Due to circumstances beyond our control, we have to cancel the luncheon at the Legion tomorrow. Our next lunch will be Tuesday, December 13 which will be our special Christmas lunch – hope to see you then! You need reservations for this lunch so please call Caring Circle @ 947-9100 to reserve.
Archive for category: Caring Circle Health Resource Centre
Caring Circle has a broad vision of reaching out to our entire community in as many ways as needed with health and wellness support. In response to feedback from our community, Caring Circle is launching a new program. Caring Circle’s CONNECTIONS Program aims to provide companionship to those on the Island who are seeking social contact and companionship. The volunteers in our CONNECTIONS program will come and visit people in their home to chat, share stories, read, play a game or do a craft, take a walk together, or perhaps be a grand-figure to a family. Perhaps once a week – whatever works for both parties.
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It was an evening of magic, possibility and delightfully frenzied bidding. The biennial KKN auction, this year supporting Caring Circle, ignited Cates Hill Chapel on Saturday evening. The room was festooned with enticing “objects of desire” that just couldn’t be resisted.
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We were told recently that although Bowen Islanders are concerned about health and the provision of health care on the island, that doesn’t necessarily mean that they know anything about the work of Caring Circle. One suggestion to our board, by a local councilor was to make sure Islanders know more about the work we do.
We always feel that we’re talking to our Bowen Community on a regular basis: on the Forum, on Facebook, in the Undercurrent and on our website.
When you’re living and breathing your work, you sometimes assume others are also paying attention. From our viewpoint, there are many Islanders who are having trouble coordinating the health services they need. Caring Circle is reaching out to them in as many ways as we can, providing support. It’s rewarding work and we are told, at least weekly “I can’t thank you enough. This information has made all the difference.” or “thank goodness you’re here to help”.
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Most people are referred to me because they are in distress. However, the majority, especially older folk, also have physical problems which are treated by their family physicians. It is easy to overlook the fact that psychiatric problems characterized by depression, distress, anxiety and so forth, are more often than not accompanied by physical ailments as well. After all, the brain does not function separately from the body and the society that contains it! It may surprise you to learn that many of my patients who are seen for “psychiatric problems” have social issues, care issues and even problems like wound care which have to be managed and coordinated.
It is overwhelming for the family physicians and even more so for myself, working as a solo psychiatrist, to manage such complicating factors. Enter the Caring Circle! The Caring Circle has supported over one thousand people in accessing health care on Bowen Island in the last three years of operations. As well, they have created a driver program, a lunch program, a mental health program, health education workshops and a “conscious aging” series. They are recognized as making a significant difference in improving access to health services on Bowen and increasing the confidence of Islanders to get the health care they need. It is a great relief to me to be able to pick up the phone, speak to their Director of Programs and get quick advice regarding particular services such as home health, drivers, referral to hospital and follow-up after hospital discharge and even issues like on-going home care and other medical support services so diligently carried out by a nurse with expertise in navigating the health system.
It doesn’t matter how many services we have and how many competent people we have if the patient cannot coordinate the care, and I daresay that without the Caring Circle as the fundamental anchor of information, that would in most cases be impossible. Hats off to Colleen O’Neil and the whole Caring Circle team for their diligent work! I also wish to acknowledge and express my thanks to our nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, pharmacists, home care workers as well as our financial supporters for their so necessary involvement. In reality, psychiatric care is comprehensive and multifactorial and without all this help, in effect a team, my work would be impossible and patients would suffer more. We may say that it takes a village, not just one man, to deliver proper psychiatric care to members of the community!
Dr. Stephen Kiraly
Dr. Stephen Kiraly MD, FRCPC is a Director on the Board of the Caring Circle Health & Wellness Society. Clinical Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Kiraly works with the Department of Psychiatry, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia. He’s the founding author of “The Healthy Brain Program” and the book “Your Healthy Brain” written and produced on Bowen Island.
His special interests include psychoneuroendocrinology – how stress, brain cycles and hormones affect health and disease and Community and Preventive Medicine (wellness of the community).
On March 19, 2015 Jordan Sturdy and his constituency assistant Sharon Thompson visited Caring Circle and chatted with Colleen O’Neil, Julia McCaig and Rebecca van der Giessen. They left with a better knowledge of what Caring Circle provides to its community and will be investigating how they could possibly assist us.
Bowen Island Undercurrent
Jan 5, 2014 at 1:00 PM
In the 20 months since its inception, members of the Caring Circle’s Advisory Board have been working vigorously to determine health needs and to facilitate access to health and wellness information on Bowen.
The first initiative was the publication of the Bowen Island Health Resource Guide in March. The idea grew out of a recommendation by the “2009 Age Friendly Report to Council” which stated that Bowen Islanders needed a guide to help them navigate through the complexity of the health system.
In February, Colleen O’Neil, a retired RN, took on the job of health navigator/coordinator to assist people in accessing the health information they require.
Most recently, Caring Circle has been actively participating in the Vancouver Coastal Health’s “My Health, My Community” survey, which is designed to inform the Ministry of Health about gaps in health services.
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As part of the Steamship Days Celebrations Caring Circle will have a table in front of the video store in the square and we’ll be selling the “My Voice – Advance Care Planning Guide” as well as our fridge magnets with contact information. Come and have a chat and we’ll tell you about our exciting plans for health care on Bowen!
Published: June 20, 2013 2:00 PM
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On Saturday, I visited the Caring Circle’s open house. What a wonderful group of thoughtful individuals they are to have created a much needed and necessary resource on Bowen Island. I personally think that it is one of the best things to have happened on Bowen in the seven years that John and I have had the privilege to call Bowen Island our home.
Thank you all, dear Caring Circle volunteers, so very much for being so very great.
“It is one of the best things that has happened on Bowen Island in the past seven years,” was just one of the many positive comments made at the Caring Circle Resource Centre Open House on June 15, 2013.
More than thirty people joined in the celebration. Many provided support for our current initiatives and brought forth additional insights such as the following:
a) addressing accessibility issues on/off the ferry- providing a wheelchair on the car deck to allow transport to the lounge by elevator
b) becoming more familiar with how the ambulance and fire services operate; what they provide and how the dispatch system works
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