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7 numbers every senior needs to know

Some useful information to keep handy for future reference if you live in British Columbia

1 health information

8-1-1 (healthlinkbc.ca)
When: 24 hours/day, 7 days/week
Why: If you’re feeling unwell or have a minor injury and are unsure about what to do. Or if you just have a health question or need advice about a health issue.
What: Health advice from a nurse; nutrition information from a dietitian; advice about drugs and pills from a pharmacist; where to find health services in your community.

2 personal health

YOUR DOCTOR’s # ___________________________
Nearest walk-in clinic # _______________________
When: Office/clinic hours
Why: Your doctor is your health expert. Call if you have an urgent concern you think needs to be seen to soon. If you don’t have a family doctor a walk-in clinic may be a good option. Otherwise, call 8-1-1 for advice.

3 home help

604-268-1312 (betterathome.ca)
Better at Home

When: 8:30-4:30, 5 days/week
Why: If you need friendly visiting; transportation to appointments; light yard work; minor home repairs; snow shoveling; light housekeeping; grocery shopping (services vary by community).Subsidized services. Wait lists are in effect.

604-510 6007 (bcaredfor.ca)
B Cared For

When: Better at home support is often age restricted and has waiting lists. Consider private services like B Cared For to get the help you need now.
Why: If you need help transportation to appointments, light yard work, housekeeping,  grocery shopping or social companionship.

4 home health

Fraser Health Service Line
When: 8:30-4:30, 7 days/week
Why: To find out if you qualify for in-home personal care, home care nursing or rehab, palliative care, day
programs for adults or respite services for caregivers.
What: Trained phone staff will identify your needs and refer you to the services you need. Some services may
be free, based on your income.

5 Mental health

Fraser Health Crisis Line
When: 24 hours/day, 7 days/week
Why: For anything that’s causing you concern, worry or distress, for example suicide thoughts or feelings, mental health problems, addictions, family violence,
abuse, relationship conflicts, loss, or just plain loneliness.
What: Free confidential emotional support, crisis intervention and community resource information.

6 Community Services

2-1-1 (bc211.ca)
When: 24 hours/day, 7 days/week
Why: If you need a service and aren’t sure what it’s called or where to find it. One call connects you to an information and referral specialist with numbers for all community, social and government services.

7 emergency Services

When: 24 hours/day, 7 days/week
Why: Any serious emergency. An ambulance will arrive with attendants to assess whether you need to be transported to the local Emergency department.

Teunis Schouten, Owner at B Cared For Services