“Tancook 101- Everything you need to know about life on Big Tancook Island”

The “Tancook 101” booklet (link below)  was developed to provide island residents with important information about health service providers who will travel to Tancook when needed.

For newcomers and people interested in exploring Tancook as a place to live, this booklet includes other pertinent information.

We are grateful to the Nova Scotia Department of Seniors “Age-friendly Communities Grant” program for funding our “Big Tancook Island: Creating a Community of Care” project as submitted by the Big Tancook Island Emergency Response Association (BTIERA).

Tancook 101 Booklet 

BTIERA Training

The past two weeks involved a couple of training sessions for the Big Tancook Island Emergency Response fire defensive team with vehicle extrication training on October 30th and Standard First Aid on November 8th and 9th.

Health Day Update

On Sept. 10, we were fortunate to spend the afternoon with three health professionals who shared their knowledge and experiences with us as part of our BTIERA “Age-Friendly Communities” project. We were all so happy with  the attendance as the level of interest shown will likely mean that additional workshops and presentations will be offered in the future.

The first presenter and organizer of this event was Jennifer Briand,  Western Caregiver Support Coordinator for Caregivers Nova Scotia. Jennifer provided us with an overview of services and programs that are available to all Nova Scotians including an explanation of Continuing Care programs, financial programs available and an overview of the ‘transitions in care’ information from the CaregiversNS website. Transitions in Care

Then Cheryl MacKay from the Alzheimer Society Nova Scotia (ASNS) discussed caring for someone with dementia and she gave an overview of symptom management.

Finally, Robin Philip, Occupational Therapist and member of the “Seniors’ Community Health Team” discussed  fall prevention in the home. This team visits seniors in their homes to assess and meet their health care needs. The team includes a Dietician, Nurse, Occupational Therapist, Pharmacist, Physiotherapist, Social Worker and a Geriatrician.


Contact information you may find helpful:
Jennifer Briand – Caregiver Support  902.521.5592  western@caregiversNS.org
Cheryl MacKay – Alzheimer Society   902.422-7961
alzheimer@asns.ca
Robin Philip – OT  902.634.7015

Thanks to Jane for the photos.

Good News for Tancook

Several months ago, the Nova Scotia Department of Seniors announced their Age-friendly Communities Grant program. We submitted an application to this program through BTIERA and have just been informed that our application was successful. As a result we have been awarded a grant to accomplish the following four goals:

  1. Survey island residents to assess which health services they currently need or may need in the years ahead.
  2. Conduct thorough research to determine which health service providers are willing to come to Tancook Island.
  3. Create a print resource to be made available to all island residents documenting who to contact for specific health services based on the research results.
  4. Establish a cohort of trained volunteers to help residents age-in-place as long as possible. (This includes palliative care training.)