It was sad reading in Robyn Bell’s piece this morning, that more than half of respondents to a long-term care survey said they “sometimes,” “rarely” or “never” have a close friend over, and “many in care homes will spend most of their time sitting alone or watching television.”
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Care homes need to improve personal care and socialization, report shows
Photo illustration by Dash Dixon / Capital Daily
Long-term care (LTC) homes are failing to provide necessary personal care, according to the BC senior advocate’s latest survey results. The survey was completed by more than 10K residents and nearly 8K frequent visitors and family members.
The report says there’s been “little improvement in areas such as frequency of bathing, help at mealtimes, meaningful activities, and engagement with staff and other residents.”
While a large portion of respondents had positive outlooks on staff working at their LTC homes—87% of residents reported they trust staff to take good care of them and 95% of residents reported they’ve never been treated unfairly by staff due to their race or culture—aspects of personal care and grooming appear to be a lower priority.
Half of the residents who responded reported “rarely” or “never” being bathed as frequently as they would like. In BC, bathing frequency is not a defined regulation in LTC.
Another major concern was the lack of socialization available to residents, with two-thirds of residents saying they “sometimes,” “rarely” or “never” find enjoyable things to do on evenings and weekends or find opportunities to explore new skills or interests.
Canceled cantaloupe: Malichita brand recalled due to salmonella.
Free downtown parking, courtesy of the DVBA, Bay Centre, and Robbins Parking, at nine parkades. Tomorrow and next Sat.
New local non-profit wants to combat climate helplessness
Co-founders Cindy Moyer, Gwen Snyder, and Shannon Carman. Photos: ReImagine West Shore
Many locals struggle with how they can make a dent in an issue as huge as climate change.
Some South Islanders have even told Capital Daily that hopelessness about future environmental catastrophe factors into whether they’ll have kids (and Victorians are having, by one metric, the fewest children in Canada).
However, three locals want to make small-scale change seem feasible and make climate information more accessible. This project by three local women, ReImagine West Shore, plans to host free and by-donation public meetings in easy-to-reach venues so it can get input from a wide range of people. In turn, it hopes to show the public simple, less daunting steps to take.
“We believe firmly that it's all of us regular people making whatever changes we can within our capacity to do so,” says co-founder Cindy Moyer.
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The Belfry Theatre's Crush Plus Online Auction started on Monday and will close on Sunday, Nov. 19 at 6 pm.
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Fly Helijet to Vancouver and spend the day at the Vancouver International Wine Festival. Enjoy a relaxing night at the Lord Stanley Hotel before your helicopter ride home.
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All proceeds benefit Victoria’s leading professional theatre company and its beautiful heritage venue in the heart of Fernwood.
✒️ Poetry in Light: City of Victoria Poet Laureate Marie Metaphor Specht is hosting two poetry writing workshops on Nov. 30 and Dec. 7. Register here.
Province tears down Hells Angels Nanaimo clubhouse
Crews have begun demolishing the Victoria Road shack after winning a prolonged court battle with the bikers. VIDEO: [Nanaimo News Now]
U-15 hockey player hurt in on-ice incident in Courtenay
A melee broke out with 1.2 seconds left in Monday’s bronze-medal tourney game, won 4-1 by the Admirals. The TC says an Admirals player was suffering from internal bleeding. [Times Colonist]
Not-so-sweet smell of strike: sugar prices soar
Local bakeries and restos are paying more for what is becoming an elusive sweetener, two months after workers left the job at a BC sugar plant. No word yet on potential price increases. [CHEK]
Police find 3D-printed guns; Langford man arrested
RCMP say they found several prohibited weapons, including “ghost guns”, ammunition, and body armour. [RCMP]
More sick than slick: Mutual fund dealer nabbed for theft
Ken David Derksen, formerly with Investors Group Financial, has been handed $325K in penalties after being found to have taken advantage of a client who was in ill health. [Victoria News]
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Holiday market magic fills Crystal Garden November 24 to 26
Out of Hand Modern Market takes place Nov. 24 to 26 in Crystal Garden. Shop beautiful handmade goods directly from the over 120 incredible makers, artists, and designers selected to fill this magical location. This is one holiday market you do not want to miss!
🍺 Novem-Beer Fest: This fundraiser for Camosun’s student society food bank, happening at Sherri Bell Hall on the Lansdowne campus, will feature craft beer, free food, and live music. Today. 4-6pm. [Tickets]
🎷 Nick La Riviere and the Best Laid Plans: The jazz band performs at Hermann’s Upstairs. Tonight. 8:30pm. [Info]
🤘 Dead Quiet/The Dog Indiana/Bikura perform at Lucky Bar. Tonight. 7pm. [Tickets]
🎭 Gibney Company at Royal Theatre: The contemporary New York dance troupe will perform. Tonight. 7:30pm. [Tickets]
💃 Rakata Latin Night: This reggaeton and Latin dance party at Capital Ballroom will feature DJs Alex King and Alexander Gomez. Tonight. 10pm. [Tickets]
Correction: The Middle Beach returned to Pacheedaht Nation is in Port Renfrew, not Tofino. Capital Daily regrets the error.
Cathedral proposes housing—up to 500 units—on grounds around Christ Church. [Capital Daily]
Thursday’s headlines: Land to return to Island First Nation, View Royal Reading Centre closes, Victoria wins Good Housekeeping accolades, and more. [Nov 16]
Victoria and Esquimalt police budget review: VicPD has requested a 7% budgetary increase. [Capital Daily]
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