Health Care

Nursing

Home care nursing is a specialized area of nursing practice where patients are provided clinical care outside of a hospital setting by regulated nursing professionals.

Spectrum Health Care’s home care nursing services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and can be provided in a variety of settings including private homes, schools, workplaces and community facilities.

Our nursing services are goal oriented and designed to achieve specific measurable outcomes for patients while encouraging ownership and responsibility for their own care.

Are nursing services right for your loved one?

Certain illnesses and/or conditions may result in the need for clinical home care services. Our nurses are highly skilled and trained in providing nursing care to a variety of patients including those who require: wound and ostomy care, intravenous therapy, advanced illness and palliative care, chronic disease management, diabetes care and dementia care.

If your loved one requires short-term or long-term clinical care, our team of dedicated nursing professionals can develop a customized care plan that meets your loved one's home care services and health care needs.

The diagnosis of a palliative or advanced illness can often be challenging and complex. Spectrum Health Care’s advanced illness and palliative care services are designed to support the unique needs of a patient's diagnosis by focusing on the physical, emotional and spiritual care required for a patient and their family support system.

Our advanced illness and cancer palliative care services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and are provided by a multi-disciplinary team of health professionals.

Are advanced illness and cancer palliative care services right for your loved one?

If your loved one has been diagnosed with an advanced illness or require palliative care for cancer, our team of dedicated health care professionals can develop a customized care plan that is flexible and adaptable to the various stages of your loved one's condition.

Our advanced illness, palliative care and palliative nursing services include:

  • 24/7 access to our interdisciplinary team of clinicians, including physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, personal support workers, physiotherapists, companions, paramedics, wellness practitioners and spiritual/bereavement care providers
  • Dedicated program managers to provide ongoing assessments of care plans
  • Family caregiver relief and practical supports
  • Information services to help your loved one navigate the health care system

The recovery stage after surgery is an important part of an individual’s healing process. Spectrum Health Care’s post-surgery/wound care services are designed to support patients during their recovery through the provision of customized nursing and personal and home support services.

Our post-surgery/wound care services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and are provided by trained nurses and personal support workers.

Are post-surgery/wound care services right for your loved one?

If your loved one is recovering from a surgical procedure or have been discharged from the hospital with a wound that needs clinical care, our post-surgery/wound care services can ensure that the proper healing process occurs, resulting in a quick and worry-free recovery.

Our post-surgery/wound care services include:

  • Administering medication by registered nursing staff
  • Monitoring pain management
  • Providing wound care and addressing medical needs
  • Assessing the need for specialized wound and ostomy care by specialized nurses
  • Educating your loved one on the stages of recovery

Did you know?

Spectrum Health Care employs specialized nurses with advanced knowledge and clinical skills in wound, ostomy and continence care. These nurses are referred to as Enterostomal Therapy Nurses (ETNs).

Alzheimer’s and other related dementias cause progressive problems with memory, thinking and behaviour. As an individual’s cognitive abilities begin to decline, assistance is often required to help the individual remain independent.

Spectrum Health Care’s Alzheimer’s and dementia care services are designed to support patients and their families with the gradual stages of cognitive impairment.

Our Alzheimer’s and dementia care services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and are provided by nurses and personal support workers who are specially trained in the provision of care to individuals with these conditions.

Are Alzheimer’s and dementia care services right for your loved one?

If your loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia, our team of dedicated health care professionals can develop a customized care plan that is flexible and adaptable to the various stages of their condition.

Our Alzheimer's and dementia care services include:

  • Nursing services to address clinical care needs
  • Home and personal care services to address home health care needs
  • Family caregiver relief services to provide continued care while a primary caregiver runs an errand or takes a break

Did you know?

Individuals suffering from Alzheimer's Disease or other forms of dementia may have a hard time with basic daily activities. Here are some helpful tips to help your loved one cope with daily living:

Dressing

To minimize the challenge of dressing, keep dressing time consistent, encourage your loved one to dress at the same time each day. Keep clothing options to a few choices, invite them to help and provide step-by-step dressing instructions when needed.

Bathing

Keep bathing and shower routines consistent, ensure you explain what you are going to do step-by-step to keep the individual calm. Make sure you have everything you will need ready in advance, and consider using grab bars and mats to increase safety and prevent falls.

Eating

Create and maintain a regular and familiar meal time routine that allows for adaptions to the needs of your loved one. Keep food choices, textures, colours and flavours to a minimum; this will assist your loved one and will help them to enjoy the basic pleasures of eating.

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Proper rehabilitation after suffering a stroke is an important factor for successful long-term recovery. Spectrum Health Care’s stroke care services are designed to provide support and clinical care that fosters independence and positive recovery.

Our stroke care services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and are provided by trained nurses, physiotherapists and personal support workers who understand the commitment and dedication required when caring for patients who have survived a stroke.

Are stroke care services right for your loved one?

If your loved one have been discharged from a hospital or rehabilitation facility and require stroke aftercare services, our team of dedicated health care professionals can develop a customized care plan that is flexible and adaptable to the various stages of their recovery.

Our care plans are tailored to the needs of each patient and include the following services:

  • Nursing services aid patients in reaching their maximum recovery potential through continuous monitoring, assessment of care plan, pain and symptom management and education
  • Physiotherapy services help patients regain mobility and ranges of movement
  • Personal and home support services assist with activities of daily living including meal preparation, housekeeping, personal hygiene, toileting and errand running
  • Family caregiver relief services provide continued care while a primary caregiver runs an errand or takes a break

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If your loved one recently had a stroke, we've put together some information and practical tips that you may find helpful:

Rehabilitation

If your loved one recently had a stroke, it is important to remember that rehabilitation is a vital aspect of recovery as it helps stroke survivors learn new ways of performing tasks that will help compensate for any residual damage.

Rehabilitation can consist of physiotherapy, psychotherapy, occupational, recreational, speech and language therapy.

Having a supportive home environment which includes a network of family, friends, neighbours and co-workers is a significant aspect of recovery. To maximize your loved one's at-home rehabilitation, consider working with a home care provider who can provide your loved one with the dedicated care and assistance needed during the rehabilitation process.

This may include assisting stroke patients with activities of daily living such as food preparation and personal hygiene, or providing counselling and professional advice on what medical supplies or devices would be of benefit to your loved one's overall recovery.

Rehabilitation is an ongoing process which may range from a few months to a few years. While full recovery is the goal, it takes long-term effort and commitment on the part of the patient, medical professionals and caregivers to enable patients to reach their maximum recovery potential.

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With a proper diet and a healthy lifestyle, individuals living with diabetes can enjoy a normal and active life. Spectrum Health Care’s diabetes care services are designed to promote healthy diabetes management and lifestyle practices.

Our diabetes care services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and are provided by our highly skilled nurses and personal support workers who are specially trained in diabetes management.

Are diabetes care services right for you?

If you are living with diabetes and require assistance with the day-to-day management of your condition, our diabetes care services can provide your loved one with the care they need to tackle their diabetes.

Our diabetes services include:

  • Foot Care: to ensure a proper foot care regime that maintains healthy feet, nails and skin to avoid blisters and/or sores
  • Insulin administration from a registered nurse
  • Blood and glucose monitoring from a registered nurse

Did you know?

Practicing healthy eating is an important part of managing diabetes. We've put together some useful information and tips that can help.

Effective diabetes management involves monitoring blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol levels on a regular basis. Making healthy dietary choices can also help manage diabetes; here are a few dietary tips to remember:

  • Include more high-fibre foods in diet – whole-grain breads and cereals, lentils, dried beans and peas, brown rice, veggies and fruits. Foods high in fibre can make your loved one feel full and may lower blood glucose and cholesterol levels.
  • Check with your loved one's health care provider before deciding to include alcohol in your loved one's diet. It can affect their blood glucose level.
  • Eat three meals per day at regular times and space meals no more than 6 hours apart.
  • Limit sugars and sweets such as regular soft drinks, desserts, candies, jam and honey.
  • Limit the amount of high-fat foods your loved one eats such as fried foods, chips and pastries.
  • Choose foods high in starch such as whole grain breads, cereals, rice, noodles or potatoes.

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The importance of proper foot care

Your loved one's feet can be an early warning about serious health problems such as diabetes, nerve damage, poor blood circulation and arthritis. People can develop serious foot problems as they age, which puts their health, independence and well-being at risk.

Our foot care nurses are specially trained in the provision of foot care and provide treatment, information and support that assist in the promotion of healthy feet and healthy living.

Are foot care services right for your loved one?

If your loved one has been diagnosed with an ailment that may affect the health of their feet (i.e. diabetes), our team of specially trained foot care nurses can provide the care required to maintain happy and healthy feet.

Our foot care services include:

  • Personalized assessment of feet and nails
  • Toenail trimming and filing
  • Cream application and foot massages to enhance circulation
  • Assessment and treatment of corns and calluses
  • Advice on how to prevent and care for corns, calluses, toenails and feet conditions
  • Referrals to appropriate resources if required

Our foot care programs are designed to provide patients with the techniques, knowledge and information required to take responsibility for the health and well-being of their feet.

Let us take care of your loved one's feet

Join us at one of our community foot care clinics and let our nurses take care of your loved one's feet. For details on clinics in your community click here.

Call 647-953-1647 to book your foot care today!

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