As things continue to change with the COVID-19 situation, Líl̓wat Nation will continue to update the community. This update, at noon March 19, includes health and operational information. Let’s work together to continue to keep our community healthy. Included in this update is information about: Social Distancing,Protecting Our Elders, Keeping Kids Occupied and Líl̓wat Nation operational changes such as gas station hours.
Líl̓wat Health and Healing asks that people behave lie they already have COVID-19 and act accordingly.
That means employing all the appropriate social distancing protocols, including avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people and making sure a distance of two metres is maintained. You may also want to print out this poster on social distancing to place on your fridge:social-distancing-infograph-eng
Reduce you and your families risk by:
- Frequent and thorough hand washing before leaving, and upon returning, home
- Have one person do all the grocery and pharmacy shopping
- Stay home as much as possible
- Leave your children with a caregiver when venturing out
- Self-isolating if you are not feeling well
Isolation can have a very negative effect on mental health. You can break that isolation by merely calling someone. Reach out to all those who may be feeling stressed, especially our Elders, who are at a higher risk than the general population.
Protecting Our Elders
If you have an Elder living in your home, take a piece of paper and write “An Elder Lives Here” and stick it on your front door. If you know an Elder that is living independently, place a sign on their door. Call you Elders daily to see if they are feeling OK and whether or not they need groceries or medicine picked up for them.
Keeping Kids Occupied
Children and teenagers stuck at home may become bored, experience increased conflict with family, or express stress and frustration in unhelpful ways. When you observe lapses in emotion control (such as temper tantrums), it is essential to place these in context. It can be useful to acknowledge how your child is feeling and help them develop resilient emotional responses by problem-solving a path forward together.
Here are a few ideas to help your kids get through this time of social distancing and self-isolation.
Create a routine for your children and teens
- Kids thrive on routine. Plan a rough daily routine with times for different activities: schoolwork, exercise, chores, creativity or free play, and time on digital devices. By creating a rough routine, you allow kids to know what to expect. For example, you can show them the times you will be fully available to them, and the times you will be busy.
Help them get exercise
- Exercise is critical for young people’s physical and mental health. Opportunities for exercise might include a mini “boot camp” in the backyard, an obstacle course through the house, physically active video games (dance, fitness, boxing), or dance and kids yoga classes on YouTube.
Help them stay social
- Social distancing measures reduce children’s capacity to socialize with friends. What this means Encourage teenagers to continue using social media to bond with friends and peers. If they hear any alarming information about COVID-19 from their friends, it’s important to remind them to verify the information by checking reliable sources such as www.cbc.ca.
- Younger kids can have supervised FaceTime, Zoom, or Skype play-dates may also help provide this connection. And children can write letters or draw cards to then photograph and send digitally to friends and family.
Reduce screen time
- Talk to your child about a new skill they would like to learn or a place they would like to visit and investigate real and virtual possibilities for accessing these. There are endless opportunities to learn new skills together through online platforms such as YouTube.
- Teach children games and skills you enjoy (such as cooking, chess, coding or science experiments).
- Children and teenagers are also strongly motivated by “achievable challenges.” Think creatively about challenges you could take together, such as learning, and using, five Ucwalmícwts words a day. Check out: FirstVoice.com
- Build a living room fort.
- Break out the arts and crafts supplies and commit to two hours of “making” every day.
Effective today, March 19, Líl̓wat Gas has reduced its hours from 7 am to 10:30 pm to 7 am to 9 pm to allow for cleaning and sanitizing of the premises.
Líl̓wat Health and Healing bus service
An LHH driver will be available for prescription pick up and drop off.