Relaxing the restrictions: how do care providers support families through grief and loss?

BCCPA and several other groups have been calling for an end to restrictive policies around visitation in long-term care and assisted living now that the majority of residents and staff have been vaccinated, or can gain access to rapid testing. Earlier in March, the Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry stated that she would soon support allowing family visits in long-term care and assisted living as early as the end of this month.

However, there are many things to consider as our members begin to welcome back the companions of their residents back into the care home. It is anticipated that upon being reunited with residents, many family members will have an emotional reaction, such as feelings of grief and loss. In many cases, these feelings will be triggered by the physical and cognitive changes they observe after being apart from their family members for such a long period of time.

With guests from the Alzheimer Society of B.C., the Family Caregivers of B.C., and the Vancouver Island Association of Family Councils, BCCPA and EngAge BC are hosting an forum via Zoom to better understand the range of support services which long-term care and assisted living staff can draw on to support family caregivers.

Note: though this event is geared toward long-term care and assisted living providers, all are welcome to tune into this free event.

Moderator:

Mike Klassen, VP Public Affairs, BC Care Providers Association

Panelists:

Sarah Eveneshen, Provincial Coordinator, Program Development, Alzheimer Society of B.C.
Barb Mclean, CEO, Family Caregivers of BC
Kim Slater, Vancouver Island Association of Family Councils

Date: March 30th, 2021
Time:
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Cost: FREE

Register here to attend this important dialogue.