The BC Palliative Care Benefits Program supports BC residents of any age who have reached the end stage of a life-threatening disease or illness and who wish to receive palliative care at home. Any B.C. resident who wishes to receive palliative care at home can ask their physician to assess their medical eligibility for the program and submit an application on their behalf.
"Home" is defined as wherever the person is living, their own home, with family or friends or in a supportive or assisted living or hospice house that is not licensed residential care facility under the PharmaCare Plan.
Under the program, eligible patients receive:
- coverage of medications used in palliative care through the PharmaCare BC Palliative Care Drug Plan, and
- medical supplies and equipment through Interior Health Authority.
- Your physician
- Community Care
- or phone 1-800-663-7100
The Shuswap Region Better At Home Program serves Seniors who live
in the North and South Shuswap, Salmon Arm and surrounding areas, Sicamous,
Malakwa and surrounding areas, Enderby and surrounding areas. Our mandate is
to provide non-medical services to people in these communities so they can stay
in their homes as long as they are able.
It is very important to discuss organ donation with your family so that they know your wishes before you die or become incapable of making the decision. Service BC Centre in Salmon Arm offers citizens the opportunity to register their decision about organ donation. Once someone has registered with Service BC, the information is sent to BC Transplant where it is scanned into a secure computerized database. There are two ways to register for organ donation:
- Online organ donor registry at www.transplant.bc.ca
- A potential donor in Salmon Arm registers using a BC Service Card or Care Card at Service B.C.