Home and community care

Tl’azt’en Home and Community Care strives to empower elders, families, individuals living with chronic or significant disease, and the community generally – to maintain and / or improve overall health in order to achieve optimum wellness through the life span.

Our Home and Community Care Program will promote health and independence by providing support to families and individuals, recognizing the abilities of all persons.  It will adapt care plans to enable the clients, their families and the home care staff to meet the needs of the client collectively.  Through a Quality Care approach, Home Care will strive to ensure the essential needs of comfort, safety, dignity and privacy are met and will do so in the spirit of a team approach.

Services Offered

Home and Community Care offers clinical and home care support both at the health centre and in the home environment.  Home support includes services such as wellness monitoring, medication management, education and assistance with activities of daily living.  Clinical services include higher level nursing services, supporting clients to establish and attend medical appointments, collaboration with nurse practitioners / physicians to plan reasonable and appropriate care for clients.  In addition, the program and staff strive to help with transportation challenges for individuals in need.

Successful Projects

Ongoing Elders Tea – supports elders gathering in the community on a regular basis
Lunch Program – Provides a lunch to each client at least once a week
Annual Elders Gathering – External gathering annually to support social networking, having “Fun” and to  learn about current activities / best practices which support elders in First Nation Communities
Brown Bag Program – Gathers unused medications in the community annually to reduce risk of accidental medication misuse for all community members
Relevant Public Program Affiliations

Home Care is closely affiliated with; and supported by First Nations Health Authority as well as the FNHA Home and Community Care Clinical Nursing Advisors.  In addition we communicate and collaborate with local and Regional Hospitals, Mental Health, Public Health and local physicians.  Specialists rely extensively on our program to ensure that clients are aware of and able to attend important appointments.  Home Care coordinates annual Mobile Screening Mammography and helps supports semi-annual hearing and vision screening as well.

Clients and community members are invited to see the spectrum of services which the First Nations Health Authority now has responsibility for delivering.  Visit www.fnha.ca for further information on services offered.  Also contact Northern Health www.northernhealth.ca for information on local hospitals and services including Northern Health Connections bus service out of Fort St. James on Wednesdays of each week.  For specific information on diseases, immunizations and other health related topics visit www.healthlinkbc.ca .  Please call the Tl’azt’en Health Centre at 250 648 3350 if you do not have a current copy of the BC Health Guide.

Prenatal Care

We aim to assist in healthy pregnancies and babies and give 0-6 year olds for their best chance at healthy development.
We provide many services to our members, including:
Information on Healthy Eating
Infant Development Program
Prenatal sessions
Overwaitea Tours
Information sessions on many subjects (eg. FASD)
Nobody’s Perfect Program
Your Baby Can Read
Prenatal visits with nurse
Bring clients to appointments
Eagle’s Nest Program
Ages to Stages
Women’s health
Newborn home visits
We have had many successful projects including:
Healthy babies
Your Baby Can Read
Nobody’s Perfect
Infant Development Program

Family Support Worker
Michelle Pierre is the family support worker.
For more information, please contact Michelle Pierre at 250-648-3350

Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative

The Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative Programs aims to:
Increase physical activity and healthy eating habits to decrease prevalence of risk factors (e.g. obesity)
Increase access to screening and improve detection of diabetes
Improve quality of life for those living with diabetes, and fewer complications (improve diabetes management)
Improve collaboration and partnership
Increase awareness and knowledge of diabetes, risk factors, complications and prevention strategies
Increase participation in the delivery of programs and supports; and
Improve community supports to prevent diabetes
Some of the programs that we were successful bringing to the community was:
Diabetic Mobile Clinic (Attends yearly) (CSTC)
Able to work with Nurse Practitioner and Nurses to help maintain diabetes management
Monthly Diabetes Workshops (Nurse) & Luncheons
Developed program (HEAL)-Healthy Eating Active Living – designed to teach about portion sizes, healthy foods, and energy requirements
Providing Splenda to Current Diabetic Clients
Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative worker
Tl’azt’en Nation Health
(250) 648-3350
Canadian Diabetes Association – https://www.diabetes.ca/
Dietician – Contact admitting for booking for more information at (250) 996-8201
Diabetic Counselor – Referral made by your doctor

Medical Transportation Program

Tl’azt’en Nation Health strives
“To empower Tl’azt’en Nation’s members to choose a Healthier lifestyle by providing holistic health programs which encourage their spiritual, mental, emotional and physical well-being.”
Tl’azt’en Nation Health hosts various workshops, Health Fairs so we work hard to get the message to the Community Members how to choose to live a healthier lifestyle.
Health Benefits Program
It provides supplementary benefits for a range of medical good and services to registered First Nations.  To meet medical or dental needs NOT covered by Provincial, Territorial or other third party insurance.
Medical Transportation
The Medical Transportation Program provides supplementary benefits intended to ensure that eligible clients have access to medically-required services.
It is not intended to cover all costs that may be associated with a client’s medical condition and travel requirements.
In order to determine eligibility for medical transportation benefits for a specialist appointment, the client must provide the following documentation:
– a referral from a general practitioner/family doctor
– confirmation of appointment from the health provider/facility.
Travel expenses will only be considered for services that are eligible through the BC Medical Service Plan or covered by First Nations Health Authority and is to the closest appropriate medical professional and/or facility.
Clients who are travelling to access medically required services are to schedule their travel arrangements in a timely matter so that they attend their appointments and return home once appointment has been attended.
Clients who choose to stay longer will be responsible for any additional costs and may be required to pay for their return trip back to their community.
After the appropriate medical travel arrangements have been made and the client has attended their appointment, the client should provide confirmation of attendance from the health provider/health facility.
If a Client does not attend a scheduled appointment, the Client may have to assume the cost of the return trip or of the next trip unless proper justification is provided to explain why the Client was unable to attend.
Meals, private accommodation, and mileage are reimbursed at rates established by the Regional Office of Health Benefits.
The Client is responsible for their own transportation costs as the mileage rate is a set rate.
FNHA Health Benefits Info Package (PDF)
For more information, please contact the Health Centre, FNHA Patient Travel Coordinator; 250-648-3350 

Young Fathers

Our mission is to empower Tl’azt’en nation members to choose a healthier lifestyle by providing holistic health programs which encourage their spiritual, mental, emotional and physical well being.
Young Father’s Support Group: Working towards a healthier tomorrow.
The Young Father’s program with coordinator Conrad Joseph provides support for young fathers in our community. We provide fathers with a chance to experience and the knowledge to harvest male moose for winter and freezer food. We also fish, providing food for winter and dried goods. Hunting includes:
Cow moose are strongly prohibited
Spring Hunting: bear, beaver
Spring Fishing: trout, net setting
On going: cleanup our reserve from thorn bushes, boulders, fallen trees and logs and trapline clean up to keep busy, if allowed
Camping outdoors and winter activities such as trapping, snowshoeing, cod fishing, setting nets under ice for char, and hunting, all for cultural knowledge, education, management and for the most support for fathers year round experiences. Building shelters, trapping, building caches (for food storage), fishing, clearing grounds and trails help fathers that need help in all ways, including spiritually and physically.
Young Fathers also learn about traditional food cooking, edible birds and various edible animals and berries.
If you don’t want to talk to any other member, we are here if need be. Everything is kept confidential.
For more information, contact Conrad Joseph, Young Father’s Coordinator at 250-648-3350 or conrad.jose@hotmail.com