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We Can Help You

We know these are challenging times for you and your loved ones and we are here to help. We provide uplifting in-home care that provides connection, purpose and hope while protecting you, our caregivers and the community. Stay at home orders in BC are changing, but it is still important for seniors and high risk populations to remain at home and limit contact with others. As a standard practice, all our caregivers are trained in infection control, and can help keep surfaces clean and disinfected, complete grocery shopping and errands, and provide companionship during these times when our clients need it most.

Managing Multiple Medications

Your pharmacist offers solutions that can help you manage multiple medications. *Synchronized Refill Dates. The quantities of your medication may be adjusted to coordinate refill dates. All medications can be refilled at one time reducing the number of visits to the pharmacy. *Blister packaging to arrange your medications in a weekly or monthly schedule. *Pre-Authorized Refills. Your pharmacy staff will let you know it’s time to renew your medication and provide a date for pick-up. *Extension of Expired Refills. Sometimes a prescription expires before you can see your doctor. Following an assessment, your pharmacist may be able to renew your prescription.

Wellnessnews – Here for You

When times are uncertain and chaotic, seeing something familiar can bring a sense of normalcy. For over three years, we have been bringing solutions to improve your health and well-being. Today, more than ever, it is important for us to continue to do so. We are grateful for our advertisers who continue to support us, the postal workers for delivering the newsletters and you, our readers. Hopefully the day will soon come when we can all breathe out and say, “I did my part to help keep everyone safe”.

We are Here for You

The BC Responsible and Problem Gambling Program continues to provide free services to citizens of British Columbia through this period. We are working to provide virtual options (telephone and videoconferencing) for the delivery of our services, including counselling and outreach support. For more information, please contact the Gambling Support Line at 1.888.795.6111 or email If you need to renew your VSE agreement, please contact BCLC’s Customer Support Centre at 1-866-815-0222. A BCLC Investigator will set new ‘temporary’ agreement renewal and contact you when venues are set to open to obtain your documentation.

Self Care in Trying Times

Today, with changes in our activities and interrupted routines, building self-care into our day to reduce stress becomes even more essential. Some self-care ideas include •Exercise •Practicing deep breathing •Taking a bath •Taking a break from the digital world. Please stay at home as much as possible and practise physical distancing when you go out. At Medicine Shoppe, we take safety very seriously. To allow for extra cleaning, our hours have been temporarily reduced to Mon-Fri 10 – 5 and Sat 10 – 4. We limit customers to two at a time. We also offer free delivery or curbside pick-up.

Coronavirus & Your Mental Health

What should you do if your mental health is suffering during self-isolation? Here are some tips: 1. Maintain routine. It helps to manage anxiety and will help you to adapt more quickly to this current reality. 2. Engage with Nature. Make the most of any private outdoor space you have. Getting sunshine is imperative for a healthy mind. 3. Try something new. Now is a great time to learn how to sew or tackle a DIY project. 4. Limit your news intake. A near-constant stream of news reports about an outbreak can cause anyone to feel distressed. 5. Stay connected. Download a video chat app and have fun chatting with friends and family.


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Home Alone? Who is Checking on You?

This is a challenging time for many as our lifestyles are being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Social Isolation, especially among seniors, is a growing problem and is associated with a number of health risks. Technology can help us stay connected through social media platforms but not everyone has access or ability to use them. The Nanaimo Lifeline Check-In Service offers a daily phone call to those who might not be connected. We provide a friendly chat that gives peace of mind and ensures someone knows you are doing Ok today. When so many people are obliged to stay at home, this could be the ideal time to sign up.

Sleep is Important for Overall Health

Sleep is a foundational component of our health. Sleep is when we regenerate, repair and heal. We age faster if we are not sleeping well. Poor sleep is known to be linked to increases in diabetes, heart disease and neurodegenerative conditions. Sleep issues are often multifactorial. They can be a combination of poor sleep hygiene, side-effects from medication, stress, eating too late, hormone imbalance, over-consumption of stimulants and excess screen time. If you or someone you know is experiencing poor sleep or insomnia, let us help you develop a customized treatment plan and get you back to feeling energetic and fully rested.

Skin Protection for Frequent Hand Washing

Covid-19 has brought to the forefront the importance of proper handwashing. One of the effects of frequent washing is dry hands. Unlike most soap bars and liquid soaps, Feisty Ferdy Silky Soap with organic beeswax and essential oils is gentle and will not strip the natural oils from your skin. Restore balance by rubbing nourishing Farmer’s Friend Hand Balm into your hands after washing. Organic beeswax is anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory. It provides a protective barrier, promotes healing, soothes and moisturizes, leaving your hands smooth and soft. It also helps heal split fingertips, dry cuticles, cuts, scrapes, burns, blisters and more.

Eliminate Pain & Regenerate Joints

To eliminate the pain of any form of musculo-skeletal injury and to regenerate any joint, especially with osteo-arthritic elements; acupuncture and Prolozone injection therapy are my treatment protocols. Each component of Prolozone therapy has a specific biological purpose. Procaine acts to re-establish cellular membrane potentials. Anti-inflammatory agents decrease edema and swelling. The inclusion of vitamins and minerals provides necessary substrates of oxygen utilization that in damaged tissues are often deficient. And finally, oxygen utilization is directly stimulated by ozone. In many cases Prolozone actually corrects the pathology of the disorder, there is a 75% chance for the chronic pain sufferer to
becoming permanently pain free.