Resources

If you want to learn a bit more about our workshops, this list of resources is a good start. Just scroll through this alphabetical list of topics and browse through some of the most up-to-date resources for each topic. The resources may be all you need but if you are interested in more information and conversation about any of these topics, you can book a workshop for a group using the How to Request a Workshop Form under the WORKSHOPS menu on the home page.

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SESSION / TOPIC RESOURCES
General 2-1-1

This is a non-profit organization that specializes in providing free information and referral regarding community, government and social services in BC.

Help line services include 211, the Alcohol and Drug Information and Referral Service (ADIRS), the Problem Gambling Help Line, VictimLink BC, and the Youth Against Violence Line.

8-1-1  HealthLink BC
Free-of-charge B.C. provincial health information and advice phone line. The 8-1-1 phone line is operated by HealthLink BC, which is part of the Ministry of Health. By calling 8-1-1, you can speak to a health service navigator, who can help you find health information and services; or connect you directly with a registered nurse, a registered dietitian, a qualified exercise professional, or a pharmacist. Any one of these healthcare professionals will help you get the information you need to manage your health concerns, or those of your family.

COSCO – Council of Senior Citizens’ Organization
COSCO is an umbrella organization of many groups advocating for health, housing, transportation, and income security issues for seniors in BC.
Website: http://coscobc.org

The Public Legal Guardian Website has many resources for you. A partial list of their materials:

Advance Care Planning Advance Care Planning – Making Future Health Care Decisions For information on advance care planning information and resources in British Columbia, including videos (Punjabi and Simplified Chinese subtitles available), brochures, tips on completing your advance care plan, or answers to frequently asked questions, click on the links below.

The Attorney-General and Ministry of Housing provides additional legal information useful for your advance care planning. To learn more, click on the link below.

Your Local Health Authority – For advance care planning information and resources from your local health authority, click on the links below.

The Ministry of Health encourages all capable adults in B.C. to do advance care planning and take the further step of documenting their wishes and instructions for future health care using the tools available in the advance care planning guide. Click on the links for more information.

Advance Care Planning

Caregiver Support

End-of-Life Care

Organ Donation


Expected/Planned Home Deaths –
In British Columbia, individuals have the right to choose to die at home. For information about how to have an expected/planned death at home, click on the link. 


Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment (MOST)
  – Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment (MOST) are medical orders. They are a way for your doctor to communicate your treatment wishes and decisions with other doctors and health-care providers who may be involved in your care. Through advance care planning discussions, you and your doctor will explore your values and the range of treatments available.

For medical orders for scope of treatment (MOST) information and resources from your health authority, click on the links.

For a Medical Order for Scope of Treatment Brochure click here (PDF).

Advance Directive Advance Care Planning BC
https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/family-social-supports/seniors/health-safety/advance-care-planningAdvance Care Planning Canada
http://www.advancecareplanning.caAlzheimer Society of BC provides information and support to alleviate the personal and social consequences of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. www.alzheimerbc.orgDoctors of BC https://www.doctorsofbc.ca/news/advance-directives

Dying with Dignity Canada https://www.dyingwithdignity.ca includes information about navigating a request for assisted dying as well as various other documents including an Advance Care Planning Kit

Health Care Consent laws are changing https://www.doctorsofbc.ca/sites/default/files/advance- directive-primer_booklet_webupdatedfeb72013.pdf

Law Students’ Legal Advice Program Clinics: Law students from the University of British Columbia offer free legal help with some legal matters. 604-822-5791  www.lslap.bc.ca

Lawyer Referral Service offers referrals to lawyers who can provide up to a half-hour consultation for $25. Lower Mainland: 604-687-3221, Toll-free: 1-800-663-1919, lawyerreferral@bccba.org

Medical Order for Scope of Treatment Brochure click here

Ministry of Attorney General provides information about planning for incapacity. www.ag.gov.bc.ca/incapacity-planning

My Voice: Download in whole or in part at www.gov.bc.ca/advancecare

Nidus Personal Planning Resource Centre and Registry provides detailed information about end of life planning.

No CPR Form https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/health-feature/no-cpr-form

Public Guardian and Trustee offers advice on Advance Care Planning 604-660- 4444, www.trustee.bc.ca

Advocacy for Caregivers Assisted Living Registrar – Protects health and safety for those in assisted living situations.
Phone: 1-866-714-3378
Email: info@alregistrar.bc.caOffice of the Ombudsperson – Investigates unfair treatment by provincial government.
Phone: 1-800-567-3247Office of the Seniors’ Advocate
Phone: 1-877-952-3181
Web: www.seniorsadvocatebc.caPatient Care Quality Offices – Contact your regional office with a complaint about quality of care.
Web: www.patientcarequalityreviewboard.caSeniors Abuse & Information Line (SAIL)
Phone: 1-866-437-1940 or 604-437-1940Seniors First BC (formerly BC Centre for Elder Advocacy and Support) Information and Education.
Phone: 604-688-1927 (Vancouver)
Email: info@seniorsfirstbc.ca
Web: www.seniorsfirstbc.ca
Age-Friendly Communities Age-friendly BC for links and resources:  https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/family-social-supports/seniors/about-seniorsbc/seniors-related-initiatives/age-friendly-bc/links-to-resources

BC Healthy Communities http://bchealthycommunities.ca

Becoming an Age-friendly Community: Local Government Guide for how-to tips: https://healthyagingcore.ca/sites/default/files/2018-09/becoming_an_agefriendly_community_local_government_guide.pdf

Age Well, Live Well with Safe Medication Use A Practical Guide to Stopping Medicines in Older People https://bpac.org.nz/BPJ/2010/April/stopguide. aspx

RxISK  http://rxisk.org/ This drug safety website provides resources and access to data on prescription drugs you can’t get anywhere else. It includes questions to ask before you take a medication, a side effects checker, a drug interaction checker, and a self-quiz.

Sleepwell http://sleepwellns.ca/ Sleepwell is a Canadian website that contains information to help people manage insomnia without relying on sleeping pills.

Therapeutics Letter (Reducing Polypharmacy: A Logical Approach) https://www.ti.ubc.ca/2014/09/02/reducing- polypharmacy-a-logical-approach/ This letter discusses the issues around elders who are on a multitude of drugs and suggests that medication regimes should be challenged routinely.

Care for the Caregiver Alzheimer Society of BC www.alzheimerbc.org/We-Can-Help/Dementia-Education.aspx

B.C. Cancer Agency  www.bccancer.bc.ca/HPI/RecommendedLinks/coping/caregivers.html

Caregivers Association of B.C.  http://www.thefamilycaregiver.com/bc/resources/

Dementia Helpline: Lower Mainland 604-681-8651, Province wide 1-800- 936-6033

Family Caregivers Network Society www.fcns-caregiving.org/resources/  (250)384-0408

Family Caregiver Support Line 1- 877-520-3267

Nidus Personal Planning Resource Centre and Registry  www.nidus.ca/

Public Guardian and Trustee www.trustee.bc.ca

Vancouver Coastal Health Authority: Toll Free 1-866-884-0888 Local (604) 736-2033 http://www.health.gov.bc.ca/socsec/

Chronic Diseases Arthritis Society www.arthritis.ca/bc

BC Lung Association www.lung.ca

Canadian Cancer Society www.cancer.ca

Canadian Diabetes Association www.diabetes.ca

Fibromyalgia www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/ fibromyalgia/

Heart and Stroke Foundation www.heartandstroke.ca

Hypertension Canada www.hypertension.ca/public

Osteoporosis Canada www.osteoporosis.ca

Parkinson Society BC www.parkinson.bc.ca

COPD

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

 

BC Lung Association www.lung.ca
Phone:  604.731.LUNG (5864)
Toll-Free:  1.800.665.LUNG (5864)COPD Clinic – St. Pauls Hospital
Pulmonary rehabilitation, assessment, exercise, education, maintenance/follow-up, smoking cessation, lung function tests.
Phone: 604-806-8818Lung Health Information Line
Phone: 1-866-717-2673Quit Now Care – Help to quit smoking
Phone: 811 in BC and speak to a “Quit Now Care Coach”
www.quitnow.ca
Dealing with Conflict  Insight Approach
http://insightapproach.ca/resources.phpRinger, Judy: Being Heard: Six Strategies for getting your point across.
https:// www.judyringer.com/resources/articles/being-heard-6-strategies-for-getting-your-point-across.php
Dealing with Stress Anxiety BC  www.anxietybc.com

BC Partners for Mental Health and Addiction Information www.heretohelp.bc.ca

Canadian Institute of Stress  www.stresscanada.org

Canadian Mental Health Association  www.cmha.bc.ca

Diabetes BC Diabetes  https://www.bcdiabetes.ca

Canadian Diabetes Association www.diabetes.ca 1-800-BANTING 1-800-226-8464 Email: info@diabetes.ca

Emergency Preparedness BC Provincial Emergency Program: 1-800-663-3456 http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery

Canadian Red Cross: www.redcross.ca

Forest Fire Report: 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on your cell phone

Gas Leaks and Odours (Fortis BC): 1-800-663-9911

Hazardous Materials and Oil Spills 1-800-633-3456.

If the spill is in international waters, please contact 1-800-OILS-911.

Power Outages and Emergencies: 1 800 BCHYDRO (1 800 224 9376) or *HYDRO or (*49376) on your mobile.

Falls Prevention BC Balance and Dizziness Disorders Society: 604-878-8383 & 1-866-780-2233 www.balanceanddizziness.org

BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit: www.injuryresearch.bc.ca

Health and Seniors’ Information Line: 1-800-465-4911

Financial Literacy Government of Canada https://www.canada.ca/en/services/finance.html

Seniors BC https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/family-social-supports/seniors /

Frauds & Scams BC Centre for Elder Advocacy and Support: 604-437-1940 or 1-866-437-1940

Better Business Bureau of BC: 604-682-2711 www.mainlandbc.bbb.org

Canadian Antifraud Centre: 1-888-495-8501 www.antifraudcentre.ca

Canada Revenue Agency: 1-800-267- 2384 www.cra-arc.ca/charities

Credit Counselling Society of BC: 1- 888-527-8999 https://nomoredebts.org

Get  Your Credit Report

Dial-A-Law: 604-687-4680 or 1-800- 565-5297 www.dialalaw.org

Lawyer Referral Service: 604-687- 3221 or 1-800-663-1919

Legal Services Society:  604-408-2172 or 1-866-577-2525

Phone Busters: 1-888-495-8501 www.phonebusters.com

RCMP Victim Services: Call your local detachment or 1-800-563-0808

ScamBusters: www.scambusters.org

Healthy Eating for Seniors Canada’s Food Guide: www.food-guide.canada.ca    This guide is now available in many languages.

https://www.canada.ca/content/dam/hc-sc/documents/services/canada-food-guide/resources/stakeholder-toolkit/canada-food-guide-presentation-eng.pdf

Healthy Eating for Seniors Handbook:1-800-465-4911 for bulk copies. It may also be available at your local heath authority, hospital or seniors’ centre.

You can download a copy here:  https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/family-social-supports/seniors/health-safety/active-aging/healthy-eating/healthy-eating-for-seniors-handbook

Hearing Health in Older Adults Canadian Hard of Hearing Association: www.chha.ca

College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of BC:
www.cshhpbc.org

Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC): www.sac-oac.ca

Western Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing:  604-736-7391 Email: info@widhh.com
Web: www.widhh.com

Housing and the Care Continuum Assisted Living Registrar   www.gov.bc.ca/assistedlivingresidences

  • Lower Mainland 604-714-3378
  • Victoria 250-952-1369
  • Toll Free 1-866-714-3378

     Contact your local Health Authority for details with regard to Assisted Living and/or Residential Care

  • Fraser Health: 604-587-4600 or 1-877-935-5669
  • Vancouver Coastal Health: 604-736-2033 or 1-866-884-0888
  • Vancouver Island Health: 250-862-4200
  • Northern Health: 250-565-2649

BC Housing www.bchousing.org

Caring for Yourself While you Care for Others  https://www.comfortkeepers.com/family-caregiver-study/

SAFER 604-433-2218 or 1-800-257-7756 www.bchousing.org/safer

Senior Services Society – a directory of province-wide housing options for seniors 604-520-6621 http://www.seniorsservicessociety.ca/

Thinking about Aging in Place https://www.canada.ca/content/dam/esdc-edsc/documents/corporate/seniors/forum/place.pdf

Hypertension Hypertension Canada  www.hypertension.ca
Identifying Addiction BC Alcohol and Drug Information and Referral Service provides 24/7 service and includes free multilingual assistance
Toll Free: 1-800-663-1441 Greater Vancouver: 604-660-9382BC Centre on Substance Abuse has resources and information for the addicted person, for their family and for caregivers.
Web: www.bccsu.caBC Partners for Mental Health and Substance Use:

Canadian Gambling Addiction Helpline www.carbc.ca

The Problem Gambling Help Line Toll Free: 1-888-795-6111 (available 24/7) www.bcresponsiblegambling.ca 

Keeping Seniors Safe To Report Elder Abuse or Neglect Cases:  All numbers are Toll Free

  • Vancouver Coastal Health & Providence Health Care 1-877-732-2899 vchreact.ca/report.htm
  • Fraser Health 1-877-732-2808 http://www.fraserhealth.ca/health-info/ health-topics/adult-abuse-and-neglect/adult- abuse-and-neglect
  • Island Health viha.ca/abuse
    • South Island: 1-888-533-2273
    • Central Island: 1-877-734-4101
    • North Island: 1-866-928-4988
  • Interior Health 1-844-870-4754 interiorhealth.ca/reportabuse
  • Northern Health 1-844-465-7414 northernhealth.ca

To Report Financial Abuse Cases

  • General Inquiries 1-800-663-7867 trustee.bc.ca
  • Assessment and Investigation 1-877-511-4111
  • Financial Abuse Prevention Sources

Seniors Abuse & Information Line (SAIL) 604-437-1940 1-866-437-1940 A safe place to discuss mistreatment and receive information

 

Seniors’ Distress Line [24-hour service] 1-800-784-2433 www.crisiscentre.bc.ca  Confidential, multilingual phone service that offers immediate emotional support

Victim LINK 24-hour service 1-800-563-0808 www.victimlinkbc.ca  Confidential, multilingual phone service that offers immediate crisis support

Other Resources

 BC Ombudsperson 1-800-567-3247 www.bcombudsperson.ca  Receives inquiries & complaints about public agencies

Lawyer Referral Service 604-687-3221 1-800-663-1919 www.cbabc.org/ For-the-Public/Lawyer- Referral-Service which provides contact information for lawyers by region and specialty. Some fees apply.

Office of Assisted Living Registrar 1-866-714-3378 www.health.gov.bc.ca/assisted Information & assistance about assisted living residences, health & safety

Office of the Seniors’ Advocate 1-877-952-3181
www.seniorsadvocatebc.ca  Offers a wide range of Seniors’ information & referrals

People’s Law School 604-331-5400 www.publiclegaled.bc.ca  Offers public legal information & resources, publications and workshops

Society of Notaries Public of BC 1-800-663-0343 www.notaries.bc.ca Provides directory of notaries

Knowing your Bladder The Canadian Continence Foundation http://www.canadiancontinence.ca/

Canadian Nurse Continence Advisors  http://www.cnca.ca/resources

Life without Driving Better at Home http://www.betterathome.ca/

Senior Drivers BC  https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/transportation/driving-and-cycling/roadsafetybc/medical-fitness/seniors Information about driving, road safety, medical fitness and more

CAA Assess and Maintain your driving skills. https://www.caa.ca/driving-safely/senior-drivers/assess-maintain-your-driving-skills/#assess-your-driving-skills

Medication Awareness Aging and Drugs [Merck Manual]  www.merckmanuals.com

Drug Use Among Seniors in Canada (2016)  https://www.cihi.ca/sites/default/files/document/drug-use-among-seniors-2016-en-web.pdf

Medicine and You: A Guide for Older Adults www.fda.gov/drugs/resourcesforyou/

Medication Use in Canada by Seniors https://www.camh.ca/en/health-info/guides-and-publications/medication-use-in-older-adults

Memory and Aging Alzheimer’ Society of Canada  1-800-936-6033  https://alzheimer.ca

BC Alzheimer’s Resources https://www.alzheimers.net/resources/

Dementia – Seniors First BC  http://seniorsfirstbc.ca/forprofessionals/dementia/

Help Guide – Memory Loss and Aging https://www.helpguide.org/articles/alzheimers-dementia-aging/age-related-memory-loss.htm

Memory and Aging https://www.apa.org/pi/aging/memory-and-aging.pdf

Community Care Services in B.C. provide information on care options and costs, who pays for care, eligibility requirements and how to arrange care  https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/family-social-supports/seniors/home-community-care

Memory, Forgetfulness and Aging: What’s Normal and What’s Not [2020]
https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/memory-forgetfulness-and-aging-whats-normal-and-whats-not

Mental Health Alzheimer Society of B. C. 604-681-8651 or 1-800-936-6033 www.alzheimerbc.org

BC Mental Health and Addiction Service: 604-524-7000 www.bcmhas.ca

Canadian Mental Health Association 604-688-3234 www.cmha.ca

Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health: 416-785-2500 www.ccsmh.ca

Crisis Line Association of BC 310-6789 http://www.crisislines.bc.ca/

Here to Help BC  focuses on supporting efforts to support those suffering with mental health issues either in themselves or someone they care about. http://www.heretohelp.bc.ca

Navigating the Emergency Department 8-1-1 or www.healthlink.ca for across the province information about symptom checks and to make connections with other resources

  • For Deaf and Hearing-Impaired call 7-1-1

9-1-1 for Ambulance, Fire and Police

Patient Voices Network https://bcpsqc.ca/advance-the-patient-voice/ 

Navigating the Health Care System BC Services Card provides access to all health/medical care in BC. Subsidies are available. To see if you qualify go to: https://extranet.gov.bc.ca/forms/gov/health/msppa.html

BC Hospice and Palliative Care www.bchpca.org and https://palliativecare.med.ubc.ca/

Community Health Authorities

  • First Nations Health: 604.693.6500 Toll free: 1.866.913.0033
  • Fraser Health: Toll Free:1-855-412-2121
  • Interior Health: 250-469-7070
  • Northern Health: 250-565-2999

Toll free: 1-866-565-2649

  • Vancouver Coastal Health and Providence Health Care: 604-263-7377

Vancouver Island Health

  • North Island: Toll Free: 1-866-928-4988
  • Central Island: Toll Free: 1-877-734-4101
  • South Island: Toll Free: 1-888-533-2273

For other regions

COVID Clinic: 1-844-645-7811 Also, province-wide non-medical information line: 888-COVID19 (888-268-4319)

Virtual Health: 1-800-314-0999

Chronic Disease Management Groups: Services are offered in English, Punjabi, and Chinese.

Chronic Disease Management at University of Victoria:

College of Physicians and Surgeons
www.cpsbc.ca

Emergency Services
http://www.bcehs.ca/

Health Insurance BC

 Pharmacare https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/health-drug-coverage/pharmacare-for-bc-residents

Walk-in Clinics: To find a Walk-in Clinic use this site: https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/services-and-resources/find-services

Osteoarthritis Arthritis Answers Line:  604-875-5051 or 1-800-321-1433

 Arthritis Society www.arthritis.ca/bc

Arthritis Foundation (resources)  www.arthritis.org

Osteoarthritis and Exercise: This short, interactive lesson teaches you more about OA
https://www.mcmasteroptimalaging.org/e-learning/mobility

Osteoporosis Canadian Menopause Society www.sigmamenopause.com

Health and Bone: Osteoporosis Treatment and Prevention www.healthandbone.ca

Osteoporosis Canada www.osteoporosis.ca

Palliative Care Canadian Virtual Hospice www.virtualhospice.ca

Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association www.chpca.net  1-800-668-2785

BC Hospice Palliative Care Association www.bchpca.org  1-877-410-6297 

Parkinson’s Disease Parkinson Society BC – for information, resources, and support www.parkinson.bc.ca

  • 604-662-3240 Toll Free:1-800-668-3330

Parkinson’s Society Canada www.parkinson.ca  1-800-565-3000 

Pedestrian Safety 9 – 1 – 1 For police, firemen, or ambulance in case of emergency

2 – 1 – 1 For information on community, social, or Government services in your area.

Pensions and Tax Options Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)
www.cra-arc.gc.ca
Employment and Social Development Canada
www.hrsdc.gc.caBritish Columbia (Revenue Division)
www.sbr.gov.bc.caHuman Resources and Skills Development Canada
www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/home.shtmlService Canada
www.servicecanada.gc.ca for formsTax Tips
https://www.taxtips.ca/
Tips for Seniors on Tax
https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/news/newsroom/tax-tips/tax-tips-2021/seniors-tips-help-tax-season.htmlTax Information Phone Service (TIPS)
Automated Tax Information Phone Service (TIPS): 1-800-267-6999. Before you call, go to Authentication to know what information you should have on hand.
Personal Planning Overview Alzheimer’s Association has a wide selection of information on Personal Planning. For more information and forms visit the: Alzheimer’s Association Website  Phone 1-800-936-6033

Body Donation  https://cps.med.ubc.ca/bodyprogram/
If you want to donate your body to science contact the Body Donation Program in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. It has been in service since 1950. This is the best way to record your decisions to be an organ donor and ensures that health care providers have access to your confidential donor information.

–          Their telephone number is 604-822-2578.

Organ Donation

–          Being a living organ donor, or donating your organs after you die, can help save lives and improve quality of life.

–          Register with the BC Transplant Organ Registry

http://www.transplant.bc.ca/our-services/organ-donor-registry/register-your-decision

Phone: 604-877-2240
Toll free: 1-800-663-6189
Email: info@bct.phsa.ca​​

The Public Guardian and Trustee (PGT) provides a range of services to adults who may need help managing their affairs as well as to their families.

BC Centre for Palliative Care provides information and links for Advance Care Planning Resources. https://bc-cpc.ca/cpc/

Clicklaw offers one-stop access to legal information, education and help for British Columbians from trusted organizations.
https://www.clicklaw.bc.ca/

My Voice http://www.health.gov.bc.ca/library/publications/year/2013/MyVoice-AdvanceCarePlanningGuide.pdf Download a copy of this booklet or ask your Health Authority for a print copy.

NIDUS Personal Planning Resource Centre and Registry provides information and the opportunity to register your Representation Agreements. nidus.ca Telephone: 604- 408-7414, Toll free: 1-877-267- 5552, Fax: 604-801-5506 Email: info@nidus.ca

The Public Guardian and Trustee (PGT) provides a range of services to adults who may need help managing their affairs as well as to their families. For more information and forms visit: http://www.trustee.bc.ca/services/servi c es-to-adults/Pages/personal- planning.aspx

The following are some resources available from the Public Legal Guardian Website:

–          It’s Your Choice – Personal

Planning Tools

–          Consent to Health Care

–          How you can help

–          Neglect and Self Neglect

–          Protecting Adults From Abuse

Substitute Decision Makers Authorized by the PGT

–          Fact Sheet – Fostering Independence and Decision Making

–          Services to Adults Assessment and Investigation Services

–          When the Public Guardian and Trustee is Committee

Power of Attorney Law Students’ Legal Advice Program:   604-822-5791 Law Students’ Legal Advice Program Clinics,

–          Law students from the University of British Columbia offer free legal help with some legal matters.

Legal Services Society Call Centre answers legal questions and directs people to information or services that can help solve their legal problems. They do not give legal advice.

–          Lower Mainland: 604-408-2172, Toll-free: 1-866-577-2525

Ministry of the Attorney General

–    Ministry of Attorney General  provides information about planning for incapacity, including an enduring power of attorney form.

NIDUS

–          Nidus Personal Planning Resource Centre and Registry provides detailed information about planning for incapacity, including a enduring power of attorney form. It also provides the opportunity to register your Representation Agreements. Email them at: info@nidus.ca

People’s Law School:  has a number of free booklets on their website or call 604-331-5400

https://www.peopleslawschool.ca/publications

  • Being an Executor
  • Power of Attorney
  • Preparing your Will.
  • Work It Out pages offer in-depth, step-by-step guidance for dealing with a legal problem from start to finish.

Public Guardian and Trustee: The office can investigate the misuse of a power of attorney where the adult has become mentally incapable and can become trustee of people’s finances if no one else is willing.

Phone: 604-660-4444

Self Counsel Press publishes do-it-yourself guides on legal topics for BC, including a Power of Attorney Kit. https://www.self-counsel.com

Societies of Notaries Public of BC

Society of Notaries Public of BC  Offers a list of notaries in British Columbia.
Lower Mainland: 604-681-4516, Toll-free: 1-800-663-0343

Representation Agreement Access Pro Bono:  Volunteer lawyers provide free legal advice to qualifying persons who cannot obtain legal aid or afford a lawyer. Lower Mainland: 604-878-7400, Toll-free: 1-877-762-6664

Alzheimer Society of BC provides information and support to families, individuals, and caregivers to alleviate the personal and social consequences of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.  Alzheimer Society of BC

Clicklaw offers one-stop access to legal information, education and help for British Columbians from trusted organizations. www.clicklaw.bc.ca

Law Students’ Legal Advice Program Clinics   Law Students’ Legal Advice Program Clinics  Law students from the University of British Columbia offer free legal help with some legal matters. 604-822-5791

Ministry of Attorney General provides information about planning for incapacity.  Ministry of Attorney General

Public Guardian and Trustee of BC:  The office can investigate where the adult has become mentally incapable and can become trustee of people’s finances if no one else is willing.

–          Call: 604-660-4444

–          Public Guardian and Trustee of BC

NIDUS

Self-Counsel Press  Self Counsel Press  publishes do-it-yourself guides on legal topics for BC.

Society of Notaries Public of BC  Society of Notaries Public of BC  offers a list of notaries in British Columbia.

–          Lower Mainland: 604-681-4516, Toll-free: 1-800-663-0343

Safety in the Home BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit
www.injuryresearch.bc.caBC Injury Research and Prevention Unit – Seniors’ Falls Prevention
www.injuryresearch.bc.ca/quick-facts/seniorsfalls-prevention/Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB)

Government of Canada – Home Safety Tips
www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/home-safety.html

The Safe Living Guide – A Guide to Home Safety for Seniors
The booklet includes checklists for future safety in and around your home.
www.publichealth.gc.ca/seniors

Skin Conditions BC Cancer Agency
Web: www.bccancer.bc.ca
Phone: 1-800-663-3333
Sleep Canadian Sleep Society Phone: 514-509-2113  www.css-scs.ca

How to get a good night’s sleep without medication [from Geriatric Health and Aging, University of Montreal Hospital]
www.criugm.qc.ca/fichier/pdf/Sleep_brochure.pdf

National Sleep Foundation (US) Sleep Facts & Information www.sleepfoundation.org/primary-links/how-sleep-works

Sleep Disorder Brochures www.css-scs.ca/resources/brochures

Sleepwell  www.mysleepwell.ca  Information to help people manage insomnia without relying on sleeping pills.

Social Connectedness 2-1-1 For information about community services
8-1-1 or www.healthlinkbc.ca for information on medical services.
Big Brothers Big Sisters Between Generations Program
www.bbbslangley.comHandi-Dart information 604-953-3680

Local Community Centres

Office of the Ombudsperson investigates unfair treatment by the provincial government
Phone: 1-800-567-3247
Web: www.bcombudsperson.ca

Office of the Seniors’ Advocate
Phone: 1-877-952-3181
www.seniorsadvocatebc.ca

Translink
www.translink.bc.ca for schedules and services

Volunteer Opportunities
www.govolunteer.ca

Stroke and TIA Heart and Stroke Foundation
www.heartandstroke.ca/stroke
Technology and Aging Connected Canadians
Helping older adults in their network develop digital literacy skills.
www.connectedcanadians.ca/
Vision Health Health Canada Seniors and Aging – Vision Care
Phone: 1-866-225-0709
Web: www.hc-sc.gc.caCanadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB)
www.cnib.ca

The Canadian Ophthalmological Society: Eye Conditions, Disorders and Treatments
www.cos-sco.ca/visionhealth-information/conditions

Wills and Estate Planning Access Pro Bono: Volunteer lawyers provide free legal advice to qualifying persons who cannot obtain legal aid or afford a lawyer. Lower Mainland: 604-878-7400, Toll-free: 1-877-762-6664  http://accessprobono.ca

 BC Vital Statistics Agency: 604-660-2937 or 1-800-876-1633

Dial-A-Law: 604-687-4680 or 1-800-565-5297

Lawyer Referral Services  Lawyer Referral Service  offers referrals to lawyers who can provide up to a half-hour consultation for $25. Lower Mainland: 604-687-3221, Toll-free: 1-800-663-1919.

People’s Law School
Phone: 604-331-5400
Web: www.peopleslawschool.ca/publications

  • A Death in your Family – 16-page booklet from People’s Law School; revised in 2017 Preparing your Will Power of Attorney
  • Being an Executor
  • Death Checklist: What To Do When Someone Dies [ 16 page booklet]
  • Power of Attorney
  • Work It Out pages offer in-depth, step-by-step guidance for dealing with a legal problem from start to finish.

Self Counsel Press
Do-it-yourself guides and kits for legal topics for BC, including wills, probate forms and a Power of Attorney Kit.
Available at many public libraries, bookstores and legal stationary stores.
Web: https://www.self-counsel.com