Jan 08

Updated Visitors Guideline for Long-term Care and Assisted Living

On January 7, the BC Ministry of Health released updated guidelines regarding visitors in long-term care and assisted living homes. Visitation restrictions apply to all licensed long-term care and registered seniors’ assisted living settings in B.C., including health authority-owned and operated facilities as well as contracted affiliates and fully private operators. This updated guidance supports […]

Jan 05

The Early Edition with Stephen Quinn – Why rapid testing is needed in long term care homes

SafeCare BC CEO Jennifer Lyle speaks with Stephen Quinn about the increasing number of deaths in long term care homes. Listen to the interview here.

Dec 18

COVID-19 Vaccine Survey – Preliminary Results

On December 4, SafeCare BC launched an anonymous electronic survey to understand continuing care workers’ perceptions of a COVID-19 vaccine. The survey was distributed initially via SafeCare BC’s contact lists, and later disseminated by the BC Government and Service Employees’ Union and BC Nurses’ Union to their members within the continuing care sector. The survey […]

Dec 15

Jennifer Lyle Speaks on CBC Radio One’s On The Coast

SafeCare BC’s CEO Jennifer Lyle spoke with Gloria Macarenko on CBC Radio One’s On The Coast about the arrival of vaccinations in BC and what it means for our members. Listen to the interview above.

Dec 10

COVID-19 Safety Huddles

Safety huddles are a great way to engage staff in important conversations about their workplace health and safety. Knowing that COVID-19 has brought many new challenges for continuing care workers, SafeCare BC has created five new safety huddles focused on preventing infection. New topics include: Hand hygiene Personal Protective Equipment COVID-19 Symptoms Physical Distancing Environmental […]

Dec 10

COVID-19 Vaccine News – December 19

On December 9, Dr. Bonnie Henry provided an update on the COVID-19 Vaccine in BC. We will continue to provide more information as it is made available.    British Columbia will start receiving vaccination doses next week. This first round will be very limited. Two locations will receive the doses — one in Coastal Health and one […]

Dec 04

Pandemic Timeline

Throughout 2020, SafeCare BC has adapted its services to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. There have been many new initiatives to overcome the challenges this year, of which we have chronicled in our extensive timeline. From collecting donated personal protective equipment through Operation Protect to launching the mental health resources platform Care for Caregivers, our commitment is to provide […]

Nov 17

Leading Through a COVID-19 Outbreak: SafeCare BC Panel Discussion

On Wednesday, November 25, SafeCare BC will be hosting a virtual panel discussion with four leaders in BC’s continuing care sector. This webinar gives SafeCare BC’s members the opportunity to hear directly from colleagues with first-hand experience handling an outbreak and will help to build our collective knowledge, understanding and resilience as we work together […]

Nov 10

What You Need to Know: Changes to Mask Policies in Healthcare Settings

On November 4, the Ministry of Health and British Columbia Centre of Disease Control released a new policy regarding mask use in healthcare settings. Of note, the new policy enforces the use of medical masks for visitors and other non-clinical staff (in addition to care workers) in all healthcare settings. This includes long-term care homes, senior […]

Aug 13

PPE Still a Concern for Continuing Care

82% of continuing care organizations report concern about their ability to obtain adequate personal protective equipment over the winter months. For Immediate Release: August 13, 2020 BURNABY – A recent SafeCare BC survey of continuing care organizations shows that while the current supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) has improved from the critical shortages experienced […]