Care-Mongering Comes to Lake Country, BC
Updated: Apr 1
Impressed by the offers to help... LCHPS is creating a bridge between community members looking to volunteer and to tentative recipients in need of support ...
Just a few days ago, the word "care-mongering" did not exist. What started as a way to give people willing to help vulnerable people in their communities, "care-mongering" has turned into a movement spreading across Facebook. And we are seeing examples of individuals in Lake Country who are looking for ways to help - but not sure how to get connected to those in need.
Like most organizations, Lake Country Health Planning Society has developed measures to manage services during the current COVID-19 situation. The society put the health and safety of their team and those who we come in contact with as a top priority.
And like you, LCHPS staff are looking for ways to continue to support our community members in need. The most vulnerable members include people without transportation, the elderly living independently, community members in isolation due to health concerns (including possible exposure or sickness), and families with young children; they are at the forefront of all our minds.
"Our people-to-people services are suspended. But we still want to do what we can to support community members in need,"
Both the IGA and Save On Foods in Lake Country have put into place a process that will allow volunteers to pick out and up and deliver groceries to shut in's. Volunteers and recipients will be apprised of the process with LCHPS staff. If the requests for service grow beyond staff capacity - LCHPS will look for volunteers to help meet the demand. LCHPS is creating a bridge between community members looking to volunteer and to recipients requiring support but also may require reassurance or guidance with the process.
"Our people-to-people services are suspended. But we still want to do what we can to support community members in need," says Corinne Remple, Executive Director for LCHPS. "From the moment I started my work here in Lake Country, I was impressed with the community's spirit, and generosity of time and resources. My staff are cut from the same cloth - we are concerned about the effects that fear, isolation and lack of transportation will have on our clients and other individuals in our community who do not have a friend or family member living close by."
"We are concerned about the effects that fear, isolation and lack of transportation will have on our clients and other individuals in our community who do not have a friend or family member living close by."
LCHPS has a network of volunteers who for a number of years have been supporting independent-living older adults with trips to doctor appointments and errands. In response to more recent offers for help and requests for support, LCHPS staff are pulling together two informal lists - one of the volunteers and the other for recipients of service.
Register to be on the volunteer list:
• Place friendly phone calls - every second day would be preferred
• Who will go to the grocery store to pick out/up and deliver the order
Register to be on the recipients' list:
• Receive friendly calls
• Have a volunteer to go to the grocery store to pick out and deliver your order
• Loved ones can refer a family member or friend - consent will be required
Sign up today.
Please press here to access our online service registration form. Our staff will respond as requests come in - your patience is appreciated. If you require further assistance, please call 778 215 5247. Thank you for your support!