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Recent News at VHA

2022
Blog Post

Planning a Non-Traditional Funeral or Celebration of Life

September 22, 2022
After the death of a loved one, having a funeral, memorial service or some type of commemorative event can be an important step in the grieving process for family and friends. Depending on your culture, religious beliefs or family traditions, a ‘celebration of life’ that isn’t rooted in religion is...
2022
Blog Post

Brain Games for Older Adults

September 21, 2022
We know that getting enough physical activity is an important part of healthy aging, but keeping your brain active is proving to be just as crucial. Although the research is inconclusive, it’s believed that challenging your brain creates more connections between brain cells and the different areas of the brain....
2022
Blog Post
Children with Complex Medical Needs

Back to School for an Immunocompromised Child

September 2, 2022
For the third time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ontario students are getting ready for another new school year. After seven waves and countless variants, there are also immunocompromised children returning to in-person learning for the first time since the pandemic began in March of 2020. Since then,...
2022
News
Personal Care

At Home with VHA: Meet PSW Coach Joie Francisco

August 25, 2022
At Home with VHA tells the stories of those who make up VHA. In every role and across every team, our staff and service providers create possibilities for more independence. Meet Joie Francisco, Personal Support Care Team Coach and Personal Support Worker (PSW). VHA: How long have you been a...
2022
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Chronic Disease

Supporting a Family Member or Friend Living with Chronic Pain

August 23, 2022
Different from acute pain that occurs quickly after an injury or illness and improves with treatment, chronic pain persists for three months or longer. Chronic pain can exist with an ongoing health condition like arthritis or cancer, or with less ‘visible’ illnesses including endometriosis, Crohn’s disease or fibromyalgia which causes...
2022
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Occupational Therapy
Physiotherapy
Private Services

Tips for Improving Home Office Ergonomics

August 10, 2022
For many office workers, there was an abrupt and almost overnight shift from office to home at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. This transition was initially expected to be temporary which meant improvising on hard dining room chairs, in converted toy rooms or hunching over laptops on couches or...
2022
Blog Post
Dementia Care

Keeping a Loved One With Dementia Safe This Summer

August 10, 2022
If you are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, summer is a great opportunity to get outside, experience the world and make memories together. While summertime can be a lot of fun, there are also significant safety concerns for older adults with dementia....
2022
Blog Post

Summer Gardening Safety Tips for Older Adults

July 22, 2022
In the warmer months, people of all ages enjoy spending time outdoors working in the garden. Gardening can be much more than a fun hobby, providing significant benefits for the mind and body—especially as we get older. Gardening can help seniors maintain muscle strength and flexibility, is a great low-impact...
2022
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Private Services
Speech Language

Nutrition Tips for Older Adults with Chewing Difficulties

July 13, 2022
Chewing and swallowing can be difficult for older adults for a number of reasons including tooth decay, side effects from medication or cancer treatment, weakness following a stroke, decreased saliva with age and other health conditions. These challenges can increase a person’s choking risk, cause nutrient deficiencies and weight loss...
2022
Blog Post
News

Tips for Talking to Aging Parents About Their Finances

July 11, 2022
Conversations about money can be uncomfortable and awkward. And if you have aging or ill parents or parental figures, these chats can be particularly difficult. Adult children often worry about coming across as overbearing or even greedy and parents may struggle with the role reversal and their own fears around...
2022
Blog Post
Chronic Disease

Identifying and Treating Health Anxiety Disorder

July 8, 2022
Everyone worries about their health and the health of loved ones, especially after living through the COVID-19 pandemic. However, adults with health anxiety disorder—previously known as hypochondria—experience a long-term, distressing and unreasonable fear of having or developing a serious illness. In many cases these feelings are not accompanied by any...
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
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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
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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...

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