• Roy W Digital Manager

Exercise is much more than just getting or keeping in shape. It also can help with your emotional and mental health. Exercise can help you improve your self-esteem, keep your mind off problems, and give you a sense of control. In elder adults, exercise can help fight loneliness, slow down cognitive decline, help decrease falls and improve hand eye coordination. According to Health Link BC, "Exercise may help prevent depression from coming back and improve symptoms of mild depression".

4 Tips to get moving during the holidays

1. Cleaning up: Having a clean and uncluttered home can help with mental clutter, decrease the chance of falls, help control germs, reduce allergy symptoms from dust and help you get a better night's sleep. While cleaning up is a great way to get moving, it is important to stay within your own limits. Go at your own pace, take breaks and keep hydrated by having some water on hand at all times.

Pro Tip: Take cleaning one task at a time & don't overdue it.

2. Deck the halls: With the current public health orders in British Columbia regarding visitors in our homes, it might be all too easy to use the limits as an excuse for not putting up the tree or decorating our homes. Not so fast! Maintaining a sense of normality can help reduce loneliness and depression. Decorating our home during the holidays can stir up wonderful memories, create a positive environment, offers a great way to get moving and can give you the perfect backdrop for your holiday zoom calls with friends and family.

Pro Tip: Dress up windows, shelves and tables with some holiday cheer.

3. Get outside: From a casual stroll to brisk walking, getting outside for a little exercise offers an opportunity to escape the daily grind, breath in some fresh air, boost moral and soak up a little sunshine. Note: sunshine may be limited in Victoria BC 😉 In fact, Doctor Bonnie Henry has encouraged people to safely enjoy British Columbia's outdoor spaces, saying that going for walks and spending time in parks is important for mental health. Always review and follow the suggestions by your healthcare team and our current provincial health orders for BC prior to heading out. Pay special attention to social distancing, wearing a mask and hand washing. If you are feeling unwell or experiencing flu like symptoms, please stay home.

Pro Tip: Keep within your limits.

The holidays are a joyful time full of celebration and activity, but for those of us that are living alone, the 2020 holiday season could be overly stressful and cause loneliness. Keeping active, healthy and positive will give you the foundation of holly jolly Christmas and a festive new year.

Pro Tip: Virtual exercise with friends or family for added fun & safety.

4. Virtual Exercise: As we age our body produces fewer immune cells including white blood cells. With fewer immune cells, heading outside may in part go against the advice of your healthcare team or make you more vulnerable to COVID 19 or the flu. Since staying home is one of the best preventative measures against COVID 19, it is important to look at virtual options for getting our daily dose of exercise.

From Youtube videos & mobile applications to websites like eldergym.com & the YMCA there are no shortages of virtual exercise options to choose from.

Have questions regarding physical activity? Check out Physical Activity Services at HealthLink BC or call 8-1-1 to speak with a qualified exercise professional. Qualified exercise professionals are available Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm Pacific Time. Translation services are available in over 130 languages.

Always consult with a healthcare professional prior to starting any new exercise regime.

Stay calm, keep positive & share some love this holiday season.

We are in this together.

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 blog post was done in partnership with our good friends at Lions Gate Home Care.

Part 1 of 5: navigating the holidays during a pandemic.

Let's face it 2020 has been a challenging year for everyone, but it has been especially difficult for seniors and their loved ones. While COVID 19 is not on anyone’s Christmas list & it is safe to say Christmas will not be canceled, we can say with certainty that this holiday season will be unlike any in recent memory. As the holiday season approaches and 2021 adds a new chapter in life, it is apparent that many people, including senior citizens, may find themselves lonely this time of year.

Investing in your relationships

Before anything, it is imperative to understand that investing in our relationships can be one of the most rewarding things we can do for ourselves, our loved ones and those around us. By making a commitment to our relationships, we become more informed, better prepared to help or seek help when needed and allows us and others to flex those 17 muscles that help everyone smile.

Start by mapping out a holiday plan with your friends and loved ones. If possible take turns touching base with people who are vulnerable to experiencing loneliness.

9 real actions you can take to help

Send Snail Mail:

The art of a handwritten letter plays a lesser role in today's world, even though everyone loves the feeling of getting on. Send a handwritten letter by mail or drop it off. Include artwork from the kids and maybe even a little treat.

Crafting & Baking

Seniors love crafting & baking, it's really good for the brain and helps maintain their motor skills. Try knitting, sewing, baking, cooking or make handmade gifts for the holidays together over Zoom or Facebook video chat. Doing activities online instead of just chatting can offer the feeling of someone just being there, helping you and working together.

Get the children in the action

Grandparents love their grandchildren and having children write a story or read a book to grandma or grandpa can be very satisfying and even helps Get the children to read a story to grandma or grandpa.

Pro Tip: make it a holiday classic like How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, by Dr. Seuss

Help with errands

Touch base and see if you can pick something for a senior such as groceries, gifts or medications.

Online games

Play interactive online video games with those you love using a game console, cell phone, tablet or computer. Start with simple classic games such as monopoly, cribbage or scrabble.

Love with food

Order, pick up or cook some food virtually! Like all of us, elder adults find comfort in food and helps keep their energy up.

Pro tip: place a tablet or cell phone on the table and eat together virtually.

Sing it Sam!

Gather up and sing! Get your household or bubble together and sing a few Christmas carols outside of a loved one's house. Anyone who has experienced someone carolling outside their home knows the warm feeling they get and how it can really make you smile.

Always remember follow the guidelines set by your local, provincial and federal health authorities. Pay special attention to safety precautions such as gatherings, masking and social distancing. Consider singing online if you are not sure what guidelines have been set.

Take a trip! Virtual trip that is.

Many museums around the globe are temporarily closed due to the coronavirus. But that doesn't mean you can't take a virtual trip together. Thanks to Google Arts & Culture, you can still explore hundreds of places of interest around the world. From Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum to Seoul’s National Museum of Modern & more than 500 other museums and galleries offer up a peek inside their doors. Google has put together a top 10 list, if you are not sure where to start.

Get moving!

Set up a virtual exercise program and work out together. Or better yet, have some real fun by having the kids dance with grandma or grandpa virtually. From low impact to heart-pumping dance moves, there is no shortage of youtube workouts, mobile apps and other online options for exercise.

Always keep things safe by keeping within everyone's abilities and consulting your healthcare team before starting any new exercise program.

Make a collective holiday plan

Family, friends and caregivers should share the joy of helping elderly adults through the holiday season. Make a schedule and set up different activities or meetings at different times throughout the week.

Navigating Christmas will be different this year, but by making a concentrated investment into our relationships, it can help everyone have a happy holiday season.

Stay calm, keep positive & share some love this holiday season.

We are in this together.

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 blog post was done in partnership with our good friends at Lions Gate Home Care.

  • Roy W Digital Manager

Starting October 31st Facebook will begin removing the "Notes" feature from business facebook pages. As such our current notes, Welcome To Our Facebook and Contest Rules will not be available in the coming days. The removal of these notes will not change our vision of promoting a friendly, informative and enjoyable experience on all of our digital media spaces. However, the delivery of our contest rules will change. In our continued commitment to transparency and holding ourselves accountable to our digital media audience, we are moving these notes into our blog.

Pacific Coast Health Services Code of Conduct

Keeping in line with Pacific Coast Health Services' commitment to providing our fans and everyone in the digital world a safe place to engage, it is important that fans or anyone engaging on our Facebook, Instagram or any other digital platform managed by Pacific Coast Health Services understand that we all must conduct ourselves in a respectful, tolerant and dignified manner.

Therefore, content and comments containing any of the following are not allowed for posting on our page and will be removed as soon as possible without notice:

  • Profane, defamatory, offensive or violent language

  • “Trolling”, or posting deliberately disruptive statements meant to hijack comment threads or throw discussions off-track

  • Attacks on specific groups or any comments meant to harass, threaten or abuse an individual

  • Hateful or discriminatory comments regarding race, ethnicity, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation or political beliefs

  • Links or comments containing sexually explicit content material

  • Discussion of illegal activity

  • Spam, link baiting or files containing viruses that could damage the operation of other people’s computers or mobile devices

  • Acknowledgement of intent to stalk an individual or collect private information without disclosure

  • Commercial solicitations or promotion of a competitor

  • Violations of copyright or intellectual property rights

  • Content that relates to confidential or proprietary business or personal information

  • Content determined to be inappropriate, in poor taste, or otherwise contrary to the purposes of the forum

  • Promoting competing products, services, or brands

  • Personal promotion

We reserve the right to delete, edit or hide any post at any time without notification.

Contest Rules

From time to time Pacific Coast Health Services will hold contests. We have created a set of blanket rules that are held with all contests. These blanket rules are automatically included mentioned or not with any specific instructions on any specific contest.

Blanket Rules

  1. No Purchase Necessary.

  2. Winners are eligible to win again at any time.

  3. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries.

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

  5. Contests are held on our Facebook or Instagram or in some cases both.

  6. All contests on Facebook or Instagram are a single contest. Not to be confused with one contest per platform.

  7. You must be a current resident of the Greater Victoria Area.

  8. Prizes are to be accepted as awarded and offer no cash value.

  9. Winners are chosen at random. Where a question is part of participation, there is no wrong, right or preferred answer.

  10. Entries of pictures, videos or content must be your original work and can not have been used in a previous contest.

  11. Contestants may enter all contests one time on each platform where the contest is posted, for up to a total of two times. Multiple entries on a single platform are strictly prohibited. To prevent the possibility of fraudulent or duplicate entries, contestants are required to use their real name that is associated with their specific social media platform. For example: If you are listed as John Black on Facebook and your real name is Harry Guy, the prize can only be issued to John Black as John Black was announced as the winner. To be clear entries made using a Facebook or Instagram account that have names that do not match their valid government-issued identification are automatically disqualified.

  12. Prizes can only be accepted by the declared winner.

  13. Prizes must be picked up in person by the winner.

  14. Valid provincial identification is required upon pick up of all prizes.

  15. All contests and prizing is at the sole responsibility of the Pacific Coast Health Services and is no way part of Facebook or Instagram.

  16. To ensure the integrity of the contest we reserve the right to publish the name and photo of all winners on any Social Media Platform. Winner’s pictures or names will never be used directly or indirectly to promote Pacific Coast Health Services.

  17. Pacific Coast Health Services respects your privacy and does not share or collect what it considers to be confidential information. Information such as an address, email or phone number is considered to be personal information.

  18. Pacific Coast Health Services reserves the right to disqualify any such entrants or declared winners that are in breach of the said contest rules.

  19. Prizes must be picked up within 30 days or the prize is automatically forfeited without notice and re-gifted for another contest at a later date.

  20. Terms are subject to change without notice. It is advised that you review these terms and any additional terms as posted in our blog prior to entering each contest held by Pacific Coast Health Services.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding our social media policies feel free to forward and email to rwhitney@pchservices.ca.