The Good Samaritan Society, a Lutheran Social Service Organization, is a not-for-profit, registered charity with over 65 years of experience providing specialized health and community care services in innovative and caring environments.
By Kevin Heaman, Grant Coordinator, Good Samaritan Head Office
Residents and staff at Good Samaritan Canada’s care homes in British Columbia have been experiencing upgrades to equipment and furnishings in their residences! Returning for the fourth time, the BC Care Providers Association awarded a combined total of $346,460 of EquipCare Funding to bring vital infection control, safety, and quality-of-life items to all of our BC care homes. This was a significant increase from previous rounds of funding, and Good Samaritan Canada was able to fully utilize this opportunity to support our residents’ lives in a positive way.
Thanks to these awarded fund, we were able to purchase an assortment of equipment, furniture, and other essential items for GSC’s eight residences in BC. Some of these purchases included cottage blinds at both Good Samaritan Heron Grove and Good Samaritan Hillside Village, a bathing tub at Good Samaritan Village by the Station, a pergola for the patio at Good Samaritan Victoria Heights, Floor Lifts at Good Samaritan Delta View.
EquipCare BC funding is provided by the British Columbia Care Providers Association (BCCPA), funded in-turn by the B.C. Ministry of Health. Since April 2020, they have helped care home operators purchase over 3 million new items including medical screening and respiratory devices, beds and mattresses, over-bed tables, shower chairs and tubs, mobility equipment, lighting and visual aids, sensory rooms, music therapy, ergonomic furniture, and more. These tools also improved conditions for the physical and mental health of our hard-working staff.