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                                       May 2016
iCare Home Health is pleased to bring you the May 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.
You eat well, drink lots of water daily, take your vitamins and even exercise regularly yet you are still tired all the time and just don’t feel 100%.  It’s possible food is the culprit!
If you experience these symptoms on a regular basis its possible you could have food allergies:  bloating, constipation, headache, sinusitis, swollen glands, heart palpitations or irregular heartbeat, dark circles or bags under the eyes, sore throat, fatigue, arthritis, and skin irritations are just some of the possibilities .  Allergies can mimic any health condition so its important to find out if food is triggering your symptoms. 
Today’s food supply is not the same as it was many years ago.  Chemicals added to food (pesticides) can wreak havoc on our cells and cause any number of reactions.

From Reactive to Proactive Health Care
The skyrocketing costs of public healthcare in Canada have caused a paradigm shift in minds of health care agencies throughout the country. Many leading doctors and health professionals have been saying that Canada needs to move away from our reactive health care system to a more proactive and predictive one. As it stands, the Canadian medical system only begins to work with us once we are already sick. It reacts once the illness has already arrived. A proactive model would seek to prevent the illness from manifesting to begin with. Basically, it would follow a ‘best offense is a good defense’ line of thinking  Learn more

Chiropractic Advice – Posture and MuscleCare. It’s Never Too Late to Start Paying Attention To Your Posture!


Posture is integral to the health of the spine and dictates where tension and forces accumulates through joints in the body. Poor posture can develop over time due to a number of factors including:
          • Previous injuries – whether from a single incident or repetitive strain overtime, previous injuries play a large role in how bodies are aligned and balanced.
          • Sitting and standing position – sitting or standing in a slouched.
          • Tight or weak musculature – imbalances in muscle tension can greatly affect joint compression and posture.
          • Spinal joint restrictions – joint restrictions often develop due to posture and muscle tension. When a joint loses motion, increased degeneration occurs through that joint.
          • Genetic factors – predisposition and anatomy that is determined by genetics or factors outside the control or environment of the individuals  Learn more

It’s Mental Health Week!
May 2 – 8


We all have mental health, just as we all have physical health. Mental health is more than the absence of mental illness. It’s a state of well-being.
Getting loud means speaking up to stop the discrimination and the stigma that often go hand in hand with mental illness. It means using your voice to raise awareness and build support. For someone at home. For someone at work. For yourself.
Speak up and let everyone know that Mental health matters!

National Nursing Week
May 9 – 15


May 9-15 will be the dates for National Nursing Week 2016, alongside International Nurses Day and Florence Nightingale’s birthday, May 12.
The Canadian Nurses Association theme, Nurses: With you every step of the way, emphasizes how important nurses are in our lives – at every age, in all health situations, for all Canadians.
With more than 406,000 regulated nurses in Canada, the largest of any health provider group, nurses are the backbone of our health system. This week, we recognize the profession for their dedication and commitment to making Canada a healthier nation.
Send your thanks to the nurses in your life by using the hashtag #NNW2016 on Twitter. Or visit cna-aiic.ca to learn more about the many ways nurses are with Canadians every step of the way.


iCare Navigator Resources
iCare Navigator: Concierge Health – Coming Soon!
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. 

Spotlight on Technology 

Apps for Health 2016


As Canada’s aging population health needs rise and budgets shrink, technology innovation and adoption becomes more critical in meeting this needs.
Apps for Health 2016 conference, held on April 28 included speakers and exhibitors from a mix of public and private organizations such as eHealth Ontario, TELUS Health, Hamilton Health Sciences, IBM and several others offering solutions ranging from improving the patient experience at hospitals to monitoring and managing personal health files.
A bird eye view quickly reveals that different organizations and hospitals are supporting different solutions, thus lack of standards is already developing!

iCare Health Espresso – Coming Soon


  • Receive, populate and track consumer medication intake through Bluetooth pairing.
  • Verbal alert consumer of medication usage information.
  • Audible reminder of medication dosage timing.
  • Secondary user may be assigned to monitor medication intake and insure conformity.
  • Auto refill to consumer’s selected local pharmacy.
  • Real time tracking body readings such as blood pressure, pulse and more through bluetooth pairing.
  • Concierge Health approach to managing individuals’ health.
  • Locate nearest pharmacy, hospital or health facility using location based technology.
  • Health Espresso is cross platform with both Apple and Android. Watch this page for Launch Event Date

In Our Community

Smiles Program instrumental in Halton Healthcare Services receiving the Exemplar NICHE Award

Smiles always brighten everyone’s day and they are free!

A small group of healthcare professionals took this concept and created the SMILE Program – an interactive recreational program that helps prevent the onset of delirium and functional decline in our elderly patients during their hospital stay.  Delirium, a state of confused thinking, and functional decline, losing muscle strength and energy, are serious complications for seniors and their families.
SMILE is a short and fun acronym that stands for:
  • Stimulate the brain,
  • Move the body
  • Improve hydration
  • Limit caffeine and sleep enhancing medication use and
  • Enjoy better hearing and vision.


This innovative program has been very well received by caregivers, family members and patients alike and was instrumental in Halton Healthcare Services receiving the Exemplar NICHE Award.
iCare Home Health is a proud sponsor of the NICHE Exemplar Award celebration event.


Walk for Alzheimer’s & Unforgetable Run
Mark your Calendars: Saturday June 4th, 2016 
The Walk for Alzheimer’s is Canada’s largest fundraiser for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. This 5K Walk is a way to celebrate life, honour a caregiver, or just get active while promoting awareness in the community.
The funds raised from this event will support the programs and services that are offered to the community by Alzheimer Society Peel. The number of individuals affected is only increasing and the need for additional services is growing too. Join and/ or Sponsor our iCare Navigators Team here
FREE iCare HH T-Shirts when you sign up while supplies last.
iCare Home Health is a Proud Sponsor of the 5K Walk/ Run event

CHARTERABILITY is a registered charity in Oakville Ontario helping people with disabilities, from children to seniors experience the multiple joys of getting out on the water. Their volunteer crew in 2015 helped 320 different groups/families on a tranquil 16 Mile Creek journey, even fishing trips! 
Join us on June 4th at 6:00 pm for a nice evening by the water and help support a good cause.
iCare Home Health is Proud Supporter of the event

Birdies for Brain Injury
2016 Birdies For Brain  
The Brain Injury Society of Toronto Annual Golf Tournament will be taking place on Friday, June 24th, 2016 at Lionhead Golf and Country Club in Mississauga. 
To register or to become a sponsor, please contact the BIST office at: 416-830-1485 or info@bist.ca.
Interested in supporting this year’s event – check out our Sponsorship Packages
iCare Home Health is a Proud Sponsor of the event
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

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