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Date updated: November 3, 2020

Upcoming Health Events:

Grief/Bereavement Support

Are you grieving due to having lost someone you love?

Would you like to find out information about grief and the grieving process?

Do you wish to learn some things you can do to help yourself and others during times of grief?

If so, please join
Rev. Dr. Peter Barnes [ONLINE due to COVID-19]
Regional Coordinator of Bereavement Services, Eastern Health


For Further Information, you can Contact
Peter Barnes at 777-2167
or Sign-in OR Register
Michelle Andrews at 709-777-8972 and

SERVICES BEFORE COVID-19 OUTBREAK: Sessions on the 2nd Tuesday of every month from 7-9 pm in the Cafeteria Conference Room at L.A. Miller Centre.

There are short videos, discussions and
sharing (optional) of thoughts and feelings on grief.

This session is free and open to the general public.

Imagine you are in a hospital and you cannot speak-up. Protect your health care choices.
The Alzheimer Society Newfoundland & Labrador provides information and offers services and support for patients, families and caregivers.
Arthritis Society, Newfoundland and Labrador Division has information, programs, tools, and resources to manage arthritis and its symptoms. For example, there is an education program where self-management programs and guides are provided online and in person. The ease of use program lists products that make life easier for those with arthritis.
Cette boîte à outils pour une saine alimentation vous donne accès gratuitement à une grande variété de ressources, d'outils et de conseils pratiques pour faire la promotion d'une saine alimentation à travers les différents réseaux de votre organisme et de vos communautés.  Sélectionnez "Bien manger Apprenez-en plus": "Les guides alimentaires du Canada" et "Rappels d'aliments".
Start your Journey to Mental Wellness Bridge the gAPP is a province-wide online resource designed to support mental wellness. This free online mental health resource instantly connects people to self-help information, tools and local supports through a searchable service directory. Visit Bridge the gAPP for adults (18+) or connect to local services in NL.   PLEASE NOTE: Bridge the gApp has been redesigned for improved access:
  • No longer available through the Apple App Store or Google Play.
  • Website can be viewed more easily on a wider variety of devices such as a phone, tablet or computer.
  • Shortcut: Users will be prompted to add an icon to their home screen which looks and functions just like a phone app.
Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) has general information on what an OT does, specific information on topics such as "Safe driving tips for older adults drivers", features a "Find an OT" search engine (by location), and CAOT product Recognition on devices that may help seniors stay in their home (stair lifts or  handrails).
COVID-19 UPDATES: AUGUST 11, 2020 The LOCAL OFFICE(S) in NL are CLOSED.  There are no activities or programs except:
  • Daffodil Place is OPEN and can be booked for lodging
    • CONTACT toll-free: 1-888-753-6520 Potential lodgers (including caregivers) will be screened and other services altered due to COVID-19
  • Practical Support Program (i.e. turbans or wigs) will be available soon as a virtual and no-contact support.
    • To request or return a wig, please call the  Cancer Information Helpline at 1-888-939-3333.
******************************** The Canadian Cancer Society NL provides information and supports to anyone facing cancer. Support may include: Air Daffodil (air travel assistance program), Daffodil Place (hostel), and practical and emotional supports.
Canadian Deprescribing Network  members  share information  and promote the deprescribing of medication.  Deprescribing is a planned and supervised process where people reduce or stop taking medications that may no longer be of benefit or may be causing harm.
The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association, NL (CHHA-NL) provides programs and services to people who are hard of hearing and/or have hearing loss. CHHA-NL's programs: education, Resource groups, loans and purchasing (assistive listening and signalling devices), alert and alarm devices, and more. Book an appointment ONLINE, OR Book an appointment by phone or e-mail (see details below) Booking an appointment guarantees that a person can:
  • Make a/an phone, in-person or virtual appointment at a time that suits their schedule.
  • Meet with a hearing loss support specialist at a dedicated time.
CONTACT Voice:      709-753-3224 Toll free: 1-888-753-3224 Text: 709-725-3224 (see note below) E-mail: By video chat: for information and support.  Please connect with staff to learn more about this option. By text:  you can reach a staff member by texting 1-709-725-3224.  Please note: this number is intended for text only (voice calls to the text line will not be answered). E-mail: See CHHA-NL's online resources.   Also, The Read Our Lips online course. Read Our Lips Hearing Assistive Technology Lending Program –  where individuals can borrow hearing assistive technology for a short time (two weeks). Can purchase assistive technology at CHHA-NL's social enterprise.
Are you looking for emotional support? Call the Lifewise(was CHANNAL) Warmline Toll Free: 1-855-753-2560 Local: 709-753-2560 English Toll Free: 1-833-753-5460 French Help is Available - If you or someone you know is having a mental health crisis please contact 811 (Texting is available) Check out FREE webinars available online about best practices in workplace mental health, coping with anxiety and stress, Health Anxiety, Isolation and Loneliness and more.
  • CMHA-NL offices (St. John’s, Grand Falls-Windsor, and Stephenville)
    • May offer  booth displays, workplace presentations, volunteer opportunities, physical training courses, workshops, and events
As a division of the national Canadian Mental Health Association, CMHA-NL offers public education on mental health and mental illness, along with research, advocacy, and service.
The Canadian Red Cross in Newfoundland and Labrador offers an extensive network of programs and services that actively reach out and serve local communities throughout the province. In the St. John's area, services include the Meals on Wheels program. is the Canadian Cancer Society's online community for information and support. Connect, learn and share your stories with people with similar experiences with cancer. It is free to register and use.
Carers Canada works together with other organizations to pool resources and combine efforts to make sure that carers are part of and included in social policy to positively impact the lives of caregivers.
Central Intake provides clients, families and others with one central phone number to call directly for information and self-referral to various mental health and addictions services in the St. John’s region (709) 752-8888.  
In response to COVID-19, the CNIB Foundation has expanded its virtual program offerings across Canada. These programs are free and available to Canadians who are blind or partially sighted as well as their families, friends and caregivers. Celebrating 100 years in 2018, the CNIB Foundation is a national, non-profit organization driven to change what it is to be blind today. Programs and advocacy empower people impacted by blindness to live their dreams and tear down barriers to inclusion. The CNIB Group is made up of the CNIB Foundation, Vision Loss Rehabilitation Canada, and CNIB Deafblind Community Services Programs at CNIB Newfoundland and Labrador include:
  • Live - CNIB cards,  Guide Dog Program...
  • Play- Indoor and outdoors walking clubs, Tech Time Tuesdays...
  • Work- Career and Employment - Internships, returnships and mentorships...
  • CNIB SHOP at The Boulevard where people who are blind or partially-sighted can access over 70 different gadgets to help them in daily living.
  • Vision Loss Rehabilitation Newfoundland and Labrador NOTE: For more information on rehabilitation services, click here to visit their site
"We need social connections to thrive — no matter our age." AARP [American Association of Retired Persons] Foundation spearheaded Connect2Affect to seek out solutions to social isolation. The goal is to create a network of resources that meets the needs of anyone who is isolated or lonely, and that helps build the social connections older adults need to thrive.    
As many as half of hospital patients age 65 and older develop delirium. Once thought of as something ordinary — something that “just happens” to people as they get older — today, geriatricians and hospitals across the U.S. recognize the dangers of delirium and are increasingly creating programs and protocols to prevent, detect and treat it. Delirium refers to a change in the brain’s neurochemistry that causes a person to become highly confused and unable to think clearly. People with delirium often can’t remember recent events or where they are. The condition usually comes on quickly, but the symptoms can come and go. Besides hospitals, delirium is also common in long-term care facilities and often one of the first signs that a resident has become very ill, says Dr. Paul Takahashi, a geriatrician at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
Dementia Friends Canada is a national campaign that’s helping Canadians to learn a little about dementia, and then turn that understanding into simple actions that can improve the lives of people living with dementia.
Department of Children, Seniors and Social Development is dedicated to providing a wide range of family-focused services with a concentration on nurturing strong, healthy communities.
The Department of Health and Community Services provides a leadership role in health and community services programs and policy development for the province. Publicly funded Health and Community Services are delivered in the province by four regional health authorities.
Individuals who have diabetes need information about the disease and its management. The Diabetes Canada (formerly known as the Canadian Diabetes Association) provides consumer information on many diabetes related topics: meal planning, exercise, insulin and diabetes medication, complications of diabetes, nutrition, and more. Are you looking for information on diabetes, Diabetes Canada programs and services, membership or donations? Call 1-800-BANTING (1-800-226-8464) or email Check out your regional office, in NL.
Dietitians of Canada works with members to raise the profile of the profession. The Seniors page provides posts on  healthy eating such as Shopping for One or Two (Planning), Eating Alone, and Cooking for One or Two.

DOORWAYS continues support through COVID-19 - NO walk-ins

Mental health and addictions staff will continue to offer telephone and/or virtual support through DoorWays. Please call the clinic in your area to discuss counselling options: Community       Phone # St. John’s      752-4903 Witless Bay     334-3941 Ferryland or Trepassey  432-2930 Holyrood/Whitbourne/St. Mary's/Placentia        945-6513 Bay Roberts/Harbour Grace/Old Perlican  945-6513 Bonavista       468-5318 Clarenville     466-5700 Marystown       279-7900 St. Lawrence    873-2330 Grand Bank      832-1602 Placentia West: 443-2100 DoorWays is not an emergency service. Individuals experiencing a mental health emergency (ie. risk of immediate harm) should call 911 or the Mental Health Crisis Line at 1-888-737-4668
News: May 4, 2020 12:35pm see update re: Coverage for COVID-19 Medical Services to Non-Insured Individuals Prescription Delivery Service (excluding opiates such as methadone/suboxone) The Newfoundland and Labrador Prescription Drug Program (NLPDP) provides financial assistance for the purchase of eligible prescription medications for those who reside in the province. There are five main plans under the program, including the 65+ Plus Plan (previously known as the Seniors Drug Subsidy Plan) . Qualifying applicants will be responsible for a co-payment depending on their income levels and drug costs or applicants will pay up front and seek reimbursement later. When calling applicants and card holders should have their MCP number available.
  • To apply, an application form must be completed. Application forms are available at pharmacies or physician offices or by calling:     NL Prescription Drug Program, Assessment Office, Stephenville  1-888-859-3535
    • The Assessment office covers the eligibility for a specific cardholder
    • Out-of-province drug coverage for beneficiaries of the program
  • For questions about their drug card (e.g. lost),  call 1-888-859-3535
  • The NLPDP Claims Processing office can be reached at Toll Free 1-888-724-7760
    • reimbursement of prescription receipts (often Seniors need to pay up-front and send in the receipts)
    • questions or difficulties associated with billing or payment process
  • The Pharmaceutical Services, Department of Health and Community Services  is responsible for operating the NLPDP on behalf of the government of NL.  Toll Free 1-888-222-0533 or local Tel: 709-729–6507
    • Pharmaceutical Services at the Department of Health is most often reached by FAX.  Doctors or Pharmacist's often FAX in requests for drug coverage (for eligible patients) at 1-709-729-2851
    • Pharmaceutical Services handles general inquiries around  drug eligibility or special authorization (including the Cystic Fibrosis and Growth Hormone programs).
    • Call about Drug Eligibility for NLNPDP or need for Special Authorization Request Forms
    • Or you can search the NLNPDP Drug product Database to see if a drug is eligible
Eastern Health, provide the full range of health services to more than 300,000 and are responsible for a number of unique provincial programs. Eastern Health covers from St. John's to Port Blandford and includes all communities on the Avalon, Burin and Bonavista Peninsulas.
Do you live with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), type II diabetes, or heart failure? Would you like to: Better manage your condition from the comfort of your own home? Catch problems before they turn into emergencies or hospital visits? Become more actively involved in managing and treating your condition? Connect with Eastern Health to see whether you, your family member, or your client qualify for this free at-home monitoring program. This link also includes a downloadable PDF of the RPM brochure. Virtual care refers to the use of remote technologies, including telephone and videoconferencing, for any interaction between patients and health providers within their circle of care. Check out Telehealth (Cisco Jabber), Zoom for Health Care, and Therapy Assitance Online (TAO) If you have any questions, please contact the virtual care team at Eastern Health via email at:  
Eastern Health suggests that you complete an Advanced Healthcare Directive (AHCD) and Power of Attorney before your admission to a personal care home or nursing home. An Advance Health Care Directive helps individuals to make sure that their health care wishes (written) are known if for any reason they are unable to speak for themselves. A power of attorney is a written document that names the person you wish to act for you in relation to financial matters. An enduring power of attorney is required if you become mentally incapacitated. They suggest that you see a lawyer and discuss your wishes regarding your financial matters
Saint Luke’s Homes offers two-day programs. The Adult Day Program is designed for seniors 65 years of age and above, who benefit from a range of social or recreational activities. The respite day program is designed to meet the needs of seniors who have mild to moderate dementia or impaired social functioning. The participants in this program generally require more assistance and supervision.
The services provided under the Community Supports Program (CSP) focus on supporting individuals, families, and care providers by promoting independence, community inclusion, safety, and overall well-being. Intake provided for:
  • Financial Assessment Services
  • Home Support Program
  • Special Assistance Program (Provincial Program Intake through CSP)
  • Long term care options counselling (Long term care or Personal care home)
  • Assessment for personal care home and long term care placement
  • Supports for "neglected adults" protected adults under the Adult Protection Act
  • Requests for Respite Care
  • Public/community health nurse services such as:
    • Acute care services and post-acute care follow up
    • Wound management services
Referrals to the CSP can be made by the individual or their family, as well as a health care professional. The professional CSP team will determine eligibility for service. If you or a loved one wishes to access residential long-term care you may contact a community health office.  
Finding Balance is an awareness campaign targeted for adults aged 55 and older living in the Eastern Health region. It focuses on real life strategies that adults can use to prevent falls. The four key messages are:
  • Watch Your Step
  • Speak Up About Dizziness
  • Check Your Medications
  • Keep Active
Resource General Injury Prevention
Individuals wishing to get home supports and other benefits must have a financial assessment based on their net income to see if they are eligible for a subsidy. For more information, click here      
Eastern Zone Pastoral Care and Bereavement Services provide:
  • Individual Counselling  by telephone or in person. Referral can be self, family, or health professional.
  • Information Sessions on understanding grief, guide you through the grieving process, and give suggestions on what you can do to help yourself and others during this time of grief.  Sessions are free and open to the general public. No registration is required
  • Information Sessions on Grieving: Coping with the Holidays
  • Grief Support Groups - Living with loss program.  8-week “Living with Grief Support Program”. Registration is required
CONTACT:  Pastoral Care Office – 709-777-8940
NEW WEBSITE from Eastern Health. Hi or Health information is a guide to wellness. It has a search bar and a menu with topics under Healthy Living , Life Stages, For Communities, All Topics from A-Z, and Hot Topics. Life Stages include Adult (ages 18+) and Seniors (ages 65+).
Provides services to eligible individuals who require assistance with activities of daily living in order to remain in their home. The aim of this program is to prevent, delay or substitute for placement in a long term care facility. Home support services are intended to supplement, not replace, services provided by the individual’s family or support network. For information or to make a  referrals to the Home Support Program, connect with the Community Support Program Intake in the St. John's area and the Local Community Health Offices in the rest of the Eastern region
Three long-term care options are available to individuals depending on their care needs:
  • Personal care homes -  for-profit businesses that usually provide a lower level of nursing and personal care to residents than Nursing homes.
  • Nursing homes - Long Term Care Facilities
  • Protective Community Residences
Admission to long-term care facilities is taken care of by the office of placement services through a single-entry system.
The Recovery Centre, St. John’s, is a medically-supported service.  Individuals admitted to the Centre may receive medication to help with their withdrawal symptoms/health complications, and will be monitored around the clock by nursing staff. The Recovery Centre is located at Building 532, Pleasantville in St. John’s: Phone 709-752-4980 to arrange an initial screening.
Seniors and their families may receive Respite Care. This support is in the form of caregiver relief whereby the loved one is placed in a long-term-care facility for a short stay. Respite services must be applied for through Community Health Nurses or Community Health Social Workers in the office of placement services.
The Special Assistance Program (SAP) provides medical supplies, oxygen, and orthotics (special shoe inserts) to assist with activities of daily living for people living in the community. You must first meet financial eligibility and have a clinical assessment completed by a nurse  or social worker.
Egale, Canada Human Rights Trust, works to improve the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex and two-spirit (LGBTQI2S) people in Canada and to enhance the global response to LGBTQI2S issues. "With many advances in LGBTQI2S human rights, we are now beginning to see more LGBTQI2S seniors ‘out ‘ and proud!" For Seniors:
  • Egale's LGBTQI2S Seniors Newsletter
  • LGBTQI2S Resource Map (building a map to identify resources that welcome LGBTQI2S people)
Elizz, Canada’s largest social enterprise, provides caregiver support and home care services.  Elizz,  a Canadian not-for-profit health care organization, provides a variety of online caregiver tips and how-to articles along with virtual care services such as caregiver counselling.
Whether you are living with Alzheimer’s disease, another form of dementia, or supporting someone who is, the First Link® program connects you and your family to your local Alzheimer Society programs and other community services.
Food First NL is a provincial, membership-based, non-profit organization dedicated to improving food security for everyone in the province. Food First NL developed the Healthy Eating NL Resource Centre. They also carried out many projects and research, such as Everybody Eats. What We Heard. A provincial dialogue on food security in NL.    
Questions often asked by people who are thinking of moving into a Long Term Care Facility (Nursing Home) or Personal Care Homes (owned by private businesses). Nursing homes generally provide higher level of nursing and personal care to residents  
NOTE: The Gathering Place is taking all precautionary measures possible and following a coordinated community response from the Department of Health, Eastern Health BY
  • Providing takeout meals for clients (in St. John's) during COVID-19. All three meals of the weekday (brunch on the weekends) will continue, hot lunch plus sandwiches to save for supper.
  • Urgent medical services will continue, as will social work supports.
  • People won’t be allowed in the building as a mass, in line with social-distancing guidelines and officials urging the public to avoid large crowds.
  The Gathering Place - Please Read this before you donate!! Due to COVID-19, The Gathering Place will not be able to accept in-kind donations in person or welcome visitors until further notice. More than ever, they are grateful for your monetary donations as they have to purchase much-needed supplies and food during this difficult time.  Click here to visit their site Warming Centre - will serve as a community warming centre to ALL residents of St. John's during times of extended power loss.

Guide to Programs and Services for Individuals and Families- Government of NL

This guide can help people find out what Provincial Government programs and services are available. See PDF version as link. Printed copies or alternate formats are available upon request by calling 1-866-883-6600 or via email at
The HealthLine is a confidential and free telephone line staffed by experienced Registered Nurses. It is available to all residents of Newfoundland and Labrador, of any age. Call 811 at any time, day or night, to speak to a Registered Nurse. They are always there for you.
Your one-stop-shop for resources to help promote and support healthy eating in Newfoundland & Labrador! This site has resources covering everything from grocery shopping on a budget, maintaining health while eating with a condition,  harvesting wild food, organizing a bulk buying club, and preserving food.  
Gives you free access to a wide variety of resources, tools, and tips on promoting healthy eating. A lot of the information is written with Parents and caregivers of children between the ages of 2-12 years in mind. Select "Eat well learn more about healthy eating": for useful tools like Food "Recalls and Safety Alerts" and Canada's "Food Guide Servings Trackers" for men or women 51 plus.
Department of Children, Seniors, and Social Development Inclusion Grants  are available to non-profit, community-based organizations to make their facilities more accessible and their events more inclusive.  These grants enhance accessibility and inclusion in communities throughout the province by: 1)  Installing ramps, accessible washrooms or visual alarms (up to $25,000). 2)  Providing American Sign Language, captioning or listening devices (up to $5,000) Information and applications are available in alternate formats.
The Kidney Foundation of Canada exists for the improvement of kidney health and the reduction and, if possible, the removal of the burden of kidney diseases.
NOTE: The Consumer Health Awareness Network of Newfoundland and Labrador, formerly known as CHANNAL, will now go by the name Lifewise Mental Health Peer Services.   Walk-In Services and In-Person Peer Support The Peer Support Virtual Groups REGISTER the day of the group by emailing A separate e-mail must be sent to attend each group. Warm Lines Active WARMLINE Toll Free: 1-855-753-2560 Local: 753-2560 (St. John’s metro) Open 7 days a week, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm (midnight)   Activities (St. John’s  and Mount Pearl) Check out the monthly calendar (see link below)  of  Peer Support Groups, Shared Support, One-to-One walk in support, and more (publications) There are often presentations and workshops on mental health and recovery St. John's holds Family Support Groups and FreeStyle Friday   Lifewise Provincial Office: 70 The Boulevard, St. John’s, NL West End Location: 878 Topsail Road, Mount Pearl, NL, A1N 3J9 If you have any questions please call: 709-753-1138 or email Heidi at:   “To engage with one another in a scent-free, safe, and sober environment.”
NOTE: The Consumer Health Awareness Network of Newfoundland and Labrador, formerly known as CHANNAL, will now go by the name Lifewise Mental Health Peer Services. Lifewise is run for and by people with mental health and addiction issues. Lifewise is proud to offer Peer Support services throughout Newfoundland & Labrador in a variety of formats. Facilitated by trained staff, Peer Support is the act of supporting one another through the connection of similar experiences, with no hierarchy or power dynamics. Peer Support OFFERED: Shared support (group discussions), Wellness Workshops, Peer Group Support (In Person or Virtual), Family Support Groups, Individual 1:1 Support, The Warmline, Community Peer Support, Public Education and Doorways (in partnership with the Regional Health Authorities). There are both In Person and Peer Support Virtual Groups.  Peers can register on the day of the virtual group by emailing   A separate e-mail must be sent to attend each group. Lifewise Warm Lines Toll Free: 1-855-753-2560  English Local: 753-2560 (St. John’s metro) English Open 7 days a week, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm (midnight) Toll Free: 1-833-753-5460 French  
Are you experiencing Meniere's, Tinnitus, or Both? Want to ask questions about your symptoms, or talk about options that might benefit you? 1.Join the ongoing conversation about Meniere’s and Tinnitus in the Resource Group Facebook Group. 2.Call and talk with a Staff Person 3.Ask to be added to the CHHA-NL e-mail listserv or the Meniere’s and Tinnitus sublist (e-mail listserv) for Announcements, Information, Education and Resource opportunities. 4.Videos and Webinars about  Meniere’s and Tinnitus   Book an appointment ONLINE, OR Book an appointment by phone or e-mail (see details below) Booking an appointment guarantees that a person can:
  • Make a/an phone, in-person or virtual appointment at a time that suits their schedule.
  • Meet with a hearing loss support specialist at a dedicated time.
CONTACT Voice:                       709-753-3224 Toll free:                1-888-753-3224 Text:                        709-725-3224 (see note below) E-mail:         By video chat: for information and support. Please connect with staff to learn more about this option. By text: you can reach a staff member by texting 1-709-725-3224. Please note: this number is intended for text only (voice calls will not be answered).    
Are you having finding the mental health and addiction system too difficult to navigate or connect with? It is often difficult to find Information on and contact to resources needed. The Mental Health and Addictions Provincial Systems Navigator helps improve the client’s mental health journey by
  • increasing knowledge/awareness
  • problem solving to figure out next steps;
  • consider options to help find the right mental health or addiction service; and/or;
  • help make connections.
Contact Barry Hewitt by phone at 709-752-3916 or 1-877-999-7589 or by email at video relay service (VRS) calls are welcome
The Mental Health Crisis Phone Line is a free, confidential service available province-wide, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Toll Free 811 ACCESS: Text and Video Relay Service (VRS) line are available for individuals who may be hard-of hearing, identify as having communication disability, or are Deaf. For texting, download the 811 NL HealthLine app in Apple and Google Play app stores VRS number is 1-888-834-1252  
Mobile Crisis Response Team members are sent into the community to help someone who is experiencing a crisis. Teams are usually available from 9 am to 11 pm by calling:  811 Health Line. 811 (the Mental Health Crisis Line has moved to the 811 Health Line - 811 will answer 24 hours a day, 7 days a week) ACCESS: Text and Video Relay Service (VRS) line are available for individuals who may be hard-of hearing, identify as having communication disability, or are Deaf. For texting, download the 811 NL HealthLine app in Apple and Google Play app stores VRS number is 1-888-834-1252 The St. John`s Team can be reached seven days a week between 10:00 am and 10:00 pm. There are teams in Gander, Grand Falls-Windsor, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador West and Corner Brook., an online support for people working through grief and loss or supporting someone who is grieving. is also an educative tool for those working in health care.
NICE has Tools (information and tips) on Caregiving, Dementia, End of Life Issues, Elder Abuse, and more.
Mobile Smiles is a fully mobile and accessible dental hygiene service. Their dental hygienist will provide oral healthcare where you live. Fees are comparable with NL Dental Association fee guide. Treatment cost are different for each client depending on needs assessment. There is no extra charge for a home visit.
Osteoporosis Canada works to educate, empower and support individuals and communities in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis (a disease in which the bones become less dense increasing the possibility of bone fracture).
This section describes the various government-related entities or individuals that have a focus on seniors as part of their mandate.
Parkinson Canada provides support services and education to people living with Parkinson’s disease, their families, and the health care professionals who treat them.
Access to Sexual Health services is a concern for seniors.  Planned Parenthood-NL Sexual Health Centre clinics,  inclusive and safe spaces for all adults, are staffed by caring professionals and medical professionals.  Sexual Health Clinics for: pap testing; breast exams; screening and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs); trans health; testicular exams; and planned parenthood. The sexual health clinics operate on an appointment only basis; there are no walk-in clinics. Call us to book an appointment at (709) 579-1009 or 1-877-666-9847 Toll free Email:
Walk-in services are available 24 hours a day, year round. Treatment of referral to other services can be provided based on the outcome of this assessment. 3 “holding beds” used for further observation (maximum 23 hours) All clients are seen by Psychiatric Nurse and Physician No referral needed Serves St. John’s, Rural Avalon, and Labrador
The Emergency Department is staffed on a 24-hour basis by a registered nurse with mental health experience, who is available to see and assess all patients with a mental health problem. The department also has access, when the need arises, to a 24-hour on-call coverage by a psychiatrist and psychiatric staff. (Eastern Health)
Caregivers, doctors, nurses, counsellors, and other health workers, responding to emergency situations such as natural disasters or terror attacks, sometimes need to be reminded that a nonstop response can lead to physical and emotional wear and tear. Without attention to self-care, caregivers' usefulness and finally their health will suffer.
Federal/Provincial/Territorial Ministers Responsible for Seniors Forum is a group from different levels of governments created to share information, discuss new and up-and-coming issues related to seniors, and work together on key projects.
It is the responsibility of Health Professionals to prevent harm from medication incidents. Consumers can also play a vital role such as reporting mistakes made by doctors, nurses, or pharmacists to the government.
The Seniors and Aging Division works with other government departments and agencies to promote healthy aging across the lifespan and acts as a centre of knowledge on seniors and aging.
Do you want to Stop Smoking? Wish to make a quit attempt? There are several Smoking Cessation Programs available: 1.Quit Smoking & Vaping Program (Medication Therapy Services Clinic) is a pharmacist-led clinic will offer smoking cessation services including medication and counseling. For more information, call 709-864-2274 and leave a brief message or e-mail: NOTE: This program often has a wait list. Administrators regularly review the list and may close the list to new referrals on a temporary basis from time-to-time. Please check the website or call the clinic to see if they are accepting new clients. Do you want to quit smoking nicotine but NOT ready to set a quit date? They will also help you with that. 2. NL Smoking Cessation Program for Individuals with Low Income (Department of Health and Community Services) The Newfoundland and Labrador Smoking Cessation Program assists with the cost of medications (Champix® and Zyban®) and nicotine replacement therapy products (nicotine patch, gum, lozenge, inhaler and Quick Mist) that are proven to help with quitting smoking. Eligible: Adults aged 18 years and older, under the Newfoundland and Labrador Prescription Drug Program (NLPDP) Access, Foundation (Income Support), or 65+ Plans of the NLPDP are eligible for coverage under the Smoking Cessation Program.
The Ruah Counselling Centre offers a variety of programs, classes,  and counselling services to families, couples, and individuals. The Lantern is located at 35 Barnes Road, St. John's. Telephone:(709) 579-0168 or Email:
The Thyroid Foundation of Canada is a volunteer organization whose mission is to support thyroid patients across Canada through awareness, education, and research.
There are shelters for abused women and their children in this province.  These shelters have an emergency crisis line and helpful staff. The Transition Housing Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (THANL) website provides 1-800 crisis numbers, local phone numbers, and e-mail addresses for local shelters in NL.  
Video series: Dementia and Caregiving. Family caregivers share their personal experiences and talk about the importance of social connections.
Violence Prevention- Avalon East is one of ten ten Regional Coordinating Committees, working together with community and government agencies to end violence in homes and communities. CONTACT by Telephone: 709-757-0137 or by E-mail: Avalon East area  ​(St. John`s to Mount Pearl, Bell Island, Conception Bay South, the Southern Shore to St. Shotts, and Torbay to Portugal Cove.
Violence Prevention East was formerly known as Eastern Region Committee Against Violence or ERCAV. VP East is one of ten Regional Coordinating Committees that work to increase awareness of all forms of violence.  The provincial Violence Prevention Initiative Services (through the Office for the Status of Women) supports the RCCs through a grants program and other activities. It is a non-profit, volunteer committee, made up of individuals from both government and community. They meet regularly in the Clarenville-Bonavista area of NL to discuss issues relating to violence. Contact by Telephone: 466-4676 or E-mail:  
The Humberwood Centre offers a program of recovery and personal growth to residents of Newfoundland and Labrador. There is no fee for NL health card holders, MCP.  It has many years of experience treating people with addictions to alcohol, drugs and/or gambling. Call 709-634-4506

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