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Respite

The Easter House Bed & Breakfast, also known as the B&B, is a unique home where adults with diverse abilities who live with family or caregivers can enjoy a vacation away from home in an atmosphere that can be lively, relaxing, or both. Families, caregivers and friends can feel comfortable knowing that the employees at the B&B are skilled and enthusiastic Residential Care Workers who provide safe, caring, fun and entertaining experiences for all guests.

The home is creatively decorated with three themed respite bedrooms, two of which are accessible for individuals who use wheelchairs, and relaxing common room that leads onto a private outdoor patio where individuals can enjoy a BBQ meal surrounded by raised gardens. Supported twenty-four hours a day by at least one Residential Care Worker on duty, guests at the B&B have many social opportunities. They can reacquaint with old friends, including the two individuals who call the B&B home, and meet new friends, too, who are also enjoying a vacation there. Our guests enjoy many activities such as cooking and baking, arts and crafts, playing video games, β€œspa” or movie nights, hockey and pyjama parties, hosting BBQs with friends or enjoying the propane fire on the patio, attending parties, sporting, and musical events. As one guests says, β€œThe B&B rocks!”

The care workers at the Bed & Breakfast are thoroughly trained in all aspects of personal support for persons with diverse abilities, including but not limited to personal care, medication administration, mobility equipment operation, and safety practices. As needed, specific training can be done for a new guest prior to their first stay. This licensed facility is fully wheelchair accessible and can accommodate a wide variety of health needs including gastrostomy tube feeding, oxygen, colostomy or ileostomy care, and all needs relating to daily personal care. The Bed & Breakfast owns a large selection of mechanical lifts, eating and bathing aides, a wheel-in shower, and a specialized, accessible bathtub.

The Manager and the care workers continuously monitor any special needs or health concerns of the guests. External supports in the form of Nurses, Registered Dieticians, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, and other Health Services for Community Living (HSCL) professionals supplement the care provided by ILHS if needed.

Guests staying at the B&B are referred to us through Community Living BC; they must be 19 years or older and receive funding through CLBC. Preference may be given to those who use a wheelchair or have significant mobility issues. Guests must also be compatible in a shared living space with other individuals who may be vulnerable.

Testimonials

As a very young and nearly graduated RCW, I walked into a job fair and handed my resume to the very first table I saw. Now, nearing 20 years, ILHS has not only been an organization that helps support people to live independently and with purpose, ILHS has become an extended family. They have consistently supported the workers to support the individuals in care. There have been times were we have all laughed so hard we cry, and times where tears float up because of long ago memories of pure butterfly moments. As staff, we are living and helping side by side with the Individuals we support and for this, I am truly grateful for that red door that opened all those years ago.

- Michelle, Residential Care Worker

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