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Recent News at VHA

2022
News

VHA’s VP of Research & Innovation Reflects on Exciting First Year in the Role

June 29, 2022
It’s been just over a year since Dr. Sandra McKay was named Vice President of Research & Innovation at VHA Home HealthCare (VHA). This announcement signaled a significant commitment to research and innovation at VHA. We connected with Sandra to catch up on what’s been happening over the past year....
2022
News

Connecting with VHA’s New Board Chair Ian Brunskill

June 29, 2022
Ian Brunskill recently assumed the position of Board Chair at VHA Home HealthCare (VHA). We connected with Ian to discuss what brought him to VHA and what he is excited about for his new role.  Here is a condensed version of our conversation. Ian, congratulations on your new role as...
2022
News
Nursing
Virtual Care

VHA and NYTHP pilot first-ever Remote Care Palliative Pathway for Province of Ontario

June 24, 2022
VHA Home HealthCare (VHA) is playing a leading role in launching the first-ever palliative remote care pathway for the Province of Ontario. The program enables nurses to monitor clients remotely virtually and communicate with their care team, supporting symptom management while clients live comfortably and safely at home. The Remote...
2022
Blog Post
Private Services

Time Management Strategies for Busy Family Caregivers

June 21, 2022
Caregiving is both a joy and a challenge. It can make days feel endless, and at the same time, as though there aren’t enough hours in a day. Juggling a loved one’s care as well as work, family and/or personal needs can lead to chronic stress and burnout for those...
2022
Blog Post
Dementia Care

Talking to a Child about a Dementia Diagnosis

June 20, 2022
Watching a family member or friend progress through the stages of Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia can be very distressing for everyone, including children. Children can experience a range of emotions like fear, confusion and embarrassment, and they may even worry that they are somehow to blame for...
2022
Blog Post
Chronic Disease

Symptoms and Treatment of Post-Stroke Depression

June 17, 2022
A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted by a blood clot or bleeding. While everyone’s experience is different, the impacts on mobility, communication and independence that often occur can make a survivor feel like they have lost the life they had before. In addition, a stroke...
2022
Blog Post
Clutter and Hoarding Support Therapy

Helping Older Adults Declutter and Downsize

June 15, 2022
Many older adults decide they would like to downsize or move to a smaller, more manageable space, while others may be forced to relocate to a loved one’s home or care facility because of changing health or financial needs. Even if a move isn’t necessary at the moment, reducing clutter...
2022
News

Exploring Ontario Health Team Governance Models

June 2, 2022
On May 18, 2022, VHA Home HealthCare (VHA) held a panel event to explore models of governance for Ontario Health Teams. The event was moderated by VHA’s Kathryn Nichol, President & CEO and Lauren Black, General Counsel and Privacy Officer. The event featured four speakers: Susan Grundy, Senior Business Lawyer...
2022
News

At Home with VHA: Meet Lyka Obial, Data Engineer, IT Digital Services & Analytics

May 25, 2022
Every role at VHA contributes to something amazing. At Home with VHA tells the stories of those who make up VHA Home HealthCare. Meet Lyka Obial, Data Engineer. Lyka’s role is key to supporting the priority outlined in VHA’s Strategic Plan to use data intelligence to inform decisions. Describe to...
2022
Blog Post
Chronic Disease
Private Services

Tips for Caring for Someone with Multiple Sclerosis

May 24, 2022
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic disease of the central nervous system that causes the immune system to attack the brain and spinal cord, disrupting signals to and from the brain. This damage can cause a range of symptoms including numbness, speech difficulties, mood changes, chronic pain, fatigue, blindness or...
2022
News
Personal Care

Celebrating Personal Support Worker Day at VHA

May 19, 2022
Every year on May 19th, Personal Support Worker Day is a chance to acknowledge and celebrate the significant contribution personal support workers (PSWs) and home support workers (HSWs) make to Ontario’s health care system. PSWs and HSWs play a critical role in supporting disability, health and age-related needs in various...
2022
Donations
News

Simple Comforts Can Make a Significant Impact

May 17, 2022
Through home and community support, VHA Home HealthCare’s (VHA) staff and service providers often see clients with urgent needs that aren’t able to be met by family, charitable organizations or government programs. These essential needs can include anything from clothing and eyeglasses to incontinence products, diapers, fresh food, health care...
2022
Blog Post
Physiotherapy

A Guide to the Pelvic Floor for Men and Women

May 10, 2022
The pelvic floor is a group of muscles within the pelvis that stretch between the pubic bone at the front of the body to the tailbone at the back. These muscles support the pelvic organs including the bladder, rectum, as well as the uterus and vagina or the prostate. They...
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2022
News
Nursing
Palliative Care

National Nursing Week: VHA Nurses are there to Answer the Call

May 9, 2022
May 9-15, 2022 marks National Nursing Week, an annual celebration taking place the same week as Florence Nightingale’s birthday, May 12. The theme this year is #WeAnswerTheCall and was developed by the Canadian Nurses Association to showcase the many roles that nurses play in a patient’s health-care journey. The pandemic brought to...
2022
News

VHA Symposium Focuses on Solutions for Occupational Health and Safety

May 2, 2022
VHA Home HealthCare (VHA), in partnership with the Centre for Research Expertise in Occupational Disease (CROED), hosted a symposium this spring to bring together a diverse group of stakeholders providing care and support to people at home and in the community, and representatives from the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training...
2022
Blog Post
Children with Complex Medical Needs
Private Services
Speech Language

How to Communicate with a Non-Verbal Child

April 25, 2022
Children are considered non-verbal when they are able to vocalize sounds but do not use any words to communicate. A child is minimally-verbal if they use a few select words but are unable to have a conversation. Many children on the autism spectrum experience differences in speech development. Other conditions...
2022
News

National Volunteer Week 2022: Celebrating the volunteers of VHA Home HealthCare

April 25, 2022
Every year in April, organizations across Canada mark National Volunteer Week (April 24-30) by celebrating individuals who volunteer their time to make a positive difference in their communities and support those who need it most. The theme for 2022 is Volunteering is Empathy in Action. At VHA Home HealthCare (VHA),...
2022
Blog Post
Private Services

Recognizing Compassion Fatigue in Family Caregivers

April 18, 2022
For decades, nurses, first responders, social workers and other clinicians in helping professions who are regularly exposed to traumatic events and other people’s pain have reported reaching a point of debilitating physical and emotional exhaustion. Known as compassion fatigue, this secondary traumatic stress disorder can make it difficult to empathize...
2022
Media
News

Globe Newswire: World Education Services Bring Together Health Care Leaders to Discuss Strategy to Integrate Internationally Educated Health Professionals to Help Meet Ontario’s Health Care Needs

April 11, 2022
TORONTO, April 11, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, World Education Services (WES) is convening leaders from hospitals, long-term care, and home care alongside other key health care stakeholders to talk about the role of immigrant health professionals in their sectors. This is the first time these stakeholders will assemble to...
2022
News

National Caregiver Day: Sharing the real story of an unpaid caregiver

April 5, 2022
When Ralda Singleton’s son Stephen was born 45 years ago, her journey in motherhood began, and she also started learning how to be a fearless caregiver and advocate. Ralda is just one of an estimated 8.1 million extraordinary unpaid caregivers across the country. Each year in April, National Caregiver Day...
2022
Blog Post

Resources for Unpaid Caregivers

March 29, 2022
Family and friends caring for their loved ones at home play a vital role in our healthcare system. This caregiving can be very meaningful and rewarding, but it can also take a toll on finances, relationships, general health and well-being and careers. The COVID-19 pandemic has been particularly challenging and...
2022
News

Call for Research Participants: Home Care Journey Mapping

March 28, 2022
Many home care clients might need more care in hospital at some point when living in the community and receiving personal support. These transitions to and from hospital can be a source of stress for clients and their family. We want to explore these experiences to better understand why the...

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