Practical, tangible, local: Love in Motion

Castlegar's new outfit is not for profit, but for the good of the community

Discreet Care manager Brittany Norman (back row

Discreet Care manager Brittany Norman (back row

Taking good intentions and doing something with them, right away, is the concept behind the movement called Love in Motion.

Castlegar is home to a fledgling enterprise known as Discreet Care, spawned by Love in Motion BC, part of a growing effort devoted to helping local people.

This is described as a non-profit arrangement, by the way, with money raised sunk right back into the future sustainability of the program.

Discreet Care, in it’s own words, “…is a organization that started up based upon the significant need for ostomy, compression and wound care in the Kootenays. Our goal is to serve our community’s needs in the best beneficial way possible.”

No outfit, however well meaning or well heeled, can do it all. Discreet Care, therefore, has apparently chosen to specialize.

“With Discreet we are servicing the entire Kootenay region in B.C. Canada,” it is asserted on the website (limbc.ca) “…and plan to offer extended service to other remote regions in B.C. We felt there was a need for this type of service, and we are excited to offer Discreet Care for those in our cities who are dealing with sensitive medical issues.”

Nine-year Castlegar resident James McFaddin is one of a half dozen directors of the enterprise, and spoke to the Castlegar News about the program on September 30 from leased space in the lower floor of the New Life Church on 7th Avenue.

“We finished getting the society incorporation set up about two months ago,” said McFaddin. “At the beginning of September we launched Discreet Care, which is a business offering wound-care, ostomy and compression care services.” The spokesman then responded to a question of how those services were decided upon.

“A few of our directors with Love in Motion are involved in the medical field. We saw a need for proper fitting and proper education for folks who are dealing with wearing compression socks, wearing an ostomy bag, and whatnot. And there’s a bit of a gap in some of the things being provided… with fitting and aftercare… something that’s going to feel right on their body.”

McFaddin noted the sensitive nature of this kind of topic, thus the use of ‘Discreet’ in the name of the service.

“A lot of the time people will just kind of settle,” he said, “instead of settling for the best option for them, because it’s an uncomfortable thing to talk about.”

For a start-up effort McFaddin is pleased by the way things are going. He says one of the directors made a recent presentation to a group made up of Interior Health Authority personnel, “…talking about compression therapy and it’s benefits.”

For online information on this new initiative, visit limbc.ca