A Special Appreciation
Thank you to the CPLF staff for the work they’re doing to support our most vulnerable individuals during this unprecedented time. I have been extremely impressed with the innovation and speed at which CPLF staff have altered all programming and outreach to support those we serve. Together, CPLF has successfully adapted to a pandemic of epic proportions and now we must remain diligent until life can return to normal.
Please read through the following resources and notices for up-to-date information on how our organization is prioritizing the safety of our community.
Together, we will get through this.
C.O.O., Calgary Progressive Lifestyles Foundation
CPLF adheres to all AHS pandemic guidelines. In addition, we have the following CPLF-specific pandemic protocols.
- CPLF Current Pandemic Response
- CPLF Arts & Crafts Pandemic Protocol
- CPLF Pandemic Driving Planned Positive Procedure Protocol
- COVID-19 Self Assessment Tool
- Activities from Home: Need to find a way to stay busy and healthy? This resource guide has plenty of ideas.
- Consent for COVID-19 Immunization Form
- Federal COVID-19 Economic Benefit Plans
- COVID-19 info for Albertans
- Information for AHS Staff & Health Professionals
- Alberta Health Services’ guide to using PPE
- Alberta Health Services Vaccine FAQ
Mental Health Resources
- Mental Health Portal: If you need more information related to mental health, visit the Wellness Together Canada: Mental Health and Substance Use Support website. It provides tools and resources to help get Canadians back on track, including modules for addressing low mood, worry, substance use, social isolation and relationship issues.
- Coronavirus: Guidance for Better Mental Health: A great overview and collection of helpful tips to maintain your mental wellbeing during the COVID pandemic. Also includes basic health precautions.
- Mental Health First Aid: The Mental Health Commission of Canada provides a document that serve as a reference guide to help you deal with mental health challenges.
- Miscellaneous Crisis Lines
- Alberta Health Services Mental Health Help Line: 1‑877‑303‑2642, every day 7am-11pm
- Alberta Health Services Addiction Help Line: 1‑866‑332‑2322, every day 7am-11pm
- Canada Suicide Prevention Service: 1-833-456-4566, available 24/7
- KidsHelpPhone: 1-800-668-6868 via phone or text 686868. For anyone aged 20 years and under
- First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness: 1-855-242-3310, available 24/7
- Canadian Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line: 1-866-925-4419
- Trans LifeLine: 1-877-330-6366, all ages.
- Distress Centre Calgary Crisis Line: (403) 266-4357, available 24/7 for Calgary and surrounding areas
- ConnecTeen: (403) 264-TEEN
- Canadian Mental Health Association Crisis line: 1-888-787-2880 or (403) 327-7905, available 24/7 for Chinook Health Region and south part of Calgary
- Calgary Crisis 24 Hours: 1-800-563-6106 or (403) 299-9699
- Additional Free Mental Health Resources
- 9 Mindfulness Exercises to Manage COVID Stress: These helpful activities will help clear your mind and keep you on the right track.
The services provided by CPLF are considered an Alberta essential service and we are committed to meeting this challenge together. CPLF has re-tooled quickly to meet the demands of this new environment we find ourselves in with the following Pandemic Response measures:
- Administrative Offices: Closed to the public. Administration staff are encouraged to work from home whenever possible.
- Lifestyles Bistro & Catered by Lifestyles: Closed until further notice
- On-site group activities and programs: Cancelled until further notice (includes bingo, dances, art classes, etc.). Remote activities and services will be offered in their place (see below)
CPLF Client Services
- Day Programs: Support Staff and clients are to no longer enter each other’s homes unless vitally necessary. Vitally necessary supports are to continue in homes for those clients who are bed ridden, complex needs, and/or guardians working in an essential service such as health care. There may be other extenuating circumstances.
- Driving: Staff can transport clients in their car while observing Pandemic Driving Planned Positive Procedure Protocol.
- Reporting COVID-19 and Limiting Movement: Report any confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 impacting clients or CPLF staff to your Case Manager and/or CPLF Human Resources Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
The basic understanding is that everyone is to be considered asymptomatic with a potential to spread the virus.
If CPLF staff, clients, and/or guardians need any PPE then one needs to contact their Case Manager with a list of items to be issued or refilled. CPLF offers masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, shields, gowns, and thermometers. Upon your request we will co-ordinate a pickup time for you to receive your PPE.
Details are becoming clear on when our CPLF stakeholders will be eligible to receive vaccines. According to Alberta Health Services, CPLF staff will be categorized as Group 2C, which is set to receive the vaccines from April to September. We will continue to post updates as more information becomes available.