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                                       December 2016


iCare Home Health is pleased to bring you the December 2016 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.

7 Tips for a “Healthful” Holiday Season

As we prepare to go into holiday mode attending festivities with friends and family we must still be mindful of what we eat & drink.  We typically gain 1-5 extra pounds at holiday time. This may not sound like alot but 5 pounds is hard to lose in the New Year!

Follow these tips for a healthful holiday season:… Learn more   

Fears for Seniors and How to Address Them

Fears. We all have them; we all have to deal with them. But, when we are younger and have more resources, it can be easier to confront and conquer these fears. For the elderly, it is not as easy. As we age, we become less confident in our abilities to handle these challenges and begin to fear them more.
Not too mention, advanced age brings on new fears that we did not have to face in our younger years. So, as caregivers and family members, what can we do to help our loved ones with their fears? Learn More

Do You Know The Symptoms Of Stomach Cancer?

As with many cancers, scientists can’t confirm why some people develop stomach cancer. But as the risk of being diagnosed with stomach cancer increases significantly for those over the age of 55, it is important to know the signs and symptoms of this disease.  Similarly, knowing whether or not you have added risk factors for being diagnosed with stomach cancer is of equal importance.. Learn More

AIDS – Myth vs. Reality

Dec. 2 is World AIDS Awareness Day. Let’s take a look at some of the enduring myths that not just help propagate H.I.V/AIDS, but also affect those living with it:
H.I.V/AIDS is spread through kissing/sharing utensils/toilet seats…
H.I.V/AIDS is spread through the intermingling of certain bodily fluids; most often through sexual behaviours and shared needle use. It can also be spread through blood transfusions. It cannot be spread through saliva, sweat, urine, or in the air. Learn More

iCARE Navigator Set to Change Patient Experience
Concierge Healthcare Options Now Available

What if there was something that could help you better navigate the healthcare system? If you are feeling overwhelmed by the vast amount of information required to organize and facilitate care for your loved one, iCare Navigator can help. iCare Navigator is a Healthcare Advocacy and Navigation Service provided by iCare Home Health that supports and educates patients and their family members about the ins and outs of the healthcare system.  Learn More

Spotlight on our Web Site

Alzheimer in the movies. 
A New addition to our Resources Page

A good movie experience can leave a person with Alzheimer’s in a better mood and more engaged with others. It can also help bridge generations, giving grandparents and grandchildren something to share. Our informative Resources page now includes a movie sample + a list of TV shows that a loved one with Alzheimer would enjoy. Learn More

NEW: Our Website’s “Text to Speech” Feature is Here to Serve the Visually Impaired Clients More Effectively

Navigating through any website can be challenging for some people. Taking its target audience into consideration, iCare Home Health continuously evaluates the user friendliness and ease of navigation to ensure that it is accessible by all ages and skill sets. 

iCare Home Health has a growing number of clients who are part of this demographic. They are aware of the rich content on the website whether it’s in the Resources section or the growing number of Blogs that address a variety of topics ranging from Nutrition, Healthy Aging, Safety Tips, Caregiver Tips and more. For 10% of Canadians that classify themselves as Print Disabled or Visually Impaired, increasing the font size is still not a viable solution for a completely Accessible website. Learn More

In Our Community

In recognition of our Make a Difference and volunteering DNA , to our delight, our President, Rick Menassa’s won the Mississauga Board of Trade (MBoT) Volunteer of the Year Award

Rick Chairs the Health & Wellness Committee at MBOT. He also serves as Chair of the Board of Seniors Life Enhancement Centres, an adult day program serving Mississauga and Oakville. In addition, Rick is Board Director at the Brain Injury Society of Toronto and contributes to other community and church engagements. “Make a Difference is a core iCare Home Health value; we believe that volunteers make our communities a better place to live. We adopt a servant leadership approach!” says Rick.

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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