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Period 2 EquipCare BC applications to start Sept. 28

The EquipCare BC program begins accepting applications for its Period 2 funding allocations beginning Monday, Sept. 28, 2020.

The $10-million program is a partnership between the Government of British Columbia and the BC Care Providers Association (BCCPA). It was announced on April 4, 2020, and was established to support seniors living in long-term care and assisted-living residences.

“Seniors and residents of long-term care and assisted-living homes are the most vulnerable due to complications associated with COVID-19,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “Our goal is to ensure that both residents and health-care workers are protected to the maximum extent possible.”

In response to B.C.’s emergency COVID-19 response plan, EquipCare BC’s Period 1 funding focused on infection prevention and control (IPC). The application intake for this period ends on Sept. 25.

Period 2 will have IPC items for all assisted-living and long-term care homes primarily serving seniors applying for a second round of funding, with eligible items expanded to improving safety and quality for publicly funded applicants.

Period 1 IPC funds were used to purchase personal protective equipment, including outbreak carts, medical screening devices, mobile hand-hygiene sinks, touchless towel and soap dispensers, environmental cleaning products and safe-handling equipment for food, waste and laundry. 

Funds in Period 2 will open up further eligible items for publicly funded applicants primarily serving seniors, including such items as lifts, beds, urgent-response systems and quality-of-life items, such as snoezelen rooms, sensory equipment, lighting and visual aids, music therapy and ergonomic furniture.

“We are committed to protecting our seniors and Elders during this critical time of COVID-19,” said Ronna-Rae Leonard, Parliamentary Secretary for Seniors. “This program will further equip long-term care and assisted-living residences with the tools to enhance safety measures for seniors and caregivers in these residences.”

Terry Lake, CEO of BCCPA and EngAge BC, said: “We are pleased to be opening a second 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.”

Oversight for EquipCare BC is provided by a group of industry stakeholders and government, including representatives from BCCPA, SafeCare BC, Denominational Health Association and the Ministry of Health. Expert advice in infection prevention and control is also provided by ministry staff.

Quick Facts:

  • In 2019, 20% of B.C.’s population was 65 or over. In 15 years, it is expected to rise to 25%.
  • EquipCare BC expands the mandate and scope of the Seniors Safety Quality Improvement Program (SSQIP).
  • SSQIP funded $10 million of safety and quality improvements to 99% of eligible long-term care operators in B.C.
  • Through the program, operators purchased more than 8,000 new items, including beds and mattresses, shower chairs and tubs, mobility equipment, lighting and visual aids, sensory rooms, music therapy and ergonomic furniture.

Learn More:

To learn more about Period 1 of the EquipCare BC program, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0121-000628

To learn more about the BC Care Providers Association and EquipCare BC, visit: www.bccare.ca

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