for Seniors


Lung Cancer Canada


Province of BC



Government of Canada Seniors Programs

For informational purposes only. Information contained on our site is never intended to replace legal advice from a lawyer or medical advice from a physician.

Updated: Nov 15, 2019

November is National Lung Cancer Month in Canada.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths for both males (25.2% of cancer deaths) and females (26.1% of cancer deaths).

๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—Ÿ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ด ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ?

Lung Cancer starts in the cells of your lungs and develops when a group of abnormal cells begins to multiply forming lumps called tumours. Cancer that starts in the lung can spread (metastasize) to other parts of the body.

Typically, the body programs cells to die at a certain stage in their life cycle to avoid overgrowth. Cancer overrides this instruction, causing cells to grow and multiply when they should not.

The overgrowth of cells leads to the development of tumors and the harmful effects of cancer.

In lung cancer, this pattern of cell overgrowth occurs in the lungs, which are vital organs for breathing and gas exchange.

Doctors typically diagnose two lung cancer types, small cell and non-small cell, depending on how they appear under a microscope. A person is more likely to have non-small cell lung cancer than small cell.

๐—Ÿ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ด ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ

It is estimated that in 2019, 14.900 men & 14,500 women will develop Lung Cancer. At nearly 30,000 new cases, lung cancer represents 13% of all new cancer cases. This makes Lung Cancer the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Canada,

It is estimated that 20,000 Canadians (10,900 men & 10,100 women) will die from Lung cancer in 2019. Which makes Lung cancer also the leading cause of cancer death for both males and females.

๐—›๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—Ÿ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ด ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐——๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ฝ?

We typically associate lung cancer with smoking. While smoking has been proven to increase your chances of being diagnosed with Lung Cancer. In reality, anyone can develop it.

Exposure to second-hand smoke, chemicals, Asbestos & pollution are just a few risk factors to consider.

๐—™๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—น๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—น๐˜†

Early detection & treatment is key to success in any form of Cancer. Get regular health check ups & consult with your doctor if you have any concerns about your health.

Since smokers and former smokers have the highest risk of developing Lung Cancer, the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care recommends they get screened with a low-dose CT once each year for 3 years. This is emphasized for adults who are 50-74 years of age.

You can learn more about pre-screening in British Columbia by visiting HealthLinkBC

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with lung cancer and live in the Greater Victoria Area, Pacific Coast Health Services can help by creating a customized Healthcare Plan based on your current condition and prognosis.

For more information visit our Services section or contact us for a free in Home Healthcare Assessment.

Sources: HealthLinkBC - Canada.ca -Cancer.ca - Lung.ca

For informational purposes only. Information contained on our site is never intended to replace legal advice from a lawyer or medical advice from a physician.