iCare Home Health is pleased to bring you the April 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.
APRIL IS ORAL HEALTH MONTH
Everything that happens in our mouth affects the entire body. Chewing and eating affects DIGESTION and therefore NUTRITIONAL intake. This is why it is especially important to be aware of what we eat for many reasons. Eating a well balanced diet of fresh fruits, vegetables, cheese, nuts and avoiding sugar where possible is key to providing essential vitamins & minerals to keep the mouth and therefore the body healthy.
Preventing Senior Falls
As we grow older, our bodies aren’t as strong as they used to be. It’s a fact that as human beings we don’t want to recognize our loss of strength because it means we’re getting old. The fact is we’re going to get old no matter what. As we get older we are more susceptible to falling and hurting ourselves. The highest cause of injury for people 65 and older is falling. One in three seniors will fall every year and of the ones that fall, 30 percent will fall again within the next six months…Learn More
Foot Care Services
Foot care is not a luxury. The prevention of foot problems cannot be over emphasized, especially for seniors. Foot problems are very common in people with arthritis, circulatory problems or diabetes.
Diabetes can lead to serious complications. Diabetes affects the circulation and immune system, which in turn impairs the body’s ability to heal itself. As a result, people with diabetes are less likely to feel a foot injury, such as a blister or cut. Unnoticed and untreated, even small foot injuries can potentially leading to serious complications…Learn More
Patient Advocacy Corner:
Advance Care Planning
Making personal choices is basic to your sense of identity and well being. For health and personal care or living arrangements these decisions are especially important.
Becoming unable to make your own decisions about health and personal care can happen slowly, over time, such as with Alzheimer’s Disease; or it can happen suddenly and unexpectedly as a result of a Stroke or Accident (e.g. Slip and Fall, Adverse Medical Event or Motor Vehicle Accident)...Learn more
Spotlight on Technology
Cloud Connect Healthcare Platform
Patient Centered Care. Patient Connected Care.
What it is: The QoC platform is a cloud-based digital spine to connect patients with circles of care and support. We deliver solutions to patients faster with less complexity at a lower cost for health care providers…Learn more
In Our Community
iCare Navigator’s, Mary Gavel, speaks at the Ontario Health Information Management (OHIMA) Privacy Conference
Mary Gavel, Director iCare Navigator and Patient Advocacy was the guest speaker at the Ontario Health Information Management Association (OHIMA) Spring Conference attended by approximately 150 people and held on March 27, 2015. The conference was also video conferenced to a large number of healthcare sites in Ontario through the Ontario Telemedicine Network. She reviewed required practices for health information custodians under the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA), as well as recently issued Information and Privacy Commissioner (IPC) Orders regarding unauthorized access to patients’ personal health information (Breaches). Mary is available for on-site Privacy education sessions and can be reached at iCare Home Health 905-491-6941.
Peel Elder Abuse Prevention Network (PEAPN)
Money Smarts Expo
PEAPN Money Smart Expo was held on March 4th, 2015. Peel Seniors were able to learn from the experts from the Financial Services Industry, Government, Police and Businesses smart strategies to protect their assets.
Workshops were also held by and on
- Protecting from Scams and Frauds
- Wills and Estate Planning
- Service canada CPP & OAS changes
- Wealth Management Strategies and more.
iCare Home Health & Navigator team were present to provide information on Ageing at Home and How to Navigate Ontario’s complex Healthcare system. It was a nice opportunity to meet and mingle with Peel seniors.
Mississauga Halton CCAC Health Fair
The second annual Mississauga Halton CCAC Health Fair was held on March 25th. iCare Home Health & Navigator team was on site to meet with the CCAC Care Co-ordinators, thank them for their role in assisting 1000’s of our community members to recover from medical procedure and/ or age at home and at the same time, provide information on iCare Navigator and our recently launched iCare Therapeutic Art Program. The event was well attended and our hats off to the organizers for a perfectly planned event in terms of venue, ease of access, parking, continental breakfast and transporting the Care Co-ordinators to/ from the event in an environmentally friendly way.
Celebrating Life and our Coming of Age
Health Ageing Education Series
As our population continues to age, there is a growing demand for accessible and high-quality education focusing on topics related to healthy ageing.
In response, Programs for 50+ at Ryerson University’s G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education and the LIFE Institute, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, have partnered with Mount Sinai Hospital’s Healthy Ageing and Geriatrics Program to present an inaugural five-part education series, Celebrating LIFE and Our Coming of Age, which will present a variety of topics important to all of us as we age. Attendees from iCare Home Health find the series educational and informative. 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.