RiverBend Kamloops has a bi-weekly Blood Pressure Clinic that was initiated by residents!
A lot of the activities are resident driven, says Ann LaFrance, the Recreation Manager at RiverBend Mayfair in Kamloops. “They come to us and tell us what they want to do and we support them.”
Joan and Doris have over 80 years of healthcare experience between them and so it made perfect sense for them to partner up and host the bi-weekly clinic when they both moved to RiverBend. Every second Wednesday the pair set up in the RiverBend lobby and check other residents Blood Pressure, they then write it on a small card for the resident and also log it in their own notebook so they can see how it has fluctuated over the past two weeks.
“We watch for a change in the numbers and then suggest they consider eating better, adding in more movement or perhaps consider seeing their doctor,” Joan says.
The pair see about 25 people each clinic and there is always some fun to be had as well. “Sometimes there is even a healthy competition between husband and wives,” Joan laughs.
RiverBend Prince George also has a monthly Blood Pressure Clinic.