TR Cares Medical Shuttle Service

TR CARES is designed to support the social and health needs of the community by providing a society under which groups of volunteers may operate specific programs without the necessity of each obtaining its own society or charitable status. Member groups will have the advantage of sharing resources such as: equipment, facilities, expertise, fund-raising initiatives, and a volunteer pool. The Society makes a concerted effort to work positively with other local societies and strives to ensure there is no duplication of service. Whenever possible the Society intends to partner with other entities in the community to delivery services in the most cost efficient and effective manner.

The Society is developing a Medical Shuttle service Program. The need for a service to transport people to out-of-town medical appointments was identified at the 49 Forever Seniors Issues Steering Committee meeting in November, 2003. A service delivery plan has been created and contract negotiations with Northern Health are nearing completion. TR CARES has been doing trail runs and expects to launch the Northern Health funded service in late February. The contract includes funding for a leased van. Initially the service will run one day per week between Tumbler Ridge and Dawson Creek (Thursdays). The service will be available to anyone who meets the Northern Health requirements.

The Northern Health Requirements are:

Is a British Columbia resident and has a valid BC CARE CARD

Does not require medical care duing transportation

Is traveling for a physicain referred medical service or to access a health service that is not available in the home community.

Or has been transported outside the community by ambulance and needs return travel home. A passenger may be accompanied if a child must go or if a companion is necessary.

Plans for expansion are for service going to Chetwynd, Fort St. John and Grande Prairie.

The volunteer component of the program is designed for a program coordinator ((manger), an assistant and at least five drivers.

Currently there is an interim coordinator and four registered drivers. Persons interested in volunteering, either as drivers or program coordnators, are most welcome. Contact Jan Kohlhauser at 242-5872 for more information.

We wish to thank Lakeview Credit Union and all the generous members who contributed to the Christmas Stocking fund. We especially appreciate the extra effort of the Lakeview staff, conducting a fundraising event during what must be the busiest time of the year.