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Allied Health Team
Our multi-disciplinary team includes rehabilitation services, chiropody, nutrition, Diabetes education, and Asthma education. As well as providing individual and family services, the team participates in Health Centre activities and community based programs.
The Health Centre has offered rehabilitation services to the North End Community since 1990.
Who is eligible to receive rehabilitation care (physiotherapy, occupational therapy, kinesiology) at NHCHC?
What are the hours of operation and contact information for the rehabilitation department at NHCHC?
Our rehabilitation department also places great importance on our role in teaching future health care professionals. We act as clinical preceptors for students from occupational therapy, physiotherapy, and physiotherapy-assistant programs from McMaster University, Mohawk College, other Ontario Universities, and D'Youville College in Buffalo. Our team mentors nearly 20 students each year!
If you are in need of our services or would like more information, please give us a call!
What is Physiotherapy?
Our physiotherapists participate in regular on-going learning and professional development activities, with current research findings and 'best practices' incorporated into evidence-based client care.
If you wish to learn more about physiotherapy, please visit the Canadian Physiotherapy Association's website for a wealth of information: http://www.physiotherapy.ca
How can the physiotherapists at NHCHC help me?
What is an Occupational Therapist?
Our Occupational Therapist participates in ongoing learning and professional development activities and is committed to providing collaborative, evidence-based service to clients in North Hamilton. If you would like to learn more about Occupational Therapy, please visit the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists website for more information: www.caot.ca
How can the Occupational Therapist at NHCHC help me?
What is Kinesiology?
Kinesiology is a sience of human movement. It focuses on how the body functions and moves . Kinesiologists focus on the prevention and wellbeing by developing exercise programs for people and helping them get and stay fit.
At NHCHC we have a diabetes Kinesiologist as well as a Student Kinesiologist.The diabetes Kinesiologist designs both individual and group excercise programming with a special focus on monitoring your diabetic needs.
In partnership with the University of Waterloo, a Kinesiology student is hired for four months at a time, to maintain the fitness program and provide assistance to the registered kinesiologist and physiotherapists on staff.
Following an initial fitness assessment, a personal gym program is designed for each individual, based on their interests, goals, and limitations. Several orientation sessions provide the individual with the necessary education on safe equipment technique and the benefits of regular exercise. The gym facility includes a variety of cardio and strengthening equipment.
Who is Eligible
If you are living with type 2 diabetes in Hamilton you are eligible to attend and must be refered from a health care professional or if you live int eh North End catchment area you can self refer. Please cal ( 905) 523-1184 Ext.3060 for an appointment or information .
What is Chiropody?
What Does A Chiropodist Do At NHCHC?
Who Is Eligible At NHCHC?
Clients may be referred by a health professional or may self-refer if they live in the North End. Call (905) 523-0090 for appointment information.
For more information on chiropdy, and to meet the chiropody team, please go to the Feet First: Steps for Health page.
What is a Dietitian?
Dietitians must complete an undergraduate degree specializing in nutrition from an accredited post secondary education institution, including a 1 year internship. Dietitians must also register with a regulatory body (College or Association) in the province in which they intend to practice. Most provinces require successful completion of the Canadian Dietetic Registration Examination (CDRE) for applicants to gain registration status.
Who is eligible to see a Dietitian at NHCHC:
- If the individual’s doctor is part of the Hamilton Family Health Team, the individual must ask for permission first
- Any individuals who’s doctor practices at NHCHC
How can a Dietitian help you?
The dietitian in our diabetes program can help you:
Our team of specialized diabetes educators includes a nurse, dietitian and pharmacist who are able to talk to you about your diabetes and address the following questions you may have
Diabetes Educators partner with patients, their families, and their family physician to teach diabetes self-management and help patients gain control of their disease. We will collaborate with other team members (physiotherapists, occupational therapists, kinesiologists, chiropodists and social work) to help treat, prevent, or maintain health status.
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a condition that causes the body to lose its ability to make or use insulin. In Type 1 diabetes, the pancreas stops producing enough insulin. In Type 2 diabetes, the body either does not make enough insulin or does not properly use the insulin it makes.
Without insulin, the body can't take glucose (a type of sugar produced from digested food) and convert it into energy. High levels of blood glucose caused by diabetes can lead to many long-term health problems, including a high risk of heart attack and stroke, kidney and eye damage, and serious skin or healing conditions.
What is a Diabetes Nurse Educator?
Diabetes Nurse Educators provide patient care, perform health and learning assessments, develop and update your individualized self-management education plan. They will teach you management skills, including:
Diabetes Nurses Educators have completed college or university requirements to practice as a nurse. They also have specialized training in diabetes and are nationally recognized as CDE's (certified diabetes educators).
Who is eligible to receive diabetes services at NHCHC?
What are the hours of operation and contact information for diabetes services at NHCHC?
Our department's phone number is (905) 523-1184. We are located on the 2nd floor of NHCHC. If you are in need of our services or would like more information, please give us a call!
Asthma Education Program
Asthma education is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays for clients of the Health Centre on a self-referral or health care provider-referral basis.
The Asthma Coordinator sees patients for spirometry, education about their asthma, assessment with respect to triggers, environmental control, use and role of medications, pathophysiology of chronic disease, and self management strategies. The coordinator also works with at risk populations (i.e. smokers) on assessment using spirometry for early detection of lung disease.