On World Humanitarian Day (WHD) August 19, the world celebrates humanitarians – a “thank you” to all aid and health workers who have committed their lives to provide life-saving support and protection to people most in need. This day was designated in memory of the 19 August 2003 bomb attack on the Canal Hotel in Baghdad, Iraq, killing 22 people, including the chief humanitarian in Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello.
Being a “humanitarian” means helping people who are suffering and saving lives any time any place in the world. And so humanitarian work requires being responsible, conscious of the circumstances of other people's lives, and helping them on the basis of need, without discrimination.
The COVID-19 pandemic has drawn attention across the world to the vital roles of key workers such as those employed in healthcare. Across the globe, and even in our lovely Peachland community, people have been posting hearts and thank-you signs in their windows to thank these key workers for their effort and courage in facing the threat of COVID-19 in their daily work.
The Peachland Wellness Centre (PWC) would like to extend this well-deserved tribute to Peachland caregivers, who are taking care of the ones they love. According to Statistics Canada, “nearly half (46 per cent) of Canadians from coast to coast to coast have provided care to a family member or friend with a long-term health condition, disability or aging need at some point in their lives.” The Family Caregivers of British Columbia say that, “There are over one million people (the estimated population of the province is 4.6 million) providing unpaid care for adult family members and friends in British Columbia.” Caregivers are typically family members, friends or neighbours who provide personal, social and psychological support to someone in need.
Caring for a loved one with an illness, disability, or age-related challenges can be tough. Long hours and personal sacrifice are par for the job and exhaustion, both physical and emotional, can result if bearing the responsibility alone. Caregivers need care too.
We recognize the tremendous amount of work and commitment caregiving requires, and in turn, we have committed our support to caregivers by partnering with the Interior Health Authority to provide the PWC Adult Day Service that we hope to be offering again in the very near future. This service provides part-of-the-day supervised programming in a group setting for dependent adults, such as the frail elderly, individuals with dementia, chronic health issues, or disabilities (complex care clients as defined in the Ministry of Health Services provincial policy). On-site support services may include leisure activities, meals and personal care.
PWC also partners with the Alzheimer's Society of BC providing the Dementia Caregivers Support Group. This group supports the caregiver and provides an opportunity to learn and share with other caregivers in a comfortable safe setting.
One goal of providing these services in the community is to assist clients to remain independent in their homes as long as it is safe to do so, to provide respite to unpaid caregivers, to provide social and recreational activities in a safe setting, and to improve the quality of life and reduce isolation for clients,
Christina MacMaster, PWC Executive Coordinator
For more information on any PWC Program or Service or information on the safe restart date or procedures for a program or service please call 250-767-0141.
Thank you Caregivers, you are our heroes.