Social Work services provide counselling regarding: abuse and neglect related to older, vulnerable adults; client and family adjustment to changes in health including dementia; financial concerns; locating resources, development of community resources to support clients; advanced care planning; palliative care and bereavement. Referrals can be through a medical professional or self.
The First Link® Dementia Helpline is a province-wide support and information service for anyone with questions about dementia, including people with dementia, their caregivers, family and friends, professionals, and the general public. The program is operated by the Alzheimer Society of B.C. Every call is confidential.
P. 1 (800) 936-6033 – Toll free
P. (250) 860-0305 – Kelowna Resource Centre
Lifeline is a medical alarm service for those experiencing mobility or medical challenges and live independently in their homes. The program offers personal alarm buttons (worn on the wrist or as a pendant). An emergency response is activated when the button is pressed or if a fall is detected. Lifeline also provides prescription medication dispensers for those requiring support to take the right medicine at the right time. The service charges a one-time $40.00 equipment installation fee. The monthly fee, depending the type of button, is $40 – $80 per month.
This program is available through MedicAlert Foundation Canada. The MedicAlert ID and service was originally created to help medics treat people quickly and effectively who couldn’t speak for themselves. Today, the service can also help people with dementia who go missing. People with dementia can become lost even in familiar places. Personal information and a hotline number are engraved on the unique MedicAlert blue bracelet that’s worn full-time by a person with dementia. Should they ever go missing, police can quickly identify them by calling the MedicAlert 24-hour Emergency Hotline.
P. 1 (855) 581-3794 – Toll free
The Seniors Health and Wellness Centre is a service that aims to optimize the health of patients with moderate to significant medical complexities and frailty to provide support to their family and care team. The aim is to provide a comprehensive assessment, possible short term treatments and interventions, followed up with a transitions-in-care plan for the patient and the referring physician/nurse practitioner.
To access the Seniors Health and Wellness Centre please contact your Family Physician or Nurse Practitioner.
Queen Victoria Hospital
Rm 29 – 1200 Newlands Rd, Revelstoke, BC
P. (250) 837-2131 Ext: 50307, F. (250) 814-2287
Tuesdays from 08:30 am—4:30 pm