How Red Cross is responding to Coronavirus, COVID-19 in Alberta

Red Cross HELP volunteer Mike Pudelko storing walkers

In the context of COVID-19, the Canadian Red Cross is adapting its practices to continue helping with emergencies and work alongside various levels of government and Indigenous leadership in response to the pandemic. 

Here’s how the Red Cross in Alberta is supporting people during this challenging time:

Health Equipment Loan Program (HELP)

At the request of the Alberta Ministry of Health, the Canadian Red Cross is supporting individuals who are transitioning home from the hospital in Alberta. The Red Cross Health Equipment Loan Program (HELP) continues to provide health equipment, such as commodes, walkers, IV poles and wheelchairs, and has increased its capacity during the pandemic to assist more Albertans being discharged from the Alberta health care system to continue their safe recovery at home.
Learn more about HELP

Travellers returning to Canada

The Canadian Red Cross is supporting the Public Health Agency of Canada, providing care and comfort services to returning travellers at four sites – Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal. Services include:

  • Reception, registration, information and resources for those staying in isolation;
  • Meal delivery services, including special meal options for dietary restrictions;
  • Safety and wellbeing support, including wellness checks, referrals for mental health needs and feedback mechanisms;
  • Family reunification, which includes facilitating family connections and re-establishing contact with family members; and
  • Provision of personal items, such as hygiene kits and access to services like mobility aids and prescription medications.

How you can help

The Canadian Red Cross is prepared and ready to support Canadians now during the COVID-19 pandemic and into the spring and summer as we anticipate floods, wildfires and other disasters that will affect families and communities. The best way you can support our work is with a donation now to the Canadian Emergencies & COVID-19 Response Fund.

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