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                                       March 2017


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iCare Home Health is pleased to bring you the March 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.


Glaucoma Awareness

Glaucoma is a degenerative eye disease associated with fluid pressure that typically affects people over 60 years of age with Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, severe myopia (near sighted), previous eye trauma, smokers and those with long term steroid use such as corticosteroids/antihistamines or family history of the disease. It can damage the optic nerve causing loss of vision if left untreated and is the #1 cause of blindness. Many scientists believe that stress and nutritional deficiencies and lack of collagen are just a few of the causes. Learn More 


Driving and Dementia – How to Handle It

There is a reason we need a licence to drive: our lives, and the lives of those around us, may depend on it. We often forget, but driving is a responsibility that cannot be taken for granted. Drivers are in control of a 3,000-pound vehicle moving at high speeds surrounded by other 3,000-pound vehicles also going at high speeds. A simple mistake or distraction can lead to instant maiming or death. Requiring focus, quick reactions, and good judgement, operating a vehicle is a work-out of the…


The Importance of Being Ready for a Hospital Discharge

Being discharged after a lengthy stay in the hospital does not always mean that the ordeal is over. Often, it is just the next step to recovery. While our loved one is in the hospital, we are so focused on their health that we often forgot about what happens after the discharge. The continuity of the care between the hospital and home cannot be compromised. Sadly, this is often the case with elderly patients. Learn More

 

Embrace Change!
“You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” It’s a dismissive saying that we have all heard a thousand times; usually uttered by someone who either can’t or won’t commit to the work needed to make a positive change in their lives. Of course, if you subscribe to this line of thought, it will be very hard to make a change. But, there is no factual basis to it. There is no scientific, medical, or logical reason we cannot make positives changes later in life; Learn More

 
A Caring Primer:


Does Mom (or Dad) Have Dementia?

Everyone develops some memory problems as they age. Where did I leave my keys?  Which floor did I park on?  Where is the dog’s leash?  Heavens!  I’m only 56 and these are questions I regularly ask myself!
So when Mom or Dad starts to become mildly forgetful, you don’t panic. You see it as a normal consequence of aging; right up there with wrinkles and a new passion for shuffle board (a game I really enjoy, by the way!)... Learn More

In Our Community


Our Local Hospital Needs your Help! 

Please support the $1.5 million urgent equipment appeal for Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital. 

 Your gift will be matched dollar for dollar before March 31st (up to $500,000).
To donate or learn more, Click here


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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