• Diabetes & You
This education program is open to all patients and their families with Type 2 Diabetes or Pre-Diabetes to participate in a group setting where they will learn more about their diagnosis and how to stay healthy and prevent the complications of diabetes. The goal of this program is to provide patients with the knowledge and skills to facilitate self-management of optimal blood glucose control. The common topics covered include pathophysiology, symptom management, blood sugar testing at home, oral medications and insulin, nutrition, physical activity, weight management, proper foot care and the stress/anxiety that can be associated with diabetes.
Classes are facilitated by the Nurse Educator, Certified Diabetes Educator (RN/CDE), Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator (RD/CDE) and Chiropodist. One-on-one follow-up appointments are available as needed.
Nordic Pole Walking
• Nordic Pole Walking
This program invites patients with Type 2 Diabetes or Pre-Diabetes to join in a group exercise program that helps patients obtain the many health benefits of nordic pole walking as well as the support and accountability of walking with supervision from staff who are certified instructors. The program is run over several weeks and takes place outdoors as well as indoors during bad weather.
Asthma is a chronic lung disease that inflames and narrows the airway. It is fairly common and can be diagnosed at any age. The common asthma symptoms are: cough, wheeze, chest tightness and shortness of breath. These symptoms tend to come and go. If the symptoms occur at night, first thing in the morning, or during exercise, then the asthma is not well controlled. Asthma is well controlled when you are:
· Exercising without symptoms
· Sleeping without symptoms
· Not needing to use your reliever inhaler (Blue puffer) more than three times a week
· Not missing school or work
• Breathing Tests: Spirometry
Spirometry is a simple breathing test that is now available at Prime Care Family Health Centre.
Who should have spirometry? Take the Canadian Lung Health Test to find out.
· Do you cough regularly?
· Do you cough up phlegm regularly?
· Do even simple chores make you short of breath?
· Do you wheeze when you exert yourself? Or at night?
· Do you get frequent colds that persist longer than those of other people?
If you answered yes to any one of the above questions, talk to your doctor or Nurse Practitioner about taking a simple breathing test called spirometry.
• Smoking Cessation
Have you thought about quitting smoking but don’t know where to start? Prime Care Family Health Team’s “Kick Butt!” program can help you with your smoking cessation goals, whether you are considering quitting smoking for the first time or have tried many times before. Call for a smoking cessation appointment.
In addition to our “Kick Butt!” program, Prime Care Family Health Team (Prime Care FHT) is partnering in the “STOP with FHTs” program with CAMH and the Government of Ontario and provides free Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) to Ontario patients who wish to quit smoking.
Patients who smoke and who are registered with Prime Care FHT may join the “Kick Butt!”program, or enroll in the STOP with FHTs program which provides counselling and free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). Call your doctor’s office to book a smoking cessation appointment with a Counsellor. (Download Smoking Cessation Program) (HIDE)
• Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
COPD is short for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. COPD symptoms often slowly worsen over time. However, sometimes they can worsen suddenly. For instance, a cold, the flu, or a lung infection may cause a ‘lung attack’ making it much harder to catch your breath. When these attacks happen, you may have chest tightness, more coughing and changes in the color or amount of your sputum (spit). The respiratory therapist will provide instructions on how to treat a ‘lung attack’, what breathing exercises to do and what inhalers to take – all to help you breathe easier. The goals of the COPD Program include: Relieving your shortness of breath, slowing the progression of the disease, improving your exercise tolerance, preventing and treating complications and improving your overall health. Exercise is proven to keep people with COPD healthy; therefore, all patients in the COPD Program will be referred to a physiotherapist who will provide you with several exercise options, including a local medically supervised Pulmonary Rehab Program. Quitting smoking is the most important step you can take to treat COPD. The multidisciplinary team can help you quit.
• Anxiety Group
Do you suffer from anxiety about everyday life? The Anxiety Management Group is a CBT-based group facilitated by two Mental Health Counsellors, and is designed to help patients understand their anxiety, to build skills that will help to manage it, and to work toward changing their beliefs and behaviors about what worries they have. The group is 7 weeks in duration and meets weekly for two hours. Group participants will receive their own workbooks to keep. So, if your worries about everyday things have become uncontrollable and excessive, making it difficult to function at work, home, or school, then this group may be for you. This program is dependent upon demand but typically is held twice per year. Contact the Prime Care FHT at 905-878-1720 for more information or to be placed on the list for the next group.
• Seniors Health
This program is for patients 55 years and older. Patients are seen on a referral basis for cognitive testing by a Nurse Practitioner and/or Registered Nurse. Patients who are interested in this program may contact their family physician’s office for a referral. We educate seniors about resources and services available by the Interdisciplinary Health Team Member within the Family Health Team. We provide assistance to seniors to access community safety assessments and resources. This program provides healthy eating resources including literature and group sessions. We offer assistance and support to caregivers of our senior patients to access community resources. The Registered Nurse provides a Home Visiting Program for seniors who are not able to visit their family physician regularly.
Seniors Wellness & Education for Living Life (SWELL)
This program is for patients 55 years and older. Patients are seen on a referral basis for cognitive testing by a Nurse Practitioner and/or
Registered Nurse. Patients who are interested in this program may contact their family physician’s office for a referral. We educate seniors
about resources and services available by the Interdisciplinary Health Team Member within the Family Health Team. We provide
assistance to seniors to access community safety assessments and resources. This program provides healthy eating resources including literature and group sessions. We offer assistance and support to caregivers of our senior patients to access community resources. The Registered Nurse provides a Home Visiting Program for seniors who are not able to visit their family physician regularly.
This program is modelled after the Canadian Mental Health Association's (CAMH) very successful Mood Walks program, and is for patients of all ages who have mild-to-moderate anxiety and/or depression. The benefits for participants are far reaching, and include improved physical health, maximized mood, and the opportunity to connect with others in the community.
• Nutrition & Arthritis
Through this group education program, patients who have arthritis are invited to learn more about the preventive measures such as consuming a nutritious, well-balanced diet, maintaining a healthy weight and including physical activity into their daily routine to help manage and reduce the progression of arthritis. Class is lead by the Dietitian and a Physiotherapist from The Arthritis Society. One-on-one follow up appointments are available as needed.
• Healthy You – Lifestyle and Wellness
This group education program is for any patient and their family who want to learn how to eat healthy to feel better, manage their weight and prevent diet-related health issues or to help manage current conditions. Patients will increase their knowledge and enhance their skills related to diet and physical activity goals to help make positive changes for optimal health and wellness. Topics include: achieving a healthy weight, proper eating habits, getting adequate nutrients to meet daily needs (including sodium, fat, fibre, and carbohydrates), and how to incorporate physical activity into your routine that will help improve one's quality of life. Class is lead by the Dietitian on a monthly basis. One-on-one follow up appointments are available as needed. Call our office to register for the next upcoming class 905-878-1720
• Here’s To Your Heart
This education program welcomes patients and their families who have heart disease (high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol or previous heart problems) or who have a family history of heart disease. The goal of the group session is to learn more about how diet and other lifestyle factors can help reduce the risk of developing and / or the progression of, heart disease. This program will provide information about how to change modifiable risk factors like stress, diet, smoking, obesity, and physical activity. Specific aspects of a heart healthy diet and how to incorporate tolerable physical activity will be discussed as well as strategies to help make these positive changes. Class is lead by the Dietitian and Diabetes Nurse Educator. One-on-one follow up appointments are available as needed. Call our office to register for the next upcoming class 905-878-1720.
• Tiny Tots (Infant, Toddler & Pre-School Eating & Growth Concerns)
Parents are assisted with both feeding and nutritional concerns from newborns to five years of age. Issues with breast or bottle feeding, transition to solids, transition to table foods, picky eaters, vegetarian babies, and children with diagnosed food allergies can be seen. Concerns about slow growth, anemia (low iron) and constipation are also addressed. A referral to see the pediatric nurse practitioner can be made through you physician's office.