In Health Minister Adrian Dix’s presentation, he repeated a number of times that the priority now is to Register, Register, Register. Over the past week, an additional 389,000 people registered on the Get Vaccinated BC website. This is the best way to ensure you get notified when you are able to book a vaccination appointment. This applies to people waiting for their second shot as well. No matter where you got your first shot – through the health authority, at a pharmacy or at home with a public health nurse – you should Register Now: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/register
Or call 1 833 838-2323.
As soon as a significant majority of people have received their first shot, the Province will start to book second shots.
There are new instructions for front-line staff from Vancouver Coastal Health who want to register to get their vaccination through the healthcare worker process. See the VCH letter here. Beginning next week, adults of all ages in BC will be able to book their vaccination appointments through Get Vaccinated BC.
Step 1: Register
Registration is open to anyone born in 2003 or earlier (18+).
Spectrum is collecting information from employees and paying three hours to all employees who provide evidence of their vaccination. 72 employees were paid for their vaccination leave on May 14th, 2021, for vaccinations given between January and April 2021.
Since October 2020 we have been providing paid leave for all employees who must isolate due to Covid-19 and have provided 1,033 hours of paid leave to ensure employees are able to keep themselves, their teams and their families safe and healthy.
Staying Safe and Healthy
With high community spread (500 – 600 new cases per day), it is more important than ever to follow the safety practices that will keep you, the people you support and your families safe and healthy.
Stay home if you feel sick – Call 811 for further directions and testing
If you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, Call 811 for further directions and testing
Wash your hands regularly
Keep your distance – at least two metres or six feet from people outside your bubble
Wear a mask on transit, in stores, in all indoor public spaces.
Get outside, but continue to keep your distance.
Keep your social bubble small – But stay connected with friends and family. Phone, video chat, go for a walk outside – it is so important to keep in touch.
Continue with these safety practices even after vaccination. The vaccines help prevent serious illness three weeks after your shot, but they do not eliminate the possibility of catching COVID-19 or spreading the infection to other people.
We are checking in to see if you have any questions about getting a vaccination for yourself or for the people you support.
People served in CLBC funded services received a letter allowing them to register as Clinically Extremely Vulnerable people. This letter should have arrived by April 15th, 2021.
Home Share providers were given access to vaccinations in April as Health Care Workers, with different processes for Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health.
The age-based system is now booking appointments for people who are 30 or older and this will drop to 18 and older by Monday next week.
Please let us know if you have any questions about vaccination. We are following the Provincial Health guidelines which say the way to a safer summer for everyone is to get vaccinated as soon as possible. For questions about vaccine safety, please talk to your doctor.
Register for vaccinations at the BC Get Vaccinated site:
Standards created for the coordination of Shared Living
Team gathers information on Home Sharing entity concept
CLBC’s next COVID-19 telephone update on June 8
New Home Sharing Handbooks coming soon
Over the past two years, members of the Home Sharing Working Group, CLBC and our partners (including members of the BC CEO Network) have been working together on a much-needed update to our Home Sharing Handbooks.
The working group has been updating the CLBC Handbook for Home Sharing Providers and creating a new handbook for individuals and families.
As the scope of the project became bigger than anticipated, and due to the impacts of COVID-19, project timelines were extended. Expanding the timeline and creating a more flexible and adaptable approach during this past year helped ensure that a respectful and supportive process was undertaken to incorporate feedback from individuals, families, and home sharing providers.
Over the past year, project team members worked closely with a variety of key stakeholders to begin the first step in the design process. User testing was completed, and project team members developed draft materials based on the feedback received. The draft handbooks were then circulated so additional feedback could be incorporated into the development of the final products.
We would like to thank the following groups who have graciously taken the time to support this project, provide their feedback and share their stories so that we could develop resources that are useful, relevant, and relatable.
Individuals living in home sharing
Home Sharing Working Group members
Home sharing providers
Home sharing coordinators
Self advocacy network members
The handbooks should be ready for distribution in June. The final handbooks will be shared with all Home Share Working Group members, subscribers to this Home Sharing Information Bulletin, CLBC service providers who deliver home sharing, BC CEO Network members, and many other valuable partners. They will be printer friendly and posted on CLBC’s website.
Standards created for the coordination of Shared Living
The name ‘Shared Living’ is a term used for two different types of residential services offered to CLBC eligible individuals. The two services offered through Shared Living are:
Home Sharing: Eligible CLBC individuals living in the shared living provider’s home
Live-in support: CLBC eligible individuals receive support in their own home
In agency coordinated home sharing situations, the agency is responsible for providing support to the home sharing providers with whom they contract. The agency must monitor home sharing services to ensure that they meet the necessary requirements and standards. These agency accountabilities are defined in a contract between the agency and CLBC. CLBC is improving clarity on these accountabilities by adding Standards for the Coordination of Shared Living. These standards will be aligned to the existing standards set by Accrediting Bodies.
The Standards for the Coordination of Shared Living Services Project was implemented by CLBC’s Quality Assurance Department. As home sharing continues to grow, it is important to make sure the standards that agencies must follow are up to date and relevant. These updated and improved coordination standards are designed to support coordinating agencies and provide a better understanding of expectations for those who provide this service.
The Quality Assurance Project team members would like to thank the Home Sharing Working Group for inviting them to provide project updates and gather feedback. Project team members have attended four meetings (since July 2020) and will continue to provide updates and gather input until the standards are final.
It is expected that home sharing providers and individuals living in home sharing will benefit from agencies having more consistent practice and a better understanding of their coordination role.
In addition to attending Home Sharing Working Group meetings, the project team has been working closely with agencies from across the province listed below to ensure the updated standards consider the needs of all types of agencies (big and small) that provide shared living services. We appreciate the time and effort put forward to collaborate, contribute, and support this project.
Team gathers information on Home Sharing entity concept
As home sharing continues to grow, CLBC has been focusing on making a range of improvements to make sure that with growth, home sharing continues to be a vibrant service that is effectively and sustainably delivered.
CLBC is presently exploring the creation of a provincial independent entity to play a supporting role and strengthen a number of roles related to home sharing, including leadership in stewarding the model; recognition and celebration of excellent supports; supports to home sharing providers, individuals and families; coordinated recruitment and training; and advice to CLBC. We believe an independent entity could support the longevity of home sharing and ensure it continues to be a reputable residential option benefiting those living in home sharing, their families and home sharing providers.
Project Update / Timeline
The idea of an independent home sharing body was presented to Home Share Working Group Members in January 2021.
CLBC established a small task force of home sharing providers, families, service providers and CLBC staff. Task Force members were selected based on their experience, knowledge, and collective wisdom in sharing and in collaborative community living work. Members do not represent their organisations but rather the perspective in fulfilling their Task Force membership.
Beginning in February 2021 task force members began scheduling interviews with various organizations/associations. The focus of the interviews is to understand their service model, memberships, what works well, the challenges, and lessons they have learned.
Interviews conducted to date: BC Federation of Foster Parents, Members of the former Central Okanagan Professional Caregivers Society, BC Home Share Caregivers Association, and Shared Lives Plus in the United Kingdom.
CLBC provided an update to the Home Share Working Group meeting on March 18.
The task force will be seeking to better understand the Indigenous perspective in recognition of CLBC’s commitment to Indigenous reconciliation and the need to consider the unique history and cultures of Indigenous Peoples. This includes understanding the impact of public policy and the need for culturally safe services, and to comply with the Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act.
In addition, the task force has identified a need to more fully consider the perspectives of families and individuals who live in home sharing and service providers delivering home sharing. To do so, it will continue the research interview process with family members, individuals with lived experience and service providers.
Once research is complete, the project team will consolidate all information to answer two questions in its report:
What is the need for a new home sharing entity in B.C.? (What are the benefits?)
What roles should an entity play and how should it interact with other home sharing stakeholders?
The task force will complete its report with the goal of providing CLBC with recommendations on how such an entity could support the betterment of home sharing.
The report with recommendations is expected to be completed by the end of September 2021.
Share your perspectives about what “aging and living well” looks like, and could look like, for 2SLGBTQI communities in Canada and how our communities could be better supported to continue to live in community. We want to hear from you about your experiences, ideas, and directions for social support and policy change.
By asking about “aging and living well”, this national interview-based project seeks to expand understandings of aging in 2SLGBTQI communities beyond health alone and to open conversations about how 2SLGBTQI older adults can be better supported to continue to live in community. This focus means that we seek to increase understanding and recognition of the wide range of material considerations (such as housing, finances, etc.) and distinct experiences that characterize aging and living well for 2SLGBTQI older adults.
The study involves semi-structured interviews with 2SLGBTQI older adults over the age of 65 living across Canada. We aim to conduct interviews with 25-40 participants.
We invite interview participants who:
Identify* as Two Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and/or intersex;
Are 65 years of age or older
Live in Canada
Have access to internet or a phone
Can participate in English or French
Are capable to provide consent
* Or anyone who identifies as a sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, sex characteristics (SOGIESC) minority
We especially welcome the participation of 2SLGBTQI older adults who are Black, Indigenous, and people of colour, and who live in rural areas.
We thank everyone for their interest in participating in this study. Please be aware that not everyone who expresses interest will be selected to participate: the research team will select participants to reflect a range of subject positions and identifications among 2SLGBTQI older adults across Canada, and our selection process will prioritize including at least two-thirds of participants from within these groups.
Interviews will be conducted from April to June 2021.
If you are selected and volunteer to participate in this study, you will be asked to do the following:
Complete a Recruitment Form to indicate interest in participation;
Participate in a 15-20 minute Introductory Meeting with a member of the research team over telephone, or using Tauria (an online video conferencing platform). In this meeting we will determine your eligibility for the study, seek informed consent, and ask some basic demographic questions.
Participate in a 1hour interview with a member of the research team.
As a sign of appreciation, each participant selected will receive a $50 Amazon e-gift card.
The results of this research will be used to help inform educational efforts and awareness campaigns, and inform programming and policy recommendations to better meet the needs of 2SLGBTQI older adults.
All engagement will take place over email, telephone, or using Tauria, an online video conferencing service. Only the interview will be audio recorded to ensure an accurate transcript of the conversation. With your permission, anonymous quotations may be used in publications and/or presentations.
This research study is being conducted by Celeste Pang, MA, PhD (candidate), Senior Research Officer, 2SLGBTQI Health, Aging, and Housing at Egale Canada, with Shirin Gerami, MA, PhD (candidate), Research Associate at Egale Canada. If you have any questions about the study, including the recruitment form, or have any concerns, please contact the research team at firstname.lastname@example.org, Celeste Pang at email@example.com or Shirin Gerami at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This project has been reviewed and approved by the Community Research Ethics Board. If you feel you have not been treated according to the descriptions in our information, or your rights as a participant in research have been violated during the course of this project, you may contact the Chair, Community Research Ethics Board, at: Community Research Ethics Office (Canada) Corp. c/o Centre for Community Based Research, 190 Westmount Road North, Waterloo ON N2L 3G5; Email: email@example.com Telephone: 1-888-411- 2736.
If you need technical assistance, please email the research team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call and leave a message at 4169466759 or toll free 1.888.204.7777 x6759. Please state your phone number in your message. We will get back to you. You may also express your interest by leaving a message for the research team (Celeste Pang or Shirin Gerami) at this phone number.
This research study is funded by the Slaight Family Foundation.
It is a great time to review the contents of emergency medical and earthquake kits in your home.
Are your water and food rations currently dated? Other items like glow sticks and batteries have expiry dates. It’s a good time to make sure everything is up to date.
Did you use some of the medical supplies during the year? Now is a great time to order replacement items. Please note that WCB First Aid Kits are required in all of the homes that are staffed.
Have there been changes in the number of people residing in your home? Do you need more or less supplies?
Have any of the people you live with changed their diets over the past year? Do you need to change the dietary foods in their earthquake kits?
If you need help with restocking your emergency medical and earthquake supplies please feel free to contact Judy Smith at email@example.com for assistance.
It is a good time to review all safety procedures in the home; making sure that exit routes are clear of debris, including accessing risk factors (for example, moving items on shelves that could fall and moving heavy items to bottom shelves instead of top shelves). Are all staff are familiar with where emergency care items are stored? Please review the following information from our policy manual with the staff and individuals you support. Include staff to join on skype or zoom if you cannot meet in person so everyone is familiar with this process.
We recommend obtaining and/or renewing your First Aid through St. John’s Ambulance with the Emergency First Aid Community Care course. If there is another course offered by a different provider, please contact Human Resources prior to enrolling to determine if it is equivalent and meets the basic requirements.
To obtain/renew through St John’s Ambulance, please call (604) 321-7242
Register yourself for Emergency First Aid Community Care.
If an employee does not have a valid first aid certificate upon hire, the fee to obtain or renew certification is the responsibility of the employee. Future renewal fees for active employees are covered by Spectrum.
If you are renewing your first aid, ask St. John Ambulance to invoice Spectrum Society
Let them know Spectrum Society will be paying for your course fee.
*St. John Ambulance may request authorization from Spectrum. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the date/location you want to complete the course and we will call them to confirm your registration.
First Aid is a requirement for employment as indicated in ‘Policy 4: Requirements for Employment. Below is a link to Spectrum’s First Aid policy:
For employees renewing their first aid, please ensure St. John’s Ambulance (SJA) includes the CPR pocket mask with your first aid registration. If the CPR pocket mask is not included with your registration fee, SJA requires attendees pay for this on the day of course completion; you can save your receipt and submit it to Human Resources for reimbursement.