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Apr 19
2021

Taking Care of Your Mental Health During the Pandemic – Care for Caregivers

It only takes a quick glance to see the impact of COVID-19 in our communities. Wearing masks in public has become the norm, the arrows in grocery stores that safely direct us, and most indoor activities have been curtailed or have limiting restrictions. However, one of the pandemic’s biggest impacts is something we cannot see […]

Apr 13
2021

Todd Richard’s “Green and Blue” is an inspiring cheer for BC’s frontline healthcare workers

Canadian Country singer Todd Richard has released a catchy new song titled Green and Blue as a tribute and expression of gratitude to all the frontline healthcare workers for their hard work and efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. Funded in part by the BC Care Providers Association and SafeCare BC, the music video was filmed at Willingdon Care Centre […]

Apr 07
2021

Country Singer Todd Richard says Thank You to Healthcare Workers in New Song “Green and Blue”

What better way to say “thank you” than to sing it? Canadian Country singer Todd Richard’s new song Green and Blue is a tribute and a thank you to all the amazing healthcare workers who work in the frontlines during the COVID-19 pandemic. With funding from SafeCare BC and The BC Care Providers, the music video for Green […]

Mar 29
2021

Home Care Vaccination Update from SafeCare BC

The vaccination of home care workers is well underway as part of the province’s Phase 2 COVID-19 vaccine rollout, and SafeCareBC has been working closely with the Ministry of Health and health authorities to make sure that as many of our members as possible are included. Of those who filled out our survey in early […]

Mar 25
2021

Update on Visitor Restrictions in Long-Term Care and Seniors’ Assisted Living – March 25

The BC Ministry of Health announced today that changes to social visitation policies in long-term care and senior’s assisted living will be made to ease restrictions starting April 1. Restrictions on social visitation have been in place since March 2020. With the added layer of protection provided by vaccinations, it has been deemed an appropriate […]

Mar 24
2021

Health Canada Issues Recalls and Warnings on Counterfeit 3M N95 Respirators and Simply At Home Inc. Ethyl Alcohol Sanitizer

Health Canada has issued recalls and warnings on counterfeit 3M N95 respirators and Simply At Home Inc- Ethyl Alcohol Sanitizer 75%. Health Canada is working with 3M Canada, the manufacturer of authentic 3M N95 respirators, and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to address the issue of counterfeit 3M N95 respirators, also seen in other […]

Mar 17
2021

Reports of European investigations into Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccine

A small number of European countries have paused their rollout of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine due to a small number (37) of instances of blood clots in people who have received this vaccine. These countries have stated that they are doing so out of an “abundance of caution.” The World Health Organization, Health Canada and […]

Mar 04
2021

Thank You

On behalf of the entire SafeCare BC team, I want to thank you. To say the past year has been a challenging one for you and your colleagues working in long-term care, home care and community health support, and assisted and independent living is an understatement. As we near the one-year anniversary of the first […]

Mar 02
2021

PPE Survey Results

While PPE supply in continuing care has significantly improved over last year, survey results still show some concern. On February 9, we surveyed the continuing care sector to assess current supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) and to identify any challenges in obtaining PPE. This survey follows three other PPE surveys we did last year. […]

Feb 17
2021

Vaccine Distribution Update

During the February 16 COVID-19 briefing, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry addressed concerns regarding the province’s decision to extend the time between doses of the vaccine. While vaccine supply remains low, the second dose (the booster shot) will be given weeks later than originally planned. This will not have a negative impact on overall […]