Recent News

Recent News

Recent News at VHA

2023
News

Choosing Leaps over Wintering: CEO Kathryn Nichol Shares VHA’s Priorities for 2023

January 26, 2023
2023 marks the fourth year of VHA’s Strategic Plan 2020-2025: Care to Transform. As ever, we are focused on our mission of creating possibilities for more independence, championing the needs of clients and families and delivering high quality, integrated care. Concurrently, Ontario continues to push forward with their agenda of...
2023
News

At Home with VHA: Meet the In-House Pharmacist Team

January 11, 2023
At Home with VHA tells the stories of those who make up our team. In every role, VHA care providers and staff are creating possibilities for more independence every day. We recently welcomed a team of In-House Pharmacists to VHA, filling first-of-their-kind roles as full-time experts to help our frontline...
2022
Blog Post

Blending Holiday Traditions as a Multi-Faith Family

December 20, 2022
In a diverse country like Canada, it is common for couples in multi-faith partnerships raising children to practice more than one religion. Over the busy winter holiday season, celebrating or blending holiday traditions as a multi-faith family may be challenging. Families may also have to navigate holiday preferences by their...
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2022
News
Nursing
Palliative Care

Interprofessional Education Days Explore Transition, Diversity and Inclusion in Paediatric and Palliative Care

December 19, 2022
This fall, VHA Home HealthCare (VHA) hosted the third annual Palliative Interprofessional Education Symposium (PALLIES) and the sixth annual Paediatric Interprofessional Education Symposium, also known as PIES Day. These education events bring together VHA staff and service providers from various roles on the paediatric and palliative teams, as well as...
2022
Blog Post

Supporting a Child with a Learning Disability

December 15, 2022
Learning disabilities, like the reading difficulties caused by dyslexia or writing and fine motor challenges found with dysgraphia, can affect a child’s ability to read, write, spell or understand math. Also referred to as ‘learning differences’, learning disabilities are not related to a person’s intelligence. In fact, people with learning...
2022
Blog Post
Occupational Therapy

Falls Prevention Checklist for Caregivers: Reduce the Risk at Home

November 22, 2022
Falls are the leading cause of injury-related hospitalizations for Canadians aged 65 and older and can lead to a significant decrease in quality of life as well as a loss of independence. With age, certain health challenges including poor balance, reduced vision, stiff joints and decreased muscle strength can make...
2022
Blog Post
Dementia Care

Tips for Coping with Sundown Syndrome

November 22, 2022
If you are caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, you may notice consistent changes in your loved one’s behaviour in the later afternoon or evenings. Sundowning, also known as sundown syndrome or late-evening confusion, is a symptom of dementia that can cause behaviours like anxiety, agitation, aggression, pacing...
2022
Blog Post
Chronic Disease
Dietetics
Private Services

Eating Well During Cancer Treatment

November 20, 2022
Cancer treatments including chemotherapy, radiation and hormonal therapy often cause a range of side effects that can impact a person’s ability and desire to eat. Some clients continue to enjoy food throughout, but for others, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, mouth sores and other issues can make eating well during cancer treatment...
2022
Blog Post

Navigating the Workplace With a Visible or Non-Visible Disability

November 19, 2022
An estimated one in five or 22% of Canadians over 15 years of age have a visible or non-visible disability[1]. This translates to around 6.2 million people and includes any physical or mental condition that limits a person’s movements, senses or daily activities. A disability may be present at birth,...
2022
News

VHA Makes Changes to Phone System to Improve Client Experience

November 17, 2022
VHA has made some recent changes to our phone system to improve the experience for our clients and families when they are connecting with our Client Care Office Team. One of these adjustments includes 3 new steps for clients and families when they are calling VHA’s office to reach our...
2022
News

VHA Invests In Internationally Educated Nurses

November 16, 2022
VHA Home HealthCare’s Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) have a long history of being an important part of our workforce. Our IENs bring with them their own unique experience and expertise and play a critical role in our healthcare system. Recognizing that the journey towards certification can often be a challenge...
2022
Blog Post
Private Services

Encouraging Caregivers with Acts of Kindness

November 11, 2022
One in four Canadians, or more than eight million people across the country, are caring for a family member or friend with a disability, chronic health condition or other issue related to aging. These unpaid or family caregivers help with daily activities such as eating, bathing and dressing and often...
2022
News
Nursing
Personal Care
TCU

From off-site hospital wing to comprehensive transitional care centre: VHA and East Toronto Health Partner’s Kew Beach Unit experiences remarkable growth to become model of integrated care delivery

November 10, 2022
When VHA Home HealthCare (VHA) and Michael Garron Hospital (MGH) and launched the Kew Beach Unit in 2020, it was meant to be a temporary off-site hospital wing designed to create additional bed capacity in response to hospital pressures arising from COVID-19. Two years later, the site – located at the...
2022
Blog Post
Chronic Disease

Caring for a Loved One With Rheumatoid Arthritis

November 9, 2022
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic autoimmune disorder that occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue and other systems of the body....
2022
Blog Post
Chronic Disease

Coping with Diabetes Distress

November 7, 2022
Diabetes can be a difficult and demanding chronic disease requiring relentless self-management. The regular tasks required to control diabetes including monitoring blood glucose levels, eating healthy meals at regular times, watching for symptoms of serious complications and more, can lead to overwhelming feelings of frustration, exhaustion and defeat. These constant...
2022
News
Personal Care

Announcing VHA Research & Innovation’s Fellowship Class of 2022-2023

November 7, 2022
Each year, VHA Home HealthCare (VHA) invests in the future of home care research by supporting graduate student researchers and through clinician-focused programs that offer therapists, nurses and personal support workers the opportunity to develop their research skills. As our current fellows stride ahead with their new research projects, here...
2022
Blog Post

Having Conversations About Safety at Home With Aging Loved Ones

October 27, 2022
If a loved one is getting older and wishes to age-in-place, it’s inevitable that their needs will change over time. Maybe you’ve already noticed that their home is looking dirty, they’re not eating nourishing meals or their mobility has changed. It’s important to think through what may be needed to...
2022
News
Occupational Therapy

At Home with VHA: Meet OT Anna Caulfield

October 26, 2022
At Home with VHA tells the stories of those who make up our workforce. In every role, VHA care providers and staff champion the needs of our clients and create possibilities for more independence. October is Occupational Therapy Month, so we’re recognizing some of the spectacular rehab therapists on our...
2022
News
Occupational Therapy

At Home with VHA: Meet Curtis Heimstra

October 26, 2022
At Home with VHA tells the stories of those who make up our workforce. In every role, VHA care providers and staff champion the needs of our clients and create possibilities for more independence. October marks Occupational Therapy Month, so we’re recognizing some of the spectacular rehab therapists on our...
2022
News

VHA’s Child and Family Community Support Programs Strengthen Families in Crisis

October 20, 2022
For over 30 years, families with young children experiencing difficult circumstances have received support through VHA Home HealthCare (VHA)’s Child and Family Programs. These families include a grieving father caring for a new baby and three school-aged children after losing his wife during childbirth, a recent immigrant and single mother...

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