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Your Lifestyle… 
         for a Lifetime               January 2015

Hello,

iCare Home Health is pleased to bring you the January 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.


Alzheimer & Dementia Support at Home
Alzheimer & Dementia Support at Home
Loving Care for the Client and Peace of Mind for the Family
Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia can be a challenging journey, not only for the person diagnosed but also for their family members and loved ones. Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or Dementia can seem overwhelming at times, but the more information and support you have, the better you can navigate the demanding road ahead and determine the long-term care options that are best suited to you and your loved one. Learn More


Alzheimer Awareness Month targets women with “The 72%” Campaign.

Women doubly affected says Alzheimer Society

Did you know that women represent 72 per cent of Canadians living with Alzheimer’s disease1? They could be your mothers, wives, sisters, grandmothers or friends – even you. 

The Alzheimer Society is kicking off Alzheimer Awareness Month with a nationwide campaign called The 72%.

It aims to inform women in their 40’s and older about the warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease and how the Alzheimer Society can help. Learn more… 

 


Is This Winter Extreme Cold Making You SAD
What is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)? How to Overcome it!

During these cold months, it’s common for Canadians to avoid the harsh weather and to spend most days inside the comfort of their home or office. However, for many people the winter months bring about seasonal depression, often called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). 

SAD occurs around the same time every year, usually beginning in late fall and continuing until spring or summer. Generally people living in higher latitudes report experiencing SAD, particularly because these regions experience shorter days with less sunlight. As a result, the biological clock that controls sleep, hormones, and mood can run more slowly in the winter and thereby spur seasonal depression in certain people. Learn More


Advocacy

Patient Advocacy corner: Tips for Raising & Resolving Concerns  about Your Healthcare


 

If you have a concern about your healthcare, the best first step is always to talk to your healthcare provider directly.  This is often the fastest and most effective way to resolve the concern.  Never be afraid that your care will be affected because you raise a concern. Learn More


In Our Community 
Halton Healthcare Awarded their 2nd NICHE “Exemplar” Status Award. Congratulations!

NICHE is an international program designed to help hospitals improve the care of older adults. The “Exemplar” status recognizes HHS’ ongoing, high-level commitment to providing exceptional geriatric care throughout its three community hospitals. Halton Healthcare Services (HHS) is the first Canadian hospital to be awarded “Exemplar” status and, in a repeat performance, HHS is awarded an Exemplar status for the second consecutive year. Congratulations to the HHS team and thank YOU for your  high level of commitment to provide exceptional level of care throughout the three community hospitals. iCare Home Health is a proud supporter of Halton Healthcare and we’re honoured for the opportunity to support in the NICHE Award celebration. 

Spotlight on Technology.
CareZone: An App for Family Caregivers

Are you hoping to get more organized in 2015? It can be really difficult to keep track of appointments, medications, important paperwork, and all the different responsibilities for each family member. Caregiving requires planning, a well-maintained schedule, and constant communication. Easier said than done!
In the past few years, some great new technologies have been created to support family caregivers. Today we are taking a look at CareZone, a free app that can be downloaded onto an iPhone, iPad, or Android device. You can also use it online at www.carezone.com. 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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