RCSS Exercise

Important Notice

As of today, December 1st, 2020 we were advised by VCH that due to the significant increase in transmission of COVID 19 in our community, we are to suspend our on-site Adult Day Program activities again.

Our site will remain opened and we will continue with our wellness calls, remote programming, and caregiver check-ins. If you need to talk to someone please do not hesitate to call us at 604 430-1441 Monday to Friday from 8:30 – 4:00.

Remember, we have meals for just $2.50 that you can request and pick up. We also plan on increasing the deliveries of program materials so we can easily bring meals with us if you have no other option.

We are here to serve you and welcome any suggestions as to how we can improve the support we offer you during these trying times.

Although we are saddened by this news, the safety of our seniors and staff is our priority at this time. Please stay in touch.

Renfrew Collingwood Safety Plan

Click here to see RCSS Safety Plan

Physical Distancing

• The number of people allowed in the centre at one time will be reduced according to
new regulations.

• Family members and handydart drivers will drop off seniors at the door.

• No visitors, volunteers, entertainers, or tours will be permitted at the centre.

• Staff have undergone training and practice in keeping safe distances, re-arranged
furniture and equipment and established procedures for safe activity programming.

• There is posted signage throughout the centre to remind everyone to keep a safe

Disinfecting and Personal Protection

• Seniors and staff will be pre-screened for symptoms of illness before leaving their home
to attend the centre each day in accordance with the IPC requirements for LTC and AL.

• Upon arrival seniors will sanitize hands and any mobility aids.

• All staff will wear medical face masks and face shields.

• All staff will wear gloves when in direct contact with clients.

• All staff will wear PPE (mask, eye protection, gloves and gowns) when there is a risk of
coming in contract with any bodily fluids (ex. Helping a client in the bathroom) or when a
client is presenting with symptoms.

• All clients will be encouraged to wear a non-medical mask or face-shield while at the
centre as another level of protection.

• All staff has been provided with education regarding donning on and off PPE, &
information about COVID-19 through VCH.

• All supplies, equipment and high touch surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected
throughout the day. There will be a safety monitor assigned daily to disinfect
washrooms, chairs, tables, and other equipment after each use. Waste receptacles will
be placed throughout the centre.

• Cleaning and disinfecting protocols have been reviewed by IPAC and recommendations
have been implemented.

• All items and equipment which are porous or plush will either be removed or covered.

• PPE and Cleaning supplies will be ordered through VCH

Policies, Rules and Guidelines

•Anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 (including fever, coughing, chills, shortness of
breath, sore throat, new muscle aches or headaches will be prohibited from entering the

• Anyone who has travelled from outside Canada in the last 14 days will be prohibited from
entering the centre.

• Clients who present with symptoms while at the centre or upon arrival will have
arrangements made to be taken home.

• Staff will be knowledgeable in all areas of safety, including policies, rules, and procedures

• Clients will be given an orientation of all guidelines in the first week of returning to the

• Families will be kept informed in writing of all policies, rules, and guidelines.

• Building management has ventilation system on a regular cleaning and maintenance

Home Resources

We now have a new section on our website called Home Resources! This page will contain various activities you can do at home including:

• Exercise Videos and tips

• Word search

• Cross Word

• Trivia

• Jokes

• Colouring

• Virtual Tours

And many more other activities!

Home Resources

Concerts in Care Online


Renfrew Collingwood Seniors Society has suspended programming until further notice.

However, staff will remain on site to continue to support the seniors in our community.

Please call 604-430-1441 if you require any assistance, support or take out meals.

Caregiver Resources if you need support call Toll-Free at 1-877-520-3267, Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 7:00 pm.

At Home Resources for Seniors

Information on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

A new coronavirus is the cause of an outbreak of respiratory infections, now known as COVID-19. If you have health concerns, call HealthLink BC at 8-1-1. For non medical information about COVID-19 Call 1-888-COVID19 (1-888-268-4319) or text  604-630-0300 from 7:30 am to 8 pm.
Information on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

Information and resource links:

    • Public updates and Q&A
    • Government of Canada
    • BC Centre for Disease Control
  • Physician updates

Caregiver Resources & Useful Links

Please check out our Caregiver Resources and Useful Links pages for new guides from the Alzheimer’s Society of B.C.!

Caregiver Connection is a newsletter published by the Family Caregivers of BC four times a year, once every season. It serves to provide family caregivers interesting and informative articles directly related to caregiving issues. Read the latest Caregiver Connection below!

Download the Summer 2020 Edition

Family Caregivers of British Columbia aims to provide support to family caregivers, education, and much more. Support is provided through one-to-one support, information and referral to community resources, help in navigating the healthcare system, and connecting family caregivers to support groups. Education is provided to family caregivers through webinars (BC-wide); workshops; bi-monthly newsletter (The Network News); resource library of books, videos, and handouts; Caregiver Wellness Booklet; Resource Guide for Family Caregivers (2nd Edition); Lunch and Learn sessions for employees; and support group volunteer facilitator training. Explore the website for more details.

How to Access Adult Day Programs

Interested in accessing our Adult Day Program or looking for other health services for your loved one? Your first step is to contact Vancouver Coastal Health:

Home and community care services provide a range of health care and support services to people who have acute, chronic, palliative or rehabilitative health care needs. You may need these services if you:

    • Are released from hospital and need short-term care
    • Have an ongoing or chronic health issue requiring more care than you or you family can provide
    • Have a health issue that is getting worse and you need support to continue to live at home
  • Have a health issue that is making it impossible for you to continue to live at home safely

Weather Conditions

Weather conditions may affect Handy Dart service. Disruptions such as delays and inability to pick up clients may occur as a result of the weather. If Handy Dart service is cancelled, the Centre will be closed. In the event of cancellation, staff members will notify caregivers and clients the morning of.

Statement of Purpose

As a society, our purpose is to fulfill the needs of the clients that permit them to be useful, capable, contributing adults even with the restrictions imposed by age, physical, and mental abilities. We encourage individuals to maintain independence and to function autonomously in the community regardless of race, religion, age, and disability.

Our intent is to promote feelings of self-worth, encourage mental stimulation, and provide support for those finding it difficult to cope with the aging process, separation and loss, as well as changes in personal, family, and community roles.

Most of our clients are elderly, facing a variety of social barriers, and striving to remain in their homes. Our success is measured by our ability to aid them in their endeavors, as noted by their families, staff, medical practitioners, and other support people involved in the well-being of our clients.

In essence, their success is our success.

Weather conditions may affect Handy Dart service. Disruptions such as delays and inability to pick up clients may occur as a result of the weather. If Handy Dart service is cancelled, the Centre will be closed. In the event of cancellation, staff members will notify caregivers and clients the morning of.

Geographic coverage

Renfrew-Collingwood Seniors’ Society’s boundaries for service are generally Knight Street to Boundary Road, and 41st Avenue to Broadway.

There is some flexibility where special circumstances exist, and of course anyone not requiring transportation is welcome.


Membership in Renfrew-Collingwood Seniors’ Society is open to anyone ages 19 and older. The cost is $10.00 per annum renewable on April 1st of each year.

Membership entitles you to attend the Annual General Meeting, participate in certain community activities, receive a monthly newsletter, purchase healthy take out meals, access particular services, and generally be part of a wonderful organization.