Leamington Family Health Team
The Team
Programs

PROGRAMS

 

Diabetes Education

  • Individual and group education available with Diabetes Nurse Educator, Registered Dietitian, Pharmacist, and Social Worker
  • Education based on individual needs may include blood glucose pattern management, medication adjustments including insulin initiation and titration, healthy eating, carbohydrate counting, stress management and physical activity

       Who can participate?

  • Anyone with a diagnosis of Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, pre diabetes or gestational diabetes
  • Please ask your provider for a referral

      What to expect in individual appointments:

  • Patient focused sessions to help improve blood glucose control
  • Follow up appointments booked as needed

       What to expect in group appointments:

  • A non-judgmental group setting for sharing experiences and support with the nurse educator, dietitian and physician
  • Patient focused education on blood glucose pattern management, medication adjustments including insulin initiation and titration, healthy eating, carbohydrate counting, stress management and physical activity
  • Quarterly follow up
  • Please ask your physician for options

       Is there a cost?

  • No, these programs and materials are funded by Ministry of Health

 Grief Support Group

Healthy Heart Program

  • Four week lifestyle program for patients with or at risk of heart disease
  • Focus includes education about heart disease, medications, lifestyle changes to improve and prevent heart disease

      Who can participate:

  • Anyone with one or more of the following: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, angina, atrial fibrillation (A-fib), or had a stroke or heart attack
  • Anyone with a family history of any of the above
  • Please ask your provider for a referral

      What to Expect:

  • A non-judgmental group setting for sharing experiences and support
  • Sessions focused on preventative and health management strategies including the following:
    • Smoking cessation
    • Healthy eating
    • Low salt strategies
    • Changing the fats in our diet
    • Physical activity
    • Medications
    • Warning Signs and what to do

        Is there a cost?

  • No, this program and materials are funded by Ministry of Health

Healthy You Weight Management Program

  • A holistic lifestyle / non-diet 11 week program to help achieve a healthier you
  • Overall focus on healthy eating, physical activity and emotional support
  • Analysis of results from ten group programs shows that the Healthy You Weight Management Group resulted in four-times greater weight loss than individual treatment and participant satisfaction was consistently positive.
  • Groups scheduled monthly. See Calendar for the next scheduled series

       Who can participate:

  • Anyone interested in changing their lifestyle to become healthier
  • Anyone interested in better managing chronic diseases
  • Please ask your provider for a referral

      What to expect:

  • A non-judgmental group setting for sharing experiences and support
  • Sessions focused on addressing barriers to change, how to overcome barriers and making positive lifestyle changes for a healthier you
  • Support from dietitian and social worker

      Is there a cost?

  • No, this program and materials are funded by Ministry of Health

 INR Clinic

 

Memory Clinic

 The Memory Clinic is a specialized service for people with memory loss and dementia. Diagnosis and intervention is provided for people concerned about changes in their memory or the memory of someone they care about. Symptoms of memory loss:

 

  • Changes in performing daily activities and/or changes in job performance
  • Becoming more forgetful: that is, having trouble with short-term memory
  • Needing more reminders
  • Forgetting recent conversations
  • Asking the same question over and over again
  • Forgetting appointments, special occasions, and/or forgetting to take medications
  • Difficulty finding the right word or losing one's train of thought in mid-sentence
  • Regularly misplacing items, such as keys or wallet
  • Difficultly looking after finances (writing cheques, banking or investing money)
  • Getting lost in familiar areas
  • Changes in personality: for example, feeling sad, irritable or less interested

       Our services

  • Diagnosis and treatment
  • Monitoring of the patients condition and ongoing care
  • Information and support to understand and cope with memory changes

       Our team includes

  • Physician trained in Geriatrics
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Social Worker
  • Pharmacist
  • Nurse

What happens at the first appointment?
The appointment usually lasts for about three hours. The patient is seen by several members of the team. Memory tests and physical and neurological (brain function) examinations are performed. A family member or friend who knows the concerns about memory and can discuss them with the medical team will be asked to join the patient, and will also meet with the doctors and the social worker.

Referral Process
Primary care physicians or specialists can refer patients. Contact the Memory Clinic for a referral form. The Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) covers the costs of services provided by the Clinic. The Memory Clinic will assess patients with cognitive impairment. This includes:

  • patients with an unclear diagnosis
  • patients whose families request the opinion of a specialist
  • patients with unusual presentations
  • patients with cognitive difficulties that may be related to:
  • a psychiatric disorder (such as depression)
  • a complex medical problem
  • drug interactions

       The Memory Clinic will not assess:

  • patients with stable developmental disorders
  • patients with acquired brain injuries

 Smoking Cessation
The pharmacist provides support and advice to patients who want to give up smoking. The program includes a readiness assessment where the patient may enrol in the smoking cessation program with an initial consultation and a number of followup consultation sessions.

The pharmacist will help tp faciliate access to appropriate stop smoking drugs and aids. For example, if a patient could benefit from prescription therapy to stop smoking, a pharmacist will engae the patient's healthcare provider to determine if a prescibed therapy is appropriate. The pharmacist may be able to provide patients with a variety of over-the-counter smoking cessation aids at no charge.

The pharmacist also facilitates a series of Smoking Cessation classes during which topics such as triggers to smoking,handling withdrawl symptoms and cravings, and preparing a Quit Plan are discussed. 

LAFHT Services
 

Chiropody

  • Chiropodist Services 3 days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday)
  • Foot care services for patients with the Family Health Team
  • By appointment only

Who can participate?

  • Patients who have foot care difficulties
  • Please ask your provider for a referral

Is there a cost?

  • No, these services are funded by Ministry of Health

Nutrition

  • Registered Dietitian offers education and support for the following nutrition-related areas:
    • Acid Reflux/ GERD
    • Anemia
    • Diabetes
    • Celiac
    • Eating disorders / Disordered eating
    • Failure to Thrive, picky eating
    • Food Allergies
    • High Blood Pressure
    • High Cholesterol
    • Irritable Bowel Disease, Crohn’s, Ulcerative Colitis, Diverticulosis
    • Kidney disease including electrolyte abnormalities
    • Osteoporosis
    • Weight Management

        Who can participate?

  • Anyone with one or more of the above conditions
  • Please ask your provider for a referral

       What to Expect:

  • Non-judgmental, patient focused approach to improve lifestyle for optimal health
  • Individual and family sessions available
  • Follow up appointments available as needed

        Is there a cost?

  • No, this service and any materials are funded by Ministry of Health

 

Social Work (Counseling)
 

 

Pharmacy COPD Education