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Period 3 EquipCare BC applications underway

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 11:19 PDT, Thu April 1, 2021

The EquipCare BC program is now accepting applications for its Period 3 funding allocation.

The $10-million program is a partnership between the Government of British Columbia and the BC Care Providers Association (BCCPA). 

"We know that seniors and residents of long-term care and assisted-living homes need more supports as they are most vulnerable to complications associated with COVID-19," said Health Minister Adrian Dix. "Through the EquipCare program, we are making sure residents and health-care workers remain protected with enhanced infection prevention and control measures."

Future application periods will include infection and protection control items for all assisted-living and long-term care homes primarily serving seniors, with eligible items expand to improving safety and quality for publicly funded applicants. Funds for future periods will cover more eligible items for publicly-funded applicants primarily serving seniors, including items such as lifts, beds, urgent-response systems and quality-of-life items, such as Snoezelen multi-sensory rooms, sensory equipment, lighting and visual aids, music therapy and ergonomic furniture.

"Protecting seniors and those caring for them is essential, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic," said Mable Elmore, parliamentary secretary for seniors and long-term care. "This program will give long-term care and assisted-living residences more opportunities to be equipped with the tools they need to protect residents and caregivers in these residences."

Terry Lake, CEO of BCCPA and EngAge BC, said, "We are pleased to be opening a third round of funding that continues to support much-needed infection prevention and control resources, and also continue to enhance the safety and quality needs of seniors and those providing care."

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