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At Home with VHA- Sandra Li-James

At Home with VHA tells the stories of those who make up our team. At every role and at every level, our team works together to champion the needs of our clients and families. Meet Sandra Li-James, Vice President, President, Quality, Best Practice, Education and Chief Nursing Executive. Sandra was appointed to this role earlier

Winter scene of nature trail and pine trees

Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is a form of recurrent depression that usually begins in the late fall or early winter and typically improves with the brighter days of spring. SAD can affect your mood, sleep, appetite, energy levels and many areas of life including your sense of self-worth. This year, as we push through another pandemic winter full of stress and anxiety, sufferers of SAD may feel the effects more than usual and some people may experience symptoms for the first time.

Collage of United Way campaign community images

Each year, VHA Home HealthCare (VHA) runs a fundraising campaign in support of United Way Greater Toronto. 2021 was a challenging year for many, but staff and service providers banded …

Notepad page reading "I can do anything not everything"

There’s something about turning the calendar and starting a new year that offers a chance to take stock of our lives and see the potential ahead. This natural urge for …

Dr Kathryn Nichol

To VHA’s valued clients and caregivers, While we have all been navigating this pandemic for close to two years now, the current situation is different than any other point in …

Holiday drive donations

Each holiday season, VHA Home HealthCare’s Human Resources team coordinates efforts to support a number of client families who are part of Community Support programming (CSP). This year, CSP identified …

Dr Kathryn Nichol

As we come to the end of another extraordinary year and I reflect on the past 12 months, I am more inspired by and thankful for our team at VHA …

Women hanging decorations on a Christmas tree

As we approach yet another holiday season impacted by COVID-19, thankfully the situation has improved with  respect to more individuals eligible for booster shots in addition to their first two …

Stop'n SHOT mobile flu bus for VHA frontline staff and services providers

Flu season is here and with an ongoing pandemic, keeping essential healthcare workers protected from illness and infection like the seasonal flu is more important than ever. To support these efforts, VHA Home HealthCare …

A girl getting her vaccine

On November 30, VHA hosted its fifth Paediatric Interprofessional Education Symposium, also known as PIES Day, to bring together staff and service providers from various areas and roles at VHA, …

Man with headache holds his head in his hand

Head pain can be intense, it can come on quickly, make it difficult to work and function and it can completely ruin your day. If you’re experiencing chronic head pain, …

Sandra Li-James

We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Sandra Li-James to the role of Vice President, Quality, Best Practice, Education and Chief Nursing Executive at VHA Home HealthCare. Sandra …

Neetu Kumar, Occupational Therapist

When Neetu Kumar walks into a client’s house, she doesn’t just whip out her clipboard. She takes a look at her surroundings, sits down with the client and tries to …

candles gathered in a dark space

Losing someone you love is never easy, but supporting a loved one through their grief can be just as painful. When adult children lose a parent or step-parent and are …

Canadian HR Reporter magazine 2021 Innovative HR Teams Award

VHA Home HealthCare’s Human Resources (HR) team has been recognized with an Innovative HR Team 2021 Award from Canadian HR Reporter magazine. A key area of focus for the HR …

Person washing hands in kitchen

The cooler temperatures and shorter days signal a changing season, and the unfortunate arrival of cold and flu season here in Canada. While the success of Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout …

Older woman wearing turtleneck

Infrequent bowel movements or difficulty passing stool is unfortunately a common concern for many older adults. Constipation is not an inevitable part of aging, but certain medications, decreased mobility, some …

Family eating together at a dinner table

Eating a nourishing meal together is a goal for many families, but with our busy lives and limited time, weeknight dinners can be chaotic and stressful. If you make countless …

Camille Dundas

This fall, the Anti-Black Racism Action Group at VHA Home HealthCare (VHA) launched its first-ever anti-racism and equity training for leaders. The sessions were led by renowned speaker and educator …

VHA logo and GoldCare logo side by side

VHA Home HealthCare (VHA) and GoldCare have formed a new strategic partnership to bring impressive modern features and functionality to VHA’s staff, service providers, clients and families. VHA has migrated …

VHA SickKids PSW

The COVID-19 pandemic has uncovered many realities about the health care system in Ontario and that includes the vital role personal support workers (PSWs) play across all care settings. After …

Dr. Sandra McKay and AGE-WELL logo

Dr. Sandra McKay, Vice President of Research & Innovation at VHA Home HealthCare, has received a 2021 AGE-WELL Honorary Fellow Award. The award recognizes members of the AGE-WELL network who …

A VHA Personal Support Worker walks with a client

Betty lives with Multiple Sclerosis and needs assistance with regular household chores. She has come to think of Amber, a Home Support Worker from VHA Home HealthCare (VHA) who visits …

Elizabeth Siwoku, Allison Cooke and Akil Ade

Elizabeth Siwoku, PSW (left), Allison Cooke, Clinical Educator (centre) and Akil Ade, Nursing Supervisor, played roles in organizing and presenting PALLIES 2021. On October 7, VHA Home HealthCare (VHA) held its second …

Older man sitting at home

Do you or someone you care for regularly experience heartburn, or an uncomfortable burning feeling in the upper chest that moves into the neck and throat? Can you usually pinpoint …

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