Simon Fraser Lodge receives funds to purchase new equipment

Health Minister Adrian Dix
Health Minister Adrian Dix

Prince George’s Simon Fraser Lodge is one of 88 care homes across British Columbia to receive  funding to purchase new safety equipment, as part of the Seniors Safety and Quality Improvement Program (or SSQIP, pronounced “SKWIP”) initiative.

Simon Fraser Lodge will receive $65,000 of the total $2.6 million in provincial Seniors Safety and Quality Improvement program funding announced by Health Minister Adrian Dix during an August 10 event in Vancouver.

The program is managed by BC Care Providers Association (BCCPA), who process applications from all residential care homes that receive public funding for new equipment intended to improve safety and quality of life for residents. Top equipment requests includes bed lifts and slings, mattresses, and beds. Oversight of the program is provided by representatives from the Ministry of Health, BCCPA, Denominational Health Association and SafeCare BC. Approved applicants may receive up to $500 for each publicly-funded resident. 

In addition to bed and mattress purchases, care homes are investing in new shower chairs, tubs, mobility equipment (such as floor and ceiling lifts), lighting and visual aids, sensory rooms, music therapy and ergonomic furniture. Preventative and urgent response systems are also funded to promote both resident and employee safety.

Applications for a second round of funding opened on August 28th, 2018. Up to $2 million in funding will be allocated during this period.