Starry Nights purchases $16,000 Nordic wellness chair for long-term care centre

Members of the South Cariboo Health Foundation and the Fischer Place/MIll Site Lodge pose 
with the newly purchased Wellness Nordic Relax Chair.

(Brendan Kyle Juer Photo.)

The chair reclines, rocks, plays music, and has programs for relaxation, anxiety and restlessness

The South Cariboo Health Foundation had a successful Starry Nights fundraiser this year, purchasing a Nordic wellness chair with the proceeds as planned.

The Wellness Nordic Relax Chair, which cost $16,000, was donated to the Fischer Place/Mill Site Lodge (FPMSL) about three weeks ago.

“It’s the only one we have and it’s probably not something we would have been able to have without the foundation,” said Karen Brunoro, manager for long-term services at FPMSL. “It’s a wonderful tool and we’re really pleased to have it.”

The chair, recently made available in North America, is very helpful for residents, particularly those with dementia, said Brunoro.

She said the chair reclines, rocks, plays soothing music and has several programs to help with relaxation, anxiety, and restlessness.

“We’re having great success with it now since we put it to use,” said Brunoro. “The staff love it. They’re finding it really, really helpful in providing care.”

The chair is in use multiple times per day, Brunoro added.

“Right now we’re moving it as we need it, as we only have the one and the four different areas,” she said. “I know our staff would love to have more, but we’re lucky to have this one.”

Just for the Health of It helps hospital

Central GM participated in a big way this spring to raise money for the South Cariboo Health Foundation (SCHF) to make another donation to health care in the community.

SCHF public relations fundraising co-ordinator Brenda Devine says the Just for the Health of It fundraising campaign raised about $5,300 for the SCHF through the generosity of Central GM owner Tom Bachynski, with the community’s support.  Continue reading Just for the Health of It helps hospital

New tub for new care wing at Fischer Place

South Cariboo Health Foundation (SCHF) board members have bought an important and costly piece of health care equipment for 100 Mile House – a bathtub.
SCHF publicity/fundraising co-ordinator Brenda Devine says this Arjo tub, the second of its kind donated by the SCHF in recent years, was placed in a Fischer Place residential care wing at the South Cariboo Health Centre, with the assistance of Interior Health, on
May 15.

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Photo credit 100 Mile Free Press

“It is on the new wing – this ties in with the 14 new beds for Fischer Place that [are opening this spring]. We wanted to do it for that, for the new opening.”
With an assisted bathtub system, residential care aids need only lift an arm before filling the tub, and the resident “just slides in there,” she explains. Continue reading New tub for new care wing at Fischer Place

Hospital gains important intubator

The South Cariboo Health Foundation (SCHF) spring 2016 fundraisers helped the 100 Mile District General Hospital gain an important intubator.

Fundraising co-ordinator Brenda Devine says the GlideScope was purchased with about $26,000 raised by the SCHF in its spring fundraisers, including its “Just for the Health of It” campaign.

The idea was put forward to Central GM owner Tom Bachinsky, who was “very good about” going along with their plan, she explains.

“I asked him if he wouldn’t mind giving us some of the money out of his sales of his cars and his trucks for the month [of April 2016], and he was quite good about doing that.”

Devine says that raised about $6,000 including “top-up” dollars from Bachynski himself, and the rest came from other 2016 fundraising and donations.

Hospital chief of staff Dr. Gordon Hutchinson says when SCHF heard he was going down to take a medical airway management course at the annual St. Paul’s Emergency Medicine Update Conference in Whistler, the SCHF asked him if he would choose the appropriate video laryngoscope for the hospital.

Continue reading Hospital gains important intubator

Studio 2 Studio scheduled for Sept. 10

1a Neil Pinkett
Photo credit 100 Mile Free Press

Neil Pinkett will be one of the 11 artists on the Studio 2 Studio self-guided art tour through the 108 Mile Ranch on Sept. 10. The gifted artist will be providing 25 per cent of the paintings he sells as a donation to the South Cariboo Health Foundation.(file photo)

Fourth annual self-guided art tour featuring 11 artists

By Melissa Smalley

A fundraiser for the South Cariboo Health Foundation next month will give art lovers an up-close-and-personal look at the work of some of the region’s most talented artists.

The Studio 2 Studio self-guided art tour Sept. 10 will feature 11 artists at seven home studios at 108 Mile Ranch.

Participants can stop in, browse the artists’ work and even make a purchase that will help towards a worthy cause. Continue reading Studio 2 Studio scheduled for Sept. 10