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Deborah Buchanan-Walford teaches at a Toronto day school for adults and rents a house she shares with her parents, her partner and their son. She says she has given up the idea of ever owning a home in Toronto.

 Photo credit: Toronto Star Article originally posted in Toronto Star July 20, 2021 by Tess Kalinowski, Toronto Star’s Real Estate Reporter. English teacher Deborah Buchanan-Walford figures about 40 per cent of her wages as an adult day school teacher go toward renting the house she shares with her parents, her partner and their eight-year-old son.

Toronto's CN tower

VHA partner organization WoodGreen Community Services and The Toronto Board of Trade released a report in July 2021 on Affordable Housing for Essential Workers in Toronto. VHA personal support worker …

A VHA Personal Support Worker holds a client's hand

Home and Community Care Support Services (HCCSS) is working on new regulations regarding providing home care in Ontario. As part of the regulation development process, VHA was invited to provide …

seniors having a healthy meal

Good nutrition and a healthy body weight are critical to maintaining your well-being and independence as you age. We know that obesity or a high body mass index (BMI) is …

warning signs of suicide

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic we have seen a rise in mental health issues including suicidal behavior. COVID-19 has caused stress and disruption to all parts of life, …

Barbara Cawley, Vice President, Client Services at VHA Home HealthCare, leads a workshop for ETHP’s Seniors with Chronic Disease Steering Committee in September 2019.

Seniors who have chronic illnesses, and their caregivers, is one of the first populations that East Toronto Health Partners (ETHP) identified as a priority for improving care for our Ontario …

Kathryn Nichol and Tilak Dutta speaking virtually

In March 2021, VHA welcomed Dr. Kathryn Nichol to her new role of President & CEO. Now, Kathryn is connecting with clients, families and staff to learn more about their …

Three members of the VHA THRU Team stand, socially distanced, at a clinic

June 24, 2021 Toronto, Ontario—VHA Home HealthCare’s (VHA) Tactical Healthcare Response Unit (THRU) is running a new pop-up COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto’s Rexdale neighbourhood that opened on June 23 …

A collage featuring Barb Cawley and photos of her with Client Voice experiences

“Client Voice” at VHA Home HealthCare (VHA) refers to engaging and involving clients and their families when new services are being designed or quality improvements are being made. Barbara Cawley, …

Nurse administering a vaccination to an elderly man

At VHA Home HealthCare (VHA), the health and safety of our staff, service providers, clients and families is our most important priority. We encourage everyone to continue to follow proper …

Woman smiling at a laptop computer

Supporting an aging friend or family member living on their own has always been a challenge, especially if your loved one lives in another city, out of province or in …

Elderly man carrying a young child

Finding a way to recognize a father or a loved one on Father’s Day can be difficult, especially if they have Alzheimer’s or another form of memory loss. This year …

David Fry, VP of Client Services

David Fry, VHA’s Vice President, Client Services as of July 2021 June 15, 2021. Toronto, Canada. It gives me great pleasure to announce that DAVID FRY will be joining the …

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VHA Home HealthCare (VHA) is committed to sponsoring promising young scientists to engage in research that will diversify the research capacity and expertise in the home and community sector. Each …

Dr. Kathryn Nichol, smiling and posing with her dog

100 days! Yesterday was the 100-day mark since I assumed the role of President and CEO at VHA Home HealthCare. There is so much hype about the 100-day mark! I …

Elder couple sitting on a couch, smiling, laughing

As a loved one progresses through the stages of dementia, what may begin with struggling to find the right words or forgetting what was just said, can lead to only …

Judy Lowe, physiotherapist and student coordinator

Judy Lowe, physiotherapist and student coordinator Clinical practice placements provide a practical opportunity for physiotherapy and occupational therapy students to apply the knowledge and skills they have learned in the …

Members of VHA's BPSO steering commitee

Members of VHA’s BPSO Steering Committee: Sara Fung, Matt Wong, Kathy Sidhu and Kartini Mistry Since 2015, VHA Home HealthCare (VHA) has been a designated Best Practice Spotlight Organization (BPSO), …

Housecalls team in neighbourhood

As COVID-19 vaccines are rolling out across the province it has become increasingly clear that even when a population is eligible, the vaccine isn’t always within reach. In Ontario, there …

A VHA Physiotherapist poses with a client

High-quality, client-centered care is at the heart of everything that we do at VHA Home HealthCare (VHA), and after a year like never before, we are both thrilled and relieved …

PSW poses with client

VHA Home HealthCare (VHA) is committed to engaging client and family partners in all we do. VHA’s Client and Family Voice program was initially launched in 2014 within our Client …

Sandra McKay

Dr. Sandra McKay, Vice President, Research & Innovation An important priority for VHA Home HealthCare (VHA) going forward is the elevation of our research and innovation programs. VHA has developed …

Faces on screen for Virtual FastLab meeting

In 2019 VHA introduced its “pollination approach” to problem solving by rolling out a series of Design-Thinking based facilitator training sessions organization-wide. Known as VHA FastLabs, the model, which was …

Cassondra Kahrs, RPN

Every role at VHA contributes to something amazing. At Home with VHA tells the stories of those who make up VHA Home HealthCare. In honour of National Nursing Week (May …

Sara Fung, RN

Every role at VHA contributes to something amazing. At Home with VHA tells the stories of those who make up VHA Home HealthCare. Meet Registered Nurse Sara Fung, Professional Practice …

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