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                                       January 2017


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iCare Home Health is pleased to bring you the January 2017 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.


A Breath of Fresh Air
Tips for Taking Care of Your Lungs

Quick! Which two bodily organs do you use the most? Chances are you said the eyes and the heart. It’s true; our hearts keep us alive and the eyes are constantly in use. But, what about the lungs? We use our lungs 24 hours a day, even while we are sleeping. We can get by without sight, but not without breathing. Though always being utilized, we don’t think about our lungs or their health nearly enough. We need to break that habit; especially when it comes to lung care in the elderly. Learn More

 

Managing Your Personal Taxes 2016-17
Tax assistance for long-term elder care

In this special feature, we summarize the income tax assistance available to those who require long-term care, as well as the families who support them. In general, tax assistance for long-term care is provided in three broad categories:
  • Non-refundable tax credits for individuals who meet certain eligibility criteria
  • Tax relief for the cost of attendant care or institutional care
  • Tax relief for other itemized medical expenditures
 Learn More



Looking for a way to soothe the mind? How about something to bring inner peace? Need a creative outlet? There is an energy in all of us that needs outlet; a way for us to burn it off and feel better. Some find that outlet in sports; others in games and socialization. Still others find the best way release that energy is through art. Have you considered art therapy for your loved one? You might find that it helps even more than you expectedLearn More


Asthma 
Not Just For Children

Google “Asthma and Kids” and see what comes up. You will find an endless array of online literature, websites, information, and videos on children and asthma. This is a good thing; almost 2.5 million Canadians suffer from asthma[1].  Asthma is often more associated with children than other age groups. But, what about older adults and seniors who suffer from it? Information is out there, but it isn’t as expansive. Over 420,000 Canadians over the age of 65 have asthma.[2] It is a growing problem as the numbers increase every year. There needs to be a shift in focus on older adults and asthma.Learn More

Spotlight on our Web Site


New Blog Category: 

We are pleased to debut “Caring for Elderly Parents” under the new blog category, The Caring Forum. 

Martie Whittaker, a writer by profession, moved from Ottawa to Oakville to provide to care for her ageing mom. She chronicled  the challenges that a family caregiver goes through in a blog that we know would be a benefit to readers who are struggling with the same challenges.  A Caring primer below, is the first instalment of Martie’s work.




It’s the hardest job I’ve ever had. It’s crazy sometimes! Other times, I feel like I’m on a rollercoaster. My job? I care for my elderly mother who has dementia. And for six years, Mom has been able to live at home. In 2009 I moved from my home in the Ottawa area to Oakville, where I bought a condo in the same building as my mother. The idea was that I would be handy to help her out if, or when, necessary. Learn More

In Our Community


Bond. James Bond. 
Join us at the annual Forget Me Not Gala in support of the programs and services offered at Alzheimer Society Peel.
The evening begins with a cocktail reception where you can get your martini shaken, not stirred. This also includes the opportunity to try several tasty hors d’oeuvres while mingling. The Gala also features a delicious meal to be enjoyed along with live music, various entertainments and an auction.
So…get your tux ready, find a dress, polish your shoes and come as your favourite Bond character for a night you won’t forget! If you have any questions, please contact Rosalyn at 905-278-3667 x208. 
iCare Home Health a supporter of the Alzheimer Society

NEW:
iCARE Expressive Art Program (iCEAP)

Expressive art making enriches our lives. Painting, drawing, and sculpture can be used to communicate ideas, stimulate the senses and touch our emotions. Have some fun by exploring the use of different art materials.

Expressive art making can have a positive effect on your health. The iCare Expressive Art Program (iCEAP) is a support service facilitated by our Artist in Residence. She is a practicing professional artist with graduate level training in counseling and 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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