Individual Pursuits

We envision a community of inclusion, where all persons can communicate and achieve their hopes and dreams and are recognized as valued members of our community.

 

What's New?


Vaccine Mandate ordered for CLBC-funded agencies
Nov 23, 2021 at 12:54 PM

The Provincial Health Officer (PHO) has ordered that staff in all CLBC-funded agencies be fully vaccinated no later than Jan 14, 2022, and must have received their first vaccine dose on or before Dec 10, 2021. This applies to Individual Pursuits and therefore we have issued these instructions to our staff members.

As the majority of our staff are already fully vaccinated, we are hopeful that service levels will be unaffected although some disruption is possible. We will communicate directly with caregivers if there are any changes to service that will affect their resident/family member.

We will share further information as things develop. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our Program Manager, Shawn Hart (shawn.hart@individualpursuits.com).

Day program holiday schedule
Nov 13, 2021 at 12:32 PM

The Individual Pursuits Day Program will be closed on Dec 27th, Dec 28th and Jan 3rd (in lieu of Dec 25, 26 and Jan 1st). We will remain open all other days surrounding the Christmas season. This applies to all community inclusion services, including home-based/satellite services.

If you choose to keep your family member/resident home for any days in addition to these statutory holiday closures, please ensure that you inform the day program at 250-995-9351 as soon as possible so we can plan accordingly.

Day program re-opening on Oct 4th
Sep 29, 2021 at 1:51 PM

Hello all, just a reminder that the Individual Pursuits Day Program will be re-opening as planned on Monday, Oct 4, 2021. There have been no additional Covid cases related to staff or persons served at the program.

Day program Closure
Sep 18, 2021 at 10:26 AM

We regret to inform you that, by order of the health authority, the Individual Pursuits Day Program must remain closed until Monday, Oct 4, 2021, due to a Covid-19 exposure in the workplace. We have also been instructed to not provide alternate services (satellite or home-based service) for the duration of the closure.

We realize how much of an inconvenience this is to many, both the persons we serve and their families and caregivers. Unfortunately, the health authority insists that this is an order, not just a suggestion or recommendation, and we have no choice but to comply.

Persons served at the day program do not need to isolate or quarantine but should be monitored for symptoms nonetheless.

If there is further news of this situation, we’ll share that as appropriate.

Covid exposure at the day program on Monday, Sep 13th
Sep 15, 2021 at 7:41 PM

The day program will be closed to clients on Thursday and Friday, Sep 16th and 17th. Staff who have not been ordered to isolate and are symptom-free are to report to work to help with cleaning and admin duties.

And please note that any staff or persons served at the day program on Friday the 10th and Monday the 13th may be contacted by VIHA contact tracing in the days to come.

COVID-19 Update #7
Jun 18, 2020 at 11:42 PM

Re-opening of the day program is planned for Jul 6, 2020

The Joint Health and Safety Committee is asking for your input in order to finalize our Covid-19 Phase 2 safety planning. The latest draft of our new policies is available for viewing here. Our current plan is to re-open the day program, with some restrictions, on July 6th.

The general plan to re-open:

  1. solicit feedback on the new policies from staff members, clients and caregivers
  2. work with each caregiver to determine exactly what amount of service will be required
  3. finalize policies on restrictions and additional precautions and share the final versions with all persons served, caregivers and staff members.
  4. review new policies and procedures with CLBC
  5. finalize the schedule up to Aug 1, 2020.
  6. train staff on new policies and procedures
  7. re-open on Jul 6, 2020

handyDART service accepted at the day program again

During our Phase 1 precautions, we made the determination that travelling via public transit, including handyDART, was too risky for persons served to use for day program purposes (to/from or during). With the additional procedures recently implemented by handyDART, we are now open to accepting persons served travelling to and from program via this method.

COVID-19 Update #6
May 27, 2020 at 10:35 AM

On Tuesday, May 26th, we participated in a conference call with CLBC to provide information for service providers as we look to re-open services. While CLBC is still working on guidelines for service providers, it seems clear their direction will be to let service providers, in conjunction with persons served, workers and caregivers, determine what safety precautions are necessary to provide service to individuals on a case-by-case basis.

CLBC indicated they will provide more concrete information in the days to come, some possibly by the end of the week.

If you are interested in learning more, CLBC is conducting a teleconference for self-advocates and families:

When: Thursday, May 28, 2020
Time: 10:05 AM - 11:00 AM

How to call in:
Vancouver: 604-681-0260
Elsewhere: 1-877-353-9184
Paricipant Code: 37568#

Due to the large number of participants, it's recommended that you start dialing in by 9:50 AM.

You are invited to submit questions in advance about recovery planning to clbcinfo@gov.bc.ca by 4 PM on Wednesday, May 27, using the words "COVID Recovery Questions" in the subject line.

For background, you can also read about the government's plan to restart the province safely, here.

COVID-19 Update #5
May 15, 2020 at 6:40 PM

A brief update on the topic of BC's recovery phase and the easing of Covid-19 related restrictions and a re-opening of the day program:

Until we receive direction from the community inclusion steering group (which includes CLBC), we are continuing with our current practice of keeping the program facility closed and only providing remote (home-based) support for persons that have reqested it. There are a number of high-level meetings happening next week that we're hoping will provide some direction to community inclusion programs like ours for how to proceed with re-opening. We should know more by Wednesday or Thursday.

However, trying to be pro-active, our Health and Safety Committee spent time this week working on measures we feel we'll likely need to implement when we do re-open, such as:

  • Restricting the number of persons served at the day program facility. This will likely be accomplished by continuing to offer remote service to some persons served combined with (if needed) rotating support days. We haven't made any final decisions on exactly how many persons we can support at one time at the program.
  • Determining what PPE will be mandatory for staff and even persons served where feasible.
  • Whether we want to begin on-arrival screening for signs of cold/flu-like symptoms (incl. taking temperature) for all staff and persons served.
  • Developing additional safety plans for persons served who have health or personal care needs that require special consideration.

As more information comes in next week, we'll be better able to formulate concrete plans and share them with everyone. Until then, stay safe and have a nice holiday weekend.

COVID-19 Update #4
May 08, 2020 at 2:08 PM

As the province has recently announced plans to ease some of the Covid-19 restrictions, we thought now would be a good opportunity to let families and caregivers know what we're doing to prepare for the day program service re-opening at some point, and what a re-opening would actually look like.

While provincially-mandated restrictions will ease somewhat in the weeks and months to come, barring any spikes in infection rates, we still need to deal with the fundamental problem of providing safe distancing for staff and participants at the day program. In addition, we need to make sure that safety measures we are putting in place are communicated to all staff, clients and caregivers so we can all work together to help keep ourselves and each other safe.

Starting next week, the plan will be:

  1. Conduct additional/expanded risk assessments following the new provincial guidelines
  2. Write policies and procedures designed to eliminate or at least minimize the identified risks
  3. Determining which participants will be returning to program initially (we know not all caregivers will be comfortable with clients returning to the day program)
  4. Determining how many staff members we will have to meet service needs (some staff may not be able to return right away for various reasons)
  5. Determine timeline for re-opening
  6. Communicate, to all stakeholders, the timeline for re-opening and what the new policies and procedures will be
  7. Train staff on any changes
  8. Communicate relevant policies and procedures to persons served and caregivers.

As we develop new safety practices we will communicate them to staff and caregivers and ask for feedback or concerns. Please don't hesitate to contact Sean Downey at any time to share any concerns you may have. Expect another update next week, have a great weekend and stay safe!

COVID-19 Update #3
Mar 22, 2020 at 12:20 PM

For those families and caregivers who have requested some day support from home, we are currently finishing up the schedule for the upcoming week. This is proving to be quite the juggle, as we are operating with a smaller staff pool due to illness and self-isolation. We're doing the best we can to ensure that all who need it will get at least some weekday support.

Sometime later today, we'll contact caregivers everyone know what the schedule will be for this week. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

COVID-19 Update #2
Mar 16, 2020 at 5:36 PM

Due to the rapidly changing situation with respect to the Covid-19 pandemic, our Joint Health and Safety Committee has decided to shut down the day program effective Mar 17, 2020 (after persons served go home on the 16th).

The initial shutdown will be for two weeks. Within that period of time, we will re-evaluate depending on information provided by provincial health authorities and in-line with what is generally accepted as appropriate for our sector.

While concentrating persons served with staff in the relatively small space of our program facility is clearly the wrong thing to do at this point, we are very much aware of the disruption to the lives of both clients and caregivers we are causing by taking this step. We are currently working on assessing our capability to deliver services in an alternate fashion (i.e. sending staff to work with persons served from their homes).

There are still a number of things to sorted out with respect to offering an alternative to regular day service. From our end, it's things like the number of vehicles and drivers we have available to general availability of staff as people become ill and have to avoid work. From a programming standpoint, there's a big question about what there is to do with everything being shut down; not everyone has six hours of nature-hiking in them, staff or client. From the home's perspective, would a caregiver be comfortable having staff coming to their home and/or using their home for part of the day (i.e. for lunches, rests, changes, etc.).

We should have more information to share about this tomorrow (Mar 17th). We're asking any caregivers who are interested in exploring some type of alternate service to contact Sean Downey.

COVID-19 Update
Mar 12, 2020 at 3:30 PM

Individual Pursuits continues to monitor, via news sources and provincial health authorities, the current situation with respect to the Coronavirus in our area.

In our facilities, we are taking reasonable precautions that are consistent general infection-control procedures. This includes sanitizing work areas, hand-washing and asking staff who feel they may be getting sick to stay home.

We are also emphasizing our standard policy for caregivers to please keep individuals home from program if they showing any signs of a cold/flu-like illness. Additionally, we are asking caregivers to begin to consider contingency plans for individuals should a complete shutdown of the day program be necessary. While we have no current plans to shut down, this seems to become a more likely senario with each passing day.

We will strive to give as much notice to caregivers as we can and will contact each caregiver to let them know.


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