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Vancouver Coastal Health provides health care services through a network of hospitals, primary care clinics, community health centres and residential care homes. Search our health care services in Vancouver, Richmond, North and West Vancouver and along the Sea-to-Sky Highway, Sunshine Coast and BC's Central Coast.

All VCH facilities restricted to essential visits only

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are working closely with the Ministry of Health to protect the health of everyone in B.C., including patients and residents at all Vancouver Coastal Health sites.

Essential visits include:

  • Compassionate care (e.g. end of life, critical illness)
  • Visits paramount to patient, client, resident care and well-being, such as assistance with feeding or mobility
  • Existing registered volunteers providing services related to the above

Long-term care
At our long-term care homes, VCH has issued a Public Health Order further restricting visitation to family members and spiritual advisor of residents who are clinically assessed to be at the end of their lives.

These restrictions are in place to protect the health of our patients, clients, residents, staff and physicians. Thank you for your understanding. We will advise the public when they are lifted.


Information on COVID-19

Information on COVID-19

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It’s Music Therapy Month – learn how music is therapeutic in supporting development, health and well-being.http://www.vch.ca/about-us/news/it’s-music-therapy-month-–-learn-how-music-is-therapeutic-in-supporting-development-health-and-well-beingIt’s Music Therapy Month – learn how music is therapeutic in supporting development, health and well-being.<p class="phsa-rteElement-Paragraph">March is Music Therapy Awareness Month! Music therapy is a discipline in which credentialed professionals use music purposefully within therapeutic relationships to support development, health, and well-being. Music therapists use music safely and ethically to address human needs within cognitive, communicative, emotional, musical, physical, social, and spiritual domains.<br></p><h2 class="phsa-rteElement-Header2">Finding inspiration with every session<br></h2><p class="phsa-rteElement-Paragraph">We recently caught up with Brendan, a music therapist at Minoru Residence in Richmond, to gain a better understanding of his passion for the role. “What I enjoy most is the actual clinical contact I get with the residents," he says. “As music therapists, we are trained to work with the strengths of each person and that everyone has something to offer. I am constantly working on reaching and supporting this ideal in each person I work with."</p><p class="phsa-rteElement-Paragraph">It is inspirational for Brendan when he can see through the process of a music therapy session that had a significant, positive change in the groups' overall affect. “They have gone from withdrawal and indifferent to fully engaged and interested in what is happening."<br></p><p class="phsa-rteElement-Paragraph">While Music therapists mostly work alone in units and facilities, Brendan says he keeps up with his learnings and opportunities by staying in touch with other music therapists. “We get together informally from time to time to share information and learnings," he says. “In my position I am always looking for opportunities to improve the work that I offer to the residents at Minoru."<br></p><h2 class="phsa-rteElement-Header2">What does it take to become a Music Therapist?<br></h2><p class="phsa-rteElement-Paragraph">In Canada, certified music therapists complete a bachelor's or master's degree at a university approved by the Canadian Association for Music Therapists. The degree can include competencies like improvisation, group leadership, counselling skills, musical abilities on a variety of instruments, theories and models of music therapy, creative arts, assessment, and practicum experiences. The degree is followed by a 1,000-hour internship, which usually takes six months full time.<br></p><img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/_RXL2654.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />

 

 

Vancouver Coastal Health mobilizes an alternate care sitehttp://www.vch.ca/about-us/news/news-releases/vancouver-coastal-health-mobilizes-an-alternate-care-siteVancouver Coastal Health mobilizes an alternate care site2020-04-02T07:00:00Z
Vancouver Coastal Health suspends pay parkinghttp://www.vch.ca/about-us/news/news-releases/vancouver-coastal-health-suspends-pay-parkingVancouver Coastal Health suspends pay parking2020-03-30T07:00:00Z
Do your part, stay aparthttp://www.vch.ca/about-us/news/news-releases/do-your-part-stay-apartDo your part, stay apart2020-03-29T07:00:00Z
It’s Music Therapy Month – learn how music is therapeutic in supporting development, health and well-being.http://www.vch.ca/about-us/news/it’s-music-therapy-month-–-learn-how-music-is-therapeutic-in-supporting-development-health-and-well-beingIt’s Music Therapy Month – learn how music is therapeutic in supporting development, health and well-being.2020-03-23T07:00:00Z
Visitor restrictions at all VCH sites http://www.vch.ca/about-us/news/news-releases/visitor-restrictions-at-all-vch-sitesVisitor restrictions at all VCH sites 2020-03-23T07:00:00Z

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