Resources for Service Providers Resources for Service Providers

Busy service providers often find it hard to keep up with emerging issues, academic papers, new research and other sources of information that can inform and support the work they do. In this section we will post links to websites, news sources and PDF documents that may be of interest to service providers working in the seniors’ sector.

Check back periodically to see what’s been added recently. If you’ve found an interesting article or website, feel free to suggest it to us by sending the document or link to:

Learning and information sharing opportunities for health and community services providers, researchers, and others:

CHNET-Works! is a network of networks linking researchers, decision-makers and practitioners in health and stakeholder sectors from across Canada. CHNET-Works! hosts weekly webinars sharing leading edge research and application, supporting discussions and actions on pressing health issues. Participants join in these free pan-Canadian discussions via telephone and internet – no registration fees, no transportation costs, no greenhouse gasses. Go to the CHNET-WORKS! website for information about upcoming webinars of interest to health and community service providers, including many focused on diverse seniors issues:

Interesting Reading:

Free White Paper: Third Party Fundraising

In the age of digital and social media, individuals are more empowered than ever to support causes dear to their heart by hosting their own in-person or virtual fundraisers. Is your organization doing everything it can to encourage your supporters to become fundraisers for your cause? In this guide, you will learn how your charity can benefit from volunteer third party fundraising, how to set up your own program and how to effectively engage your supporters to participate.

What is third party fundraising? Unlike walks, runs or other “thons” hosted and financed by a non-profit organization, third party fundraisers are planned and executed by volunteer individuals, businesses or community groups who are passionate about supporting a charity. The responsibility of developing the fundraising idea, organizing, managing and financing is assumed by the person or group hosting, while the non-profit receives all the funds raised. With the right platform, charitable organizations can empower third party fundraisers with little to no need for their own involvement. For example, you have the option to require approval and coaching from your team, or you can let your fundraisers run with their ideas all on their own.


Victim Voices

The Community Elder Abuse Prevention Committee of Thunder Bay, Ontario, with funding from New Horizons Canada, has developed a series of powerful videos about elder abuse. The Victims’ Voices videos present the stories of real victims of elder financial abuse perpetrated by individuals who preyed on seniors. In the hope of protecting other seniors, these brave victims generously agreed to be interviewed by the Thunder Bay Police. Using those interviews, we will share their stories.

Our aim is to spread awareness of the financial abuse of older adults and to assess the effectiveness of these videos in educating the public. We are collecting this information using a 5-minute survey, available at this link, along with the two 5-minute videos.

Please take a few minutes to watch the videos and take the survey. We are hoping you will help spread the word about this project. Posting the link below on your website or emailing the link and description to your email list subscribers would be appreciated. Our target audiences are both older adults and those who care for them. 
For more information, contact Laura Bailey at

Credit for this article to CNPEA (Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse)

To access the website, click here.

New Online Resource Helps Seniors Find Available Beds in Nursing Homes

If you live in British Columbia, MyCareFinder is a unique and easy way to locate either publicly-subsidized or unsubsidized seniors care for yourself or your loved one. Our exclusive, one-of-a-kind Google Maps database provides you with local information regarding a number of seniors care services including assisted living, 24-hour residential care, and support services in your own single family home/apartment.

For more information, click here.

Aging Out

Moving towards queer and trans* competent care for seniors

This discussion paper is a summary of findings and recommendations to provide culturally competent care for LGBTQ seniors in Residential Care and Assisted Living.

For a download of this report:


This paper can be downloaded from the QMUNITY website

Ageing and Rural Poverty

A Research Report
Produced by Rural Community Network

The Rural Community Network is a voluntary organization established by community groups from rural areas to articulate the voice of rural communities on issues relating to poverty, disadvantage and equality.
Formed in 1991, RCN is a membership organization. It is managed by a voluntary committee, elected every two years, made up of two community representatives from each of the six counties in Northern Ireland along with farming, environmental, statutory, voluntary sector, and other sectoral representatives. We attempt to reflect a broad geographical, gender and religious mix in our membership and committee.

RCN is core funded by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development with the remainder of its resources coming from SEUPB, Atlantic Philanthropies, charitable trusts, membership fees and project income.


Dana and senior woman on a bench

BC Seniors’ Guide

As the population of British Columbia continues to grow, and grow older, we need to support seniors to be as healthy and as independent as possible. We know that older adults prefer to age in their own homes and communities, and may need access to appropriate services and supports in order to do so.

The Government of B.C. is committed to promoting healthy, active aging, and providing information and resources about the services seniors and their families and caregivers need to make good decisions about their health, care, and overall well-being.
The BC Seniors’ Guide is a prime example of this commitment. While more and more seniors are accessing resources online, many seniors tell us that they would rather receive information that they can hold in their hands. With the BC Seniors’ Guide, we make a wealth of useful information available in print and online, in Chinese, English, French, and Punjabi, to reach as many B.C. seniors as we can. In addition, government partnered with the First Nations Health Authority in 2014 to adapt the BC Seniors’ Guide into a new BC Elders’ Guide for First Nations and Aboriginal older adults. You can find the BC Seniors’ Guide and the BC Elders’ Guide online at

In this guide, you will find information and resources on benefits, healthy living, health services, housing, transportation, personal security, finances, and other services. In addition, there is a listing directory at the end of the guide, and questions in each section to consider as you plan to remain as healthy and independent as possible as you grow older. We hope the BC Seniors’ Guide will help you find what you’re looking for.
For more information on government support for seniors, visit the SeniorsBC website at

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Diversity and inclusion: Not just another item on the to-do list

It’s a paradox for many charities and nonprofits: they serve multicultural clients with an ethos that embraces diversity and inclusion, but it is not reflected in their workforce.

For more on this read, click here.

Splash & Ripple

Using Outcomes to Design and Guide Community Work.
Philip Cox, Sherry Kozak,
Louise Griep, and Lisa Moffat


Final Report to Osprey Foundation and Columbia Basin Trust
July 1st, 2012 to June 30th, 2015

Submitted by: Corrine Younie, Initiative Coordinator

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An Analysis of the Economic Circumstances of Canadian Seniors

Prepared By: Richard Shillington of Tristat Resources | February 2016



Is a network of networks linking researchers, decision-makers and practitioners in health and stakeholder sectors from across Canada. CHNET-Works! hosts weekly webinars sharing leading edge research and application, supporting discussions and actions on pressing health issues. Participants join in these free pan-Canadian discussions via telephone and internet – no registration fees, no transportation costs, no greenhouse gasses. To access this valuable resource, click here.

To access their free courses, click here.

Monitoring Seniors’ Services 2015

Isobel Mackenzie
Seniors Advocate
Province of British Columbia


Caring for BC’s Aging Population:Improving Health Care for All 

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Prepared by: Marcy Cohen


BC Elders Guide

The First Nations Health Authority and the Ministry of Health worked together to produce the first edition of the BC Elders’ Guide. This unique health and lifestyle resource is based on the BC Seniors’ Guide and is specifically designed for First Nations and Aboriginal Elders.


Adult Abuse, Neglect & Self-Neglect: Resource List for Communities

Kootenay Boundary Region
Prepared by: BC Association of Community Response Networks (November 2011)


Kaslo’s 2013/2014 Age-Friendly Community Project – FINAL REPORT

UBCM Seniors’ Housing & Support Initiative
North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society
Prepared by: Janice M. Murphy, PHD, Elizabeth Brandrick, B.ED
March 2014


Bracing for the Baby Boomers: Projecting the impact on existing services

Nelson CARES Society, Age Friendly Community Initiative
Prepared by: Helen Lutz


Aging Populations and Health Services in the West Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital District.

Prepared By: Kailee Woodbeck, GIS Developer
Ian Parfitt, SGRC Coordinator
Selkirk Geospatial Research Centre


Transportation Solutions for Rural Seniors
A Literature Review

Prepared by: Helen Lutz, Helen Lutz Consulting
June 25, 2014