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Updated: Mar 19

Be aware of what information is online.

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Pacific Coast Health Services has noticed a lot of misinformation on the internet including on social media in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have compiled a list of links and collected some information that we feel should help clear up any misconceptions and to help you stay safe and informed. From testing & prevention to preparation & response here are some the most trusted sources to get information on COVID-19 in BC.

Health Link BC World Health Organization BC Centre for Disease Control Government of Canada Island Health Centre for Disease Control (for our U.S friends and family)

Phone support in BC call 811

The American Chemistry Council’s Center for Biocide Chemistries has compiled a list of products that have been pre-approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use against “emerging enveloped pathogens.” The centre said the products can be used during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Hand washing is one of the most important ways to fight the spread of viruses.

Pacific Coast Health Services COVID-19 Response Plan

Final Notes: COVID-19 like any new pandemic will have changing information. We will be updating this post as more information comes in. Do you have some information or a link that you think should be on this list? Drop us an email at rwhitney@pchservices.ca

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Older adults can be disproportionately affected by disasters and emergencies. Seniors and caregivers must have an understanding of the potential risks and prepare to curb those risks by having an emergency plan in place. Mobility, chronic conditions, side effects from medications and lack of preparation can be just some of the factors that should be considered when preparing for an emergency plan for seniors. Never use cookie-cutter plans as every individual's personal needs will vary.

Working with friends, loved ones or caregivers can make planning easier

Identify the Hazards:

Begin your plan by asking yourself what potential hazards you could face specifically on the west coast of British Columbia.

Here are just four examples of emergency

Earthquake: The entire west coast of B.C is in an active earthquake region that could be impacted by an earthquake at any time. Learn how to prepare for an earthquake by visiting the government of B.C website.

Tsunami: waves can grow large in height as they near our shores. These environmental powerhouses can cause destruction of property, flooding and affect people's ability to get around. To learn more about Tsunamis, check out this video.

Wind Storms: can happen at any time; however, they are more prevalent between the months of October - March. High winds can cause extensive property damage from fallen trees and power lines, causing power outages & road closures.

Wildfires: Forest fires hundreds of miles away can have a detrimental effect on seniors breathing, mobility and overall health. This stands especially true for older adults with heart and lung conditions.


After identifying potential hazards specific to you, it is time to get prepared. When it comes to seniors in British Columbia, you may need to consider going above and beyond the basics.

Consider having the following in your emergency kit:

  • Extra supply of any prescriptions (always consult with your healthcare provider when it comes to medications)

  • Extra glasses, hearing aids & hearing aid batteries, blood sugar monitors and batteries for blood sugar monitors.

  • Breathing and respiratory aids.

  • Record of medical conditions & allergies stored in a waterproof container.

  • Sanitation and hygiene products.

  • Minimum of three day supply of non perishable food.

  • Manual can opener

  • 4 litres of fresh drinking water per day. (plan for minimum of 72 hours)

  • Matches and candles

  • Flashlight with extra batteries

  • Coins and cash

  • Blankets

  • Whistle

  • Portable battery chargers for cell phones

  • Have a list containing a support network of no less than three people and their contact information. In addition, keep a complete list of your healthcare providers including caregivers, nurses, doctors or any part of your support team.

  • Copy of important documents in a water proof bag or container.

  • First Aid kit

  • Pocket knife

  • If you have a pet, you will need enough supplies to support your pet for at least 72 hours. Including food, water & medications.

  • Battery or hand cranked radio.

  • Have and practice an evacuation plan

  • If you are using a walker, cane, wheelchair or any other mobility device, have a mobility plan in place. Have a conversation with your caregiver or a medical professional to explore your options.

  • Ensure you have smoke detectors with the ability to detect carbon monoxide and can serve as a night light. Change your batteries at least once per calendar year.

Check: the condition of any packaging, expiry dates, double check batteries & add/remove items as needed.

Identifying the hazards and having your emergency kits ready doesn't serve you well if it is not ready when you need it. Keep everything in a space where it is readily available and inspect your kit no less than 2 times per year.

Keeping informed is one of the most essential components of any emergency plan. From preparing your emergency kit to putting your emergency plan in action, knowledge is king. Check out our list of links to help you better be prepared in case of an emergency.

Pacific Coast Health Services has qualified nurses and caregivers that can help with your emergency preparedness plan. From personal supports to nursing call Pacific Coast Health Services for your free in home assessment at (250) 389-0202 24/7/365.

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

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Where: Pacific Coast Health Services Position: Live-In Caregiver (Personal Support Worker) City, Province: Greater Victoria Area, BC TERM: Casual

Description: Are you a professional, positive and attentive caregiver who has a flexible schedule and a passion for helping others in the community? Pacific Coast Health Services is currently looking for Casual Live-In Caregivers to serve the Greater Victoria Area.Position Summary: Live-In Caregivers understand that seniors and others who need care and support, enjoy an improved quality of life when they continue living at home in familiar surroundings. As a Live-In Caregiver with Pacific Coast, you will live at our clients’ home for 24 hour shifts helping them to live their lives.Key

Responsibilities: • Personal care • Lifts and transfers • Assistance in the bathroom, shower • Feeding • Medication assistance • Light housekeeping • Meal preparation • Companionship • Possible accompaniment to appointments

About You: • Certified RCA or HCA or equivalent experience • Ability to obtain a Clear Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Search upon hire • Ability to provide references who will tell us you are reliable, punctual, and committed • A caring, helpful attitude

Pacific Coast offers a competitive compensation package and scheduling flexibility. To apply, email to the attention of Twyla, or fax your resume to 250-389-0210. Please feel free to drop into our office at 2631 B Douglas Street and say hello!

Fill by: ongoing hire

Contact: PCHS Recruitment 2631 B Douglas Street Victoria BC V8T 4M2 250.389.0202 info@pchservices.ca