Providing support for Elders and chronic care patients
The SSHS Positive Action Program was designed to help chronic care patients and Elders meet their health and well-being needs. The program focuses on providing the option of escorted transportation to and from appointments and/or surgeries within, and beyond, the Sea-to-Sky Corridor for people in both of these groups. transportation for medical appointments is also available to other community members when, and if, requests can be accommodated by staff schedules.
The Positive Action Program’s Elders Liaison Workers, Frankie Jim and Sally Peters, not only provide up to 350 hours per month direct services that address the health and wellness needs of Elders, they also address issues of social isolation and practical day-to-day considerations such as grocery pick-up. Both members of the St̓át̓imc community, Jim and Peters developed the Elder support aspect of the program to address the unique needs of Elders. Embracing a core value of flexibility, the workers engaged directly with clients and their caregivers to ensure efficiency of service delivery.
Positive Action services
- Friendly home visits
- Shopping assistance
- Appointment transportation
- Escorted transportation
- Wood chopping
- Snow removal
Positive Action Team
Elders Liaison Worker, Frankie Jim, is committed to meeting the unique needs of Elders.He is a proud member of the Líl̓wat Nation and one of the youngest fluent Stl'atl'imx language speakers,
While his clients keep him busy weekdays, he says it’s a pleasure working with the Elders as he learns so much by spending time with them and conversing in the Stl’atl’imx language, which males for positive and uplifting communication..Frankie helps with transportation to medical appointments, assists with shopping and provides weekly visits to his clients. s/shopping or doing weekly visits.
Sally Peters started working with SSHS April 2014 as an Elders Liaison Worker. Sally visits the Elders on non-travel days and also picks up medication for any community members that need prescription medication. She also drives elders to their appointments, including ones that necessitate and overnight stay, in Pemberton, Whistler, Squamish and Vancouver. Sally also assists in making arrangements for appointments. She commits several hours a week to patient travel and shopping assistance. Sally has experience with dementia and Alzheimer’s patients and recently completed the First Responders certificate through the Red Cross.