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Island Health (IH, formerly VIHA)

  • Island Health provides health care to more than 765,000 people on Vancouver Island, the islands of the Georgia Strait, and in the mainland communities north of Powell River and south of Rivers Inlet.
  • IH General Health Enquiries, Health Information Line - 250-388-2273 or 1-888-533-2273

Healthlink BC (Ministry of Health for BC) or call 811

  • With Healthlink BC, British Columbians have trusted health information at their fingertips by phone or web

FETCH (For Everything That's Community Health) Salt Spring Island

  • The Rural and Remote Division of Family Practice and Salt Spring Island Community Services provides a comprehensive listing with the headings of Health Professionals, Social Services, Seniors, Child, Youth, and Family, Community Resources, and Emergency & Safety.

​Senior's Directory

  • This is a handy guide to local (Salt Spring Island) Seniors' services.

Map of Salt Spring Island Senior's Assets

  • This is a visual representation of the senior's resources that are available on Salt Spring Island

Alzheimer Society

  • The Alzheimer Society of B.C. is the only province-wide non-profit organization dedicated to helping people concerned with or facing dementia have the confidence and skills to maintain quality of life.  We're also committed to ensuring public perceptions reflect the real issues, and to securing funding for support and reseach.

Parkinson’s Society

  • Parkinson Society British Columbia is here to help people with Parkinson's and the people who care about them by providing support services including information and resources, education and consultation.


  • CNIB is a registered charity, passionately providing community-based support, knowledge and a national voice to ensure Canadians who are blind or partially sighted have the confidence, skills and opportunities to fully participate in life. 

Canadian Cancer Society

  • The Canadian Cancer Society is a national, community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer.
  • Research shows that about half of all cancers can be prevented, and the Canadian Cancer Society wants to help Canadians make that a reality. The Society has released an interactive online cancer-prevention tool – called It’s My Life!– to help people reduce their risk of cancer. 

​Salt Spring Island Foundation Community Services Needs Survey​​

  • In 2007 the Salt Spring Island Foundation convened a Steering Committee to develop a process to provide the Foundation and other granting organizations with information for making responsible granting decisions Island community service organizations with information for planning programs and services.

​Salt Spring Island Foundation Community Services Needs Survey (June 2012 Update)

  • In 2008 the Salt Spring lsland Foundation conducted a small but focused needs survey of not-for-profit organizations.   This is the update performed in 2012.

​Salt Spring Island Health Review

  • In the summer of 2009, VIHA (now Island Health) determined that a health services review was required for Salt Spring Island.  Here is that report.

Response to Recommendations in Report:  Salt Spring Island Health Services Review

  • The Salt Spring Island Health Services Review was commissioned by Island Health (Vancouver Island Health Authority) in November 2009. The review was carried out by Grant Hollett, Island Health’s Corporate Director for Planning and Community Engagement. This is Island Health's response.

Salt Spring Island - Community Development Findings -- Better at Home

  • Better at Home is a program that helps seniors with simple day-to-day tasks so that they can carry on living independently in their own homes and remain connected to their communities. 

Implementation of Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA) into Hamilton Health Sciences

  • GPA is an evidence-based curriculum established in 2004 that addresses the attitudes, knowledge, and skills of care-giving staff.  It encourages staff to reframe patient behaviour viewed as disruptive and agressive to be interpreted as self-protective or responsive behaviour.  This presentation describes the implementation of GPA into Hamilton Health Sciences centre.

​Senior Friendly Emergency Departments

  • ​Older adults account for a disproportionate share of visits to the Emergency Department (ED), and have more serious illnesses on arrival in the ED relative to all other age groups.  This presentation describes why we need Senior Friendly Emergency Departments, and what makes an ED "Senior Friendly".

The Ontario Senior Friendly Hospital Strategy

  • This presents the preliminary results of an evaluation of Indicators for Hospital-acquired Delirium and Functional Decline.

Virtual Reality Technology in Stroke Rehabilitation:  Ready for Prime Time

  • The purpose of this presentation is show how virtual reality (VR) exercise therapy can be applied to the rehabilitation of the older stroke patient, and to describe the Virtual Reality Rehabilitation After Stroke Study (VRRASS).

​Senior Sensitivity Culture

  • This presentation highlights the need for sensitivity to the needs of the elderly patient in hospital and how staff can use kindness and compassion to transform an institutional, impersonal, and alien setting into one that is truly healing.

Care in Transition

  • ​Transitional care is described as a set of actions to ensure the coordination and continuity of healthcare as people move from one healthcare setting to another.  This presentation describes how the current practice can be updated and improved.

​The Quality Mark:  Senior Friendly Hospitals in the Netherlands

  • ​This presentation describes the process of applying the "Quality Mark" to innovative hospital care in the Netherlands, including the "5 C's":  Complication prevention, Coach and Familycare, Continuity of Care, Construction (building), and Communication.

Adapting Current Physical Environments and Making Them Senior Friendly

  • ​This presentation shows how it is possible to adapt the current physical environment of hospitals and healthcare facilities to respect and respond to the normal changes with aging, and prevent functional decline and other hospital related harm.

Proposed transit service changes and accessible transit options for Salt Spring Island residents

  • ​A  Service Review has been conducted collaboratively by the Capital Regional District, the Salt Spring Island Transportation Commission and BC Transit. Check out the BC Transit website (link above) for options and priorities for the system.