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                                       December 2015


Hello,

iCare Home Health is pleased to bring you the December 2015 issue of our Newsletter, a great source of news and updates about healthy aging, community events and family caregiving. Please share this with your friends and family.


‘Twas Christmas Morning, and Yada Yada…We Now Serve Postal Code
H0H 0H0!!

iCare Home Health
is the official Santa Claus Home Health Agency.

Oh I remember…frost on the rooftops, the crisp early morning air, but unlike any other morning…that day, the iCare Home Health Assessment Requests phone rang…a Jingle! Yes…a Jingle!! Our nurse, Joy, came running into my office…short and almost out of breath..she screamed…”You won’t believe who’s on the phone!”…..Click Here for full story and related video


7 Ways to Manage Stress through the Holidays

The holidays are typically a time of stress for many of us. Some worry about finances and/or finding that perfect gift, some feel frustrated finding enough time to spend with family & friends. For those who have lost a loved one, they may feel stress due to loneliness at this time of year.
Here are a few tips to help keep us on track to have a holiday season as stress free as humanly possible: Learn More


Taking Care of the Caregiver…YOU!

If you happen to be a family caregiver, there’s a high chance that you are spending most of your time taking care of someone else; and in the process, it is easy to neglect yourself. You are so busy anticipating and meeting the needs of the person that you are caring for that you may not realize that you are physically exhausted and emotionally drained. The reality is that if you are not healthy, you won’t even be capable of taking care of anyone else. You are the rock so you need to keep yourself strong. Let’s discuss how to take care of YOU:…   Learn More

 

How to Protect Seniors from Falling

Falling is unpleasant for everyone, but for seniors it could dangerous or even life threatening. Even small falls can cause injuries that may affect seniors for the rest of their lives. It’s always good to stop and consider the steps that can be taken to protect the seniors in your care from falling: Learn More


iCare Home Health
a Nominee for the 
2015 Oakville Awards FOR BUSINESS EXCELLENCE

The OABE is a program of the Rotary Club of Oakville West in partnership with the Oakville Chamber of Commerce recognizing local entrepreneurs and businesses for the invaluable contribution they make to the Oakville community. The OABE gala dinner will take place on March 23, 2016
 
“We are grateful to a our team members who work hard everyday and are committed in heart and mind to live our brand values to deliver the best care possible to our clients. The nomination is a beautiful gesture in recognition of our Make a Difference effort in the communities where we live and serve. We are looking forward to hopefully winning our category Professional Service Provider of the Year Award“, says Rick Menassa, President, iCare Home Health.

Ten awards for business excellence in 2014 were presented to Oakville’s outstanding businesses and entrepreneurs. Click here for 2014 award recipients


Spotlight on Technology
Healthcare Ecosphere
Driving innovation in healthcare
Introducing entrepreneurs to hospitals seeking innovative solutions.

The Healthcare Ecosphere (HCE) is a specialized ventureLAB program that connects hospitals with entrepreneurs, together with health services providers and academic institutions necessary, to guide and develop the unique innovations needed by healthcare organizations. Partners include MaRS Discovery District & several healthcare organizations.

We were honoured to secure a coveted spot at the event to present the latest technology that would boost hospitals and healthcare providers shrinking resources to deliver the healthcare services that Ontarian’s expect. Watch this spot for  iCare Home        Health‘ own initiative!!


In Our Community 
International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

December 3rd Tribute celebrates Persons with Disabilities from all across the Greater Toronto Area. The event rotates venues from east to west every year. This year, Hiram Joseph, renowned gospel singer, sang some heart warming songs. Elvis impersonator brought The King back to life in between awards being given to people who in spite of their challenges, serve and make a difference in our communities. iCare Home Health is a proud supporter of the event every year. 


Top 10 things you need to know about the OTMH move on December 13:
1. At 6:00 a.m., all services and the Emergency Department at the legacy OTMH at 327 Reynolds Street will permanently close.
2. At 6:00 a.m., the Emergency Department at the new OTMH located at 3001 Hospital Gate will open.
3. We expect to see higher than average patient visits in the new Emergency Department after is opens which may impact wait times.
4. To assist with safely moving our patients, managing volumes and delivering care to the sickest patients on move day, the community is encouraged to seek care for non-life-threatening illness or injury from their family doctor, a walk-in clinic, or call Telehealth at 1.866.797.0000
5. The new OTMH is located at 3001 Hospital Gate.
6. For a map and directions to the new OTMH,click here

7. The main phone number will remain the same: 905.845.2571

8. All inpatients will be moved in one day

9. Patient visitation on move day will be restricted to 5:00-8:00 p.m. After December 13, there are no specified visiting hours. However, in the hospital, quiet time has been designated from the hours of 10:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m. every day to promote a restful healing environment for our patients.

10. Outpatient clinics will not be open on December 13. Please contact your clinic for their reopening date.




iCare Therapeutic Art Program (TAP)

Expressive art making can have a therapeutic effect on a person’s health. This basic premise is the foundation on which we have developed the Therapeutic Art Program (TAP) as part of the iCare Cognitive Stimulation support service. The program is facilitated by an Artist in Residence who is a practicing artist with graduate level training in art therapy…Learn More


iCare Home Health and iCare Navigator endeavour to provide our clients the tools to help meet their varied health care needs. The services on the resources page are offered by community (private or non-profit), provincial or national agencies and could be accessed separately or in different combinations based on patient and family needs. 

However we also know that every situations is different, and you may require iCare Navigator services to assess your personal situation! Nominal service fees maybe applicable for iCare Navigator support services. For more information, please complete and submit the “Contact an Advocate” form on this page. 


                                                               
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