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                                               July 2015


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iCare Home Health is pleased to bring you the July 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.


Happy Canada Day! 
Need Healthcare? The Federal store is closed! 

 

Canada is facing an important next step in our medicare history. In 2014, the current health care accord – the deal that sets funding and health care service delivery agreements between the federal and provincial and territorial governments – expired. The federal government continues to ignore calls by the provinces and territories to work on a deal, and shockingly announced $36 billion worth of health care cuts which will come into effect after the next federal election in 2015.

 

The Council of Canadians, Canada’s largest citizens’ organization, with members and chapters across the country, believes public health care needs to be protected, strengthened and expanded.  Everyone – provincial and territorial governments, First Nations and the federal government – should come together to negotiate a health care accord that delivers better, more efficient, quality public health care. The accord should include a national pharmacare program and better home care and long term care for our aging population.

Talk to your local MP and make your voice heard. Happy Canada Day! 

 


8 ESSENTIALS OF SELF CARE
I was surprised to learn that there is actually a day devoted to looking after ourselves…INTERNATIONAL SELF CARE DAY is July 24th. AMAZING! 

 

Sadly this is a sign of the times!  Everything is fast paced, people are too busy and the most important thing we own – OUR BODY – often gets neglected!  We take for granted what the human body is capable of and its only when we suffer with a health condition that we take notice, but we need to honour ourselves and not just on one day but EVERY DAY!

To me, “self care” means:Learn More

 

TELUS CEO Joe Natale on the future of healthcare – 
Worth Repeating

Is it time for cash strapped public funded health care systems to seriously consider partnering with private sector solution providers to deliver the best care that Canadians deserve vs. good enough? 
 Joe Natale, TELUS President and CEO, recently delivered a powerful keynote address on the importance of technology in improving Canada’s healthcare system and on how TELUS is transforming the delivery of healthcare information across the continuum of care.   Watch Video


iCare Home Health 2.0

We’ve come a long way from our initial four page website launched few years ago! iCare Navigator, Therapeutic Art Program, Handyman at Home, Genius at Home and more are all part of our  
“Individual Care” effort to customize our offering based on our customer’s needs. Our Services menu continues to grow and we are expanding our coverage areas. Thanks to your overwhelming support, we are Making a Difference! 

Watch this space for more exciting news coming soon. 

Spotlight on Technology

Intelechip: 
The Evolution of Medicine Dispensing to Patients with Accessibility Challenges. 

Most people take it for granted that they can visually access and mentally remember to dispense their medication in a timely manner.

For the visually challenged, sufferers of dementia and alzheimer, seniors and other people with disabilities, medicine dispensing can a very challenging process. 

The Intelechip integrates patient specific data into the original medicine packaging at pharmacy dispensing system for audio playback by the patient with accessibility issues. 

Pharmaceutical Innovation Ltd. developed the Intelechip to level the playing field. A solution to pharmacies struggling to comply with Accessibility Laws in the US and Canada. 

The Intelechip is getting support from Canada’s and Ontario’s own MaRS Discovery District; and thumbs up from the CNIB, SunnyBrook Research Centre and others. 

In Our Community

Residents were invited to celebrate and share the Pan Am spirit! Oakville’s community spirit shone bright when the Pan Am flame arrived in Centennial Square on Tuesday, June 23 as part of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay. The torch proceeded to Burloak harbour with a complete foltilla in tow. CharterAbility‘s boat team lead the relay with media and photographers on board. Thanks to Stephen Cull, iCare Home Health logo is proudly featured among the sponsors on the CharterAbility boat.  



The Ontario Senior Games (OSGA) Halton 2015 in Milton

What a way to celebrate Seniors Month! The Ontario Senior Games (OSGA) Halton is a testament to the “You’re only as old as you think” belief. Thank to all the other sponsors for their participation and collaboration to keep Seniors Active. 

iCare Home Health is a proud sponsor of the OSGA Halton and the District Awards Banquet held at the Milton Seniors Centre. 

Congratulations to all.  A special thanks to the OSGA Halton coordinators and volunteers..


Seniors Month Celebrations in Mississauga

Mississauga Seniors Centre celebrated Seniors Month with an avalanche of activities and events that were very well attended. 

Great people, great music and the ice cream was a hit!!! “I scream, we all scream for ice cream”. Thank you Mississauga. iCare Home Health is proud to be a regular sponsor!

Alzheimer Society Peel – Make Memories Matter


 

iCare Home Health is proud to be a Gold Sponsor of the 2015 Walk for Alzheimer’s event. 

 

The 350 people who came to support Alzheimer Society Peel were greeted with great weather, good music, amazing food by milestones and a fun 5K Walk/ or Run for a great cause. Cause. 


 
For those who supported the various teams and individual participants, thank YOU. Monies raised in Peel will go towards our community based programs including, counselling, day programs, education and respite care.

Alzheimer & Dementia Resources

Alzheimer & Dementia Services

 


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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