Offering services and support to help you manage chronic health conditions and to live a healthy, active and independent life.
OUR PROGRAMS INCLUDE:
Our specialist team (3 Registered Nurses and 3 Registered Dietitians) can assist with:
- Managing insulin dosing
- Avoiding low blood glucose
- Learning more about up to date medications
- Learning how to avoid medications through lifestyle and activity
- Understanding a healthy, well-balanced nutrition plan
Group or individual appointments are available. We work closely with Doctor to provide seamless, collaborative care.
Type 2 Diabetes
The session will cover the following topics; what is type 2 diabetes? blood glucose monitoring, dietary intake, physical activity, medications, hype and hyperglycemia management, uncontrolled diabetes and complications, mental well-being, and foot care.
Pre Diabetes Group
This information group helps patients better understand pre-diabetes. Run by a registered nurse and our registered dietitian. Topics covered include; what is pre-diabetes, dietary intake, physical activity, and moving forward with pre-diabetes.
This clinic is run weekly for women with gestational diabetes. An initial information session is held with a Registered Nurse and Registered Dietitian in a group format, and follow-up appointments are scheduled individually.
Nutrition Information for Type 2 Diabetes
- Increase your exercise tolerance
- Provide education with respect to your cardiovascular disease
- Assist you in developing a safe and effective home exercise program, and a commitment to lifelong exercise
- Encourage you to make healthy lifestyle choices in order to eliminate or control cardiovascular disease risk factors.
- Reduce your risk of recurrent cardiovascular disease events and hospitalizations.
- Once per week supervised exercise session for 24 weeks (6 Months)
- Sessions will be 90 minutes in length
- Offered at Collingwood and Wasaga Beach YMCA
- Exercise will include warm-up, aerobic training, resistance exercises and cool down, under the supervision of a Registered Kinesiologist and Rehabilitation Assistant.
- Heart rate, blood pressure and pulse oximetry monitoring will be available.
- Each session will begin with a 10-15 minute educational discussion led by the Registered Kinesiologist.
- Cover a wide range of topics related to exercise, and cardiovascular disease and its management.
- In addition to the brief education sessions that accompany exercise class, there are also a series of longer education classes covering topics such as Nutrition (Dietician), Medications (Nurse Practitioner), and Stress Management (Social Worker). Patients are welcome to bring their partner or other family members to these education sessions.
Where is it held?
Collingwood YMCA, Wednesdays
Wasaga Beach YMCA, Thursdays
- Participants who wish to only attend their one supervised session per week at the YMCA will pay $48 for the 24-week Program.
- Participants may also choose to purchase a full YMCA general membership for 6 months at the discounted rate of $180+taxes for adults, $150+taxes for seniors (60 years+). This fee may be split into 6 monthly payments on Visa, MC or through a bank account.
Parking at both YMCA facilities is FREE!
*Fees may be adjusted for those who are unable to afford them*
an informative video about Cardiovascular Rehabilitation!
Concussion Management Program
Concussion 101 Group Education Session
Sustained a concussion? Getting the right information about recovery is important!
Watch the ‘Concussion 101’ video below. It includes:
- General information about concussion management & recovery
- Strategies to help promote recovery, manage symptoms and develop a timeline to help get you back to work, school, sport and life!
- Appropriate for adults who have an acute concussion (less than 4 weeks post concussion)
Concussion Do’s and Dont’s
For Prolonged and Persistent Symptoms Post Concussion Speak to your physician or NP about a referral to specialist services through the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN)
Do you wonder what blood pressure is and why it matters?
Our Registered Nurse responsible for the Hypertension Program can provide you with:
- Education or information about blood pressure and hypertension.
- A review of lifestyle changes to achieve healthy blood pressure or hypertension control.
- Ongoing blood pressure monitoring.
- Help in reducing your blood pressure, along with the help of your Family Doctor or Nurse Practitioner.
24-Hour Blood Pressure Monitor
The 24-Hour Blood Pressure Monitor allows us to track your blood pressure as you move around, living your everyday life.
Why might your doctor want you to wear the 24-hour monitor?
- To help in the diagnosis of Hypertension by tracking your Blood Pressure throughout the day and night.
- To see if there is a difference between your blood pressure readings in the clinic and away from the clinic.
- To see how well your medicines are working, and to make sure they are controlling your blood pressure through the day.
Healthy Aging Program
Our Healthy Aging Program is delivered by a registered nurse and an occupational therapist.
The Healthy Aging Program has been developed for older adults faced with the challenges of ageing. For example, you may have problems with falls, balance, osteoporosis, arthritis, cognition and other individual health concerns identified by your family doctor.
The goal of the program is to work with you to identify attainable and realistic self-care management strategies to maintain and improve your health to the best of your ability.
The Registered Nurse and Occupational Therapist will provide patient-centred assessment and health teaching and help you link to appropriate exercise programs and community resources.
These may include:
- Cognitive Screening Assessment.
- Functional ADL Assessment.
- Home Safety Assessment.
Our team may also refer you for Geriatrician assessment via the telemedicine network (OTN).
With the patient/family, your healthy ageing team will develop a plan of care that will be communicated to your doctor.
The Healthy Aging Program can help link patients to programs such as Home for Life, First Link Alzheimer’s, 211, Pharmacy Meds Check, Integrated Regional Falls Program, Nordic Pole Walking, GBFHT Balance Program (exercise for balance, strength, mobility, falls prevention), VON Smart, Arthritis Society Physiotherapist, and other appropriate services.
Our Registered Dietitian is an expert in food and nutrition and its impact on health.
What does a Dietitian do?
- Provides education, advice and counselling about food and nutrition.
- Works with people who have developed chronic diseases, as well as people who are trying to prevent them.
- Uses non-diet and goal-oriented strategies to focus on BEHAVIOURS instead of OUTCOMES.
Here are some of the reasons you may visit a Dietitian:
Weight | Meal planning | Family nutrition | Iron deficiency | Label reading | Picky eating | Diverticulosis | Cholesterol | Grocery shopping | Irritable bowels | Vegetarianism | Blood pressure | PCOS | Food intolerances | Osteoporosis | Constipation | Trying new foods | Food allergies| Kidney stones | Diarrhea | Healthy recipes | Seniors nutrition | Fibromyalgia | Heartburn | Cooking for one | Maternal nutrition | Eating on a budget.
The program offers a variety of Information Sessions, including:
- Heart Health Eating.
- Healthy Eating, Healthy Weight.
- Feeding Your Bones.
Our Registered Dietitian is not the food police and does not expect you to be perfect! They want to help you develop a positive relationship with food and eat in a way that is both enjoyable and sustainable
If you’d like some information before you see a Registered Dietitian, this is a website brought to you by Dietitians of Canada that has a lot of information on various topics in nutrition, including heart health, picky eating, bowel health to name a few. It also has recipes, videos, meal plans etc!
Canada’s Food Guide
The Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) allows you to meet with your health care specialists using live, two-way videoconferencing systems.
There are over 40 specialities available, including:
- Child Psychiatry
- Adult Psychiatry
- Neurology (e.g., Movement Disorders & Post-Concussion)
- Nephrology (Kidney Specialist)
- Diabetes Care
OTN enables patients to see their doctor close to home; saving them time and travel costs.
We offer individualized intensive smoking cessation support by TEACH certified smoking cessation counsellors. Our nurses will help you develop an individualized quit plan and support you along this journey.
Access to the STOP Program is available, which is a study that provides qualified patients with free nicotine replacement therapy* such as:
Double your chance of quitting by adding a program and a product to your quit plan.
*some limitations may apply
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a progressive lung disease that makes it difficult to breathe. It was commonly known as Chronic Bronchitis or Emphysema.
Our Respiratory Educators can help COPD patients to:
- Increase knowledge of what COPD is
- Explore self-management strategies
- Review inhaler techniques
- Introduce you to a COPD action plan
- Discuss benefits of Pulmonary Rehab
* Please note that due to Covid-19 we currently only offering telephone or virtual apt.
Living Well with COPD www.livingwellwithcopd.com
Lung Health Foundation www.lunghealth.ca
How to use your inhaler www.lung.ca/lung-health/get-help
WHAT IS PULMONARY REHABILITATION?
The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is designed for individuals with chronic lung diseases, such as a COPD. The program includes supervised exercises classes and education sessions from regulated healthcare professionals.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
Pulmonary Rehabilitation is recommended for people with COPD.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
- Improve your physical fitness (regain your endurance and muscle strength)
- Better understand your breathing limitations, and overcome your fears and anxieties
- Improve your well being and independence
- Reduce the risk of having exacerbations in the future
- Return to work and/or other hobbies you enjoy
- Incorporate healthy lifestyle changes into your life
WHERE IS IT HELD?
*Please note that due to Covid-19 the community based program is on hold and we are only able to offer home exercise programs.
Collingwood YMCA located at 200 Hume Street, Collingwood, ON L9Y 4E8
HOW DO I GET INTO THE PROGRAM?
- Referred by Physician or Nurse Practitioner
- Will need to complete a breathing test and 6 minute walk test
This program is a joint partnership between our Family Health Team, the YMCA Collingwood and the Collingwood General & Marine Hospital.
The goal of this program is to increase patient self-management skills. Our Certified Respiratory Educator will work with you to provide education about asthma control, inhaler technique(s), barriers with a treatment plan, triggers and introduce you to the Asthma Action Plan. Self-management plans for asthma are optimal asthma control to reduce the frequency of asthma attacks, and therefore maintain proper lung health.
This program has adopted the Primary Care Asthma Program (PCAP) best practice guidelines.
How to access:
Requires a referral from a Physician or Nurse Practitioner.
Will require a breathing test.
Lung health foundation www.lunghealth.ca
Asthma Canada www.asthma.ca
How to use your inhaler www.lung.ca/lung-health/get-help
Collingwood Health Centre
186 Erie Street
PHONE & FAX
The parking lot has 3 pay and display machines
Parking is $2.00 for 1.5 hours
The parking lot is run by CarPark (located in Toronto).