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                                       January 2016


iCare Home Health is pleased to bring you the January 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.

National Non-Smoking Week  January 17-23 

Its hard to believe yet another year has passed us by already! As we reflect on the year behind us and look forward to the year ahead perhaps you are thinking of changes you wish to make in your life. As we move into January with National Non Smoking Week and Weedless Wednesday, now would be as good a time as any to quit smoking if you have considered this. Learn More

Never Stop Dreaming: How to Help Seniors with Goal Setting

You are never too old to set goals for the future. Many of us fall into the trap of thinking that we are too old, too busy, or too sick to make plans, or that we should wait until we have more money or until we get more organized. The problem with that is that in most cases the day will never come. If you are caring for senior who has stopped setting goals for the future, encourage them to do it. These goals could be personal, professional, financial, physical, mental, or spiritual. People who set goals are happier, more focused and are more likely to accomplish their dreams. Here are some tips that can help them get started.Learn More


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.Learn More

Maintaining Independence with Alzheimer’s Disease
January is Alzheimer Awareness Month 

While Alzheimer’s disease is life changing, it doesn’t have to be life ending. People with Alzheimer’s disease can and should continue to pursue their dreams and live a meaningful life. If you are caring for someone who is living with Alzheimer’s disease, often the best thing you can do for them is to help them maintain as much independence as possible. Here are a few strategies that can help:. Read more

iCare Home Health
a Nominee for the 

The OABE is a program of the Rotary Club of Oakville West in partnership with the Oakville Chamber of Commerce recognizing local entrepreneurs and businesses for the invaluable contribution they make to the Oakville community. The OABE gala dinner will take place on March 23, 2016
“We are grateful to a our team members who work hard everyday and are committed in heart and mind to live our brand values to deliver the best care possible to our clients. The nomination is a beautiful gesture in recognition of our Make a Difference effort in the communities where we live and serve. We are looking forward to hopefully winning our category Professional Service Provider of the Year Award“, says Rick Menassa, President, iCare Home Health.

Ten awards for business excellence in 2014 were presented to Oakville’s outstanding businesses and entrepreneurs. Click here for 2014 award recipients

Spotlight on Technology

Health care consumer engagement
No “one-size-fits-all” approach from the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions 

The health care industry continues to invest in the development of online information resources, mobile applications, and personal health devices. These tools are designed to increase “consumer engagement”-to help individuals take action to improve their health, make informed decisions, and engage effectively and efficiently with the health care system.
Findings from Deloitte’s 2015 Survey of US Health Care Consumers suggest consumer engagement is increasing in three important areas:
Read more, Info-graph on Today’s Healthcare Consumer, Download the report

In Our Community  
Low Tech Wearables Warm Up for Oakville Hospital‘s Patients on  the Moving Day!

In anticipation of a cold December day, even during our warmer than usual winter, we became privy that patients lined up to be moved from the Legacy to the New hospital could use some head and hand gear to keep them warm. It took our team no time to agree to fund the project. Off to work we went to get our low-tech wearables ready on time.   Read more

Alzheimer Society Peel 

 Your evening begins with a cocktail reception with Hors d’euves, followed by a decadent four course meal. Live music will accompany the evening and the dance floor will be open for all! A selection of high quality and unique items will be up for auction with all proceeds supporting Alzheimer Society Peel. The evening will be hosted by our own Mississauga personality Randy Persaud! Guests are encouraged to wear a creative hat or hair piece as part of the theme.  Buy tickets
Alzheimer Society Hamilton & Halton 

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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