South Okanagan Similkameen

Community Resources
Health

Medical Organizations and Services

Advance Care Planning: My Voice

Expressing your wishes and instructions

for future health care treatment. By

planning ahead, you will have a voice

in your future decisions. Every capable

adult should make an advance care

plan. Download the provincial Advance

Care Planning Guide and workbook...

www.seniorsbc.ca/legal/healthdecisions

 

Alcohol & Drug Information &

Referral Service

Certified information and referral

specialists respond to enquiries on all

aspects of alcohol and drug use and

misuse. 24/7 multilingual service

1.800.663.1441

 

Allergy / Asthma Information

Association

Improve quality of life for those affected

by allergy, asthma and anaphylaxis

www.aaia.ca

4730 Redridge Road, Kelowna

250.764.7507

1.877.500.2242

 

ALS Society of British Columbia

To meet physical & emotional needs of

ALS patients and their caregivers

www.alsbc.ca

1233-13351 Commerce Pkwy, Richmond

1.800.708.3228

 

Alzheimer Society of BC

Exists to alleviate the personal and social

consequences of Alzheimer’s disease

and related dementias

www.alzheimerbc.org

South Okanagan & Similkameen

Alzheimer Resource Centre

104-35 Backstreet Blvd., Penticton

250.493.8182 1.888.318.1122

1.800.936.6033 Dementia Helpline

 

Arthritis Society

Committed to excellence and leadership

in research, care, education and

advocacy for persons with arthritis

www.arthritis.ca

1.800.321.1433 Answers Line

• Penticton Arthritis Service

Penticton Regional Hospital

550 Carmi Avenue

250.492.4000 ext. 2286

 

BC Brain Injury Association

Provide a voice to promote a better

quality of life for those with acquired

brain injury: educate, prevent, support

www.brainstreams.ca

1.877.858.1788 Maple Ridge

 

BC Cancer Agency Sindi Ahluwalia

Hawkins Centre for Southern Interior

Centre of cancer research, education,

prevention, diagnosis and treatment

399 Royal Avenue, Kelowna

www.bccancer.bc.ca

250.712.3900 1.888.563.7773

• Screening Mammography

Information on the province’s breast

screening program for women 40 to 79

www.smpbc.ca

 

Penticton Regional Hospital

250.770.7573 Medical Imaging

1.800.663.9203 Book your screening

 

BC Epilepsy Society

Provides information and referral,

support services to people with epilepsy

www.bcepilepsy.com

604.875.6704 Vancouver

www.epilepsy.ca

1.877.734.0873 Toronto

• Center for Epilepsy & Seizure

Education in British Columbia

Providing support, education,

information for those with epilepsy

www.epilepsy.cc

32868 Ventura Avenue, Abbotsford

1.866.EPILEPSY

 

BC Lung Association

Comprehensive information on lung

diseases. Penticton Better Breathers

Club meetings have been suspended -

check web site for updates

www.bc.lung.ca

1.800.665.5864 for more information

 

BC Schizophrenia Society

Community based association of people

who volunteer their time to help improve

those with serious mental illness & their

families. Support and education. Check

web site for support group information

www.bcss.org

205 Martin Street, Penticton

250.493.7338 10 am-2 pm Mon-Fri

 

BC Seniors’ Guide

Compilation of information & resources

to help us all plan for and live healthy

lifestyles as we age. Sections on

benefits, health, housing, transportation,

finances, safety & security. You can

download/print, read it online: Google

‘Seniors Guide BC’, or order a hard

copy. To order a free copy, contact the

Seniors Health Care Support Line,

Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

1.877.952.3181

 

BrainTrust Canada

Community rehabilitation and support

for persons with brain injury, as well as a

strong focus on education & prevention

www.braintrustcanada.com

11-368 Industrial Avenue, Kelowna

250.762.3233 1.888.762.3233

 

CNIB

Seeing beyond vision loss

National community-based registered

charity committed to vision health

www.cnib.ca

101-1456 St. Paul Street, Kelowna

250.763.1191 1.800.563.2642 Helpline

 

Canadian Cancer Society

Information, resources, support for

cancer patients & their families

www.cancer.ca

Interior Regional Office, Capri Mall

• 202-1835 Gordon Drive, Kelowna

250.762.6381 1.800.403.8222

• 101-166 Main Street, Penticton

250.490.9681 Tues-Fri 10 am-4 pm

• 1.888.939.3333 Cancer Info Service

Canadian Cancer Society

• Southern Interior Rotary Lodge

2251 Abbott Street, Kelowna

250.712.2203

Home away from home facility for

cancer patients while accessing

treatment at Kelowna Cancer Centre.

•Freemason Volunteer Drivers provide

transportation from airport or bus depot

in Kelowna; pick-ups in Oliver, Penticton

Kaleden, Okanagan Falls, Summerland

Monday-Friday; 24 hour notice required

Freemason Volunteer Driver Program

1.800.299.0188

 

Canadian Institute for Health

Information (CIHI)

Not-for-profit organization providing

essential data & analysis on Canada’s

health system & the health of Canadians.

Sign up for Land - monthly e-newsletter

www.cihi.ca

250.220.4100 Victoria

 

Canadian Liver Foundation

Dedicated to liver health and eliminating

the over 100 forms of liver disease

www.liver.ca

1.800.856.7266 Vancouver

1.800.563.5483 Here to Help

 

Canadian Mental Health Association

South Okanagan Similkameen branch

Programs include Advocacy, Consumer

Development, Meals, Support Services,

Housing Support Services

www.sos.cmha.bc.ca

2852 Skaha Lake Road, Penticton

250.493.8999

www.cmha.bc.ca

1.800.555.8222 BC Division

1.800.661.2121 24 hour information line

 

Cerebral Palsy Association of BC

Information & referral, lending library,

newsletter, resource manuals, public

education, speakers bureau, bursaries

www.bccerebralpalsy.com

1.800.663.0004 Vancouver

 

Crisis Intervention & Suicide

Prevention Centre of BC

Non-profit, volunteer organization

committed to helping people help

themselves and others deal with crisis

www.crisiscentre.bc.ca

1.800.SUICIDE (784.2433)

604.872.1234 Seniors Distress 24/7

 

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation

Committed to curing Crohn’s, ulcerative

colitis and improving the lives of those

affected by these chronic diseases

www.ccfc.ca

1.800.513.8202 Regional Office

 

Denturist Association of BC

Everything you ever wanted to know

about dentures, and where you can find

a local denturist

www.denturist.bc.ca

604.886.1705

 

Dietitian Services

Specializes in nutrition information,

counselling and advice based on most

current scientific sources by registered

dietitians, 8 am-8 pm Mon-Thur., 8 am-5

pm Friday. Leave message after hours.

Translation services available

www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthyeating

Dial 8-1-1 Dial 7-1-1 TTY

Medical Organizations and Services

Diabetes

• Canadian Diabetes Association

Research, education, services, advocacy

www.diabetes.ca

1589 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna

250.762.9447

1.800.226.8464 Information Line

See our Webinar ad on page 47

 

• Integrated Health Programs

For people with chronic diseases i.e.

diabetes, heart and/or kidney disease

Penticton Health Centre

740 Carmi Avenue

250.770.3530

1.800.707.8550

 

• South Okanagan Chronic Disease

Program for Oliver and Osoyoos

residents living with chronic diseases

such as diabetes, heart disease, etc.

Osoyoos Health Centre or

South Okanagan General Hospital

250.770.3530

1.800.707.8550

 

Healthy Eating for Seniors Handbook

Includes recipes, menu plans, info on

good nutrition. Access online or order

free by calling Healthlink BC

http://www2.gov.bc.ca - search for

Healthy Eating for Seniors Handbook

Dial 8-1-1 Dial 7-1-1 TTY

 

Heart Health

 

• Cardiac Health Foundation of Canada

Supports cardiac rehabilitation,

advocacy of prevention and education

www.cardiachealth.ca

 

• Heart & Stroke Foundation

Promotes health through research,

education, services and advocacy

www.heartandstroke.bc.ca

4-1551 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna

250.860.6275

1.866.432.7833

See our ad on page 82

 

• Integrated Health Programs

For people with chronic diseases i.e.

diabetes, heart and/or kidney disease.

Most services for heart health require

physician referral. Penticton Health

Centre, 740 Carmi Avenue

250.770.3530

1.800.707.8550

 

• South Okanagan Chronic Disease

Program for Oliver and Osoyoos

residents living with chronic diseases

such as diabetes, heart disease, etc.

Supervised Exercise/Cardiac Rehab

requires physician referral

Osoyoos Health Centre or

South Okanagan General Hospital

250.770.3530

1.800.707.8550

 

HealthLink BC

See web site for medically-approved

info on more than 5,000 health topics,

symptoms, medications, and tips for

maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Call to

speak to a nurse 24/7. Weekdays speak

to a dietitian about nutrition, healthy

eating. Pharmacists available 5pm to

9am every day. Translation services

available - in more than 130 languages

www.healthlinkbc.ca

Dial 8-1-1 Dial 7-1-1 TTY

 

Kidney Foundation of Canada

Volunteer organization committed to

reducing the burden of kidney disease

www.kidney.ca/BCChapters/

SouthOkanagan

1.800.567.8112 Burnaby

 

Lupus Society

Provide education, support to people

affected by lupus; create awareness;

support advances: treatment & research

www.bclupus.org

1.866.585.8787 for more information

• Kelowna Support Group

250.764.1234 Debra

 

Medic Alert Foundation

Emergency medical info services. One

of three Canadians have a condition

paramedics need to know about

www.medicalert.ca 1.800.668.1507

 

Medical Services Plan

Together with PharmaCare, provides

medical & drug coverage to all eligible

British Columbians; online services...

www.health.gov.bc.ca/msp/

1.800.663.7100 Automated 24/7 service

 

Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada

South Okanagan-Similkameen Chapter

Information, support counselling, referral

and advocacy services to persons with

MS and their families www.mssociety.ca

3373 Skaha Lake Road, Penticton

250.493.6564

 

Muscular Dystrophy Canada

Volunteers and staff raise funds and

work hard to support the independence

and full participation of those with

neuromuscular disorders. See web site

for link to Facebook page for South

Okanagan chapter www.muscle.ca

1.800.366.8166 Vancouver

 

OK in Health

A community web site specializing in

everything to do with health & wellness

in the Okanagan.Support groups posted,

wellness events, workshops, articles,

local practitioners, contests & newsletter

www.OKinHealth.com 250.493.0106

 

Osteoporosis Canada

Works to educate, empower, support

individuals & communities in the

prevention & treatment of osteoporosis.

For support group near you, or to create

a group in your community, contact

• Kelowna Chapter

250.861.6880 Trish Gunning

www.osteoporosis.ca

 

Pacific Blue Cross

Health, dental, life, disability, and travel

insurance www.pac.bluecross.ca

1.800.873.2583 Vancouver

 

Parkinson Society British Columbia

Address the personal and social

consequences of Parkinson’s Disease

See Support Group info in Resources

section:Support Groups/Self Help pg 77

www.parkinson.bc.ca 1.800.668.3330

 

Patient Care Quality Office

Interior Health Authority

220-1815 Kirschner Road, Kelowna

patient.concerns@interiorhealth.ca

1.877.442.2001

 

PharmaCare

Provides financial assistance to BC

residents for eligible prescription drugs

and designated medical supplies

www.health.gov.bc.ca/pharmacare

1.800.663.7100

 

Prostate Cancer Canada Network

Help individuals, their families

understand, cope with prostate cancer,

provide up to date medical information

and individual support; see Resource

section, Support Groups/Self Help for

Kelowna support group info on page 76

www.prostatecancer.ca

1.855.722.4636 Information Service

 

Seniors Health Care Support Line

Seniors who have issues accessing

health care services or with the health

care they received, can call to receive

timely resolution of problems. Call

Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

1.877.952.3181

 

South Okanagan Similkameen Brain

Injury Society

Services for individuals with an

acquired brain injury (ABI), including

stroke, to maximize their quality of life.

Education and prevention promotion;

helmet awareness

www.sosbis.com

2-996 Main Street, Penticton

250.490.0613

See our ad and our ‘Falls Prevention’

article on page 18

 

Spinal Cord Injury BC

Assist people with spinal cord injury or

related physical disabilities

www.sci-bc.ca

1.800.689.2477 SCI Bc InfoLine

250.859.3581 Regional contact, Peer

Program Coordinator, Kelowna

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