Offering services and support to help you manage chronic health conditions and to live a healthy, active and independent life.
OUR PROGRAMS INCLUDE:
Do you have diabetes? Would you like some support to better manage your condition and avoid complications of diabetes? Are you struggling to afford insulin, needles, and blood testing supplies? The Diabetes Education Program can help!
Our specialist team of Registered Nurses and 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.
The diabetes program is open to all residents of our region. Your Family Health Team doctor or nurse practitioner can refer you to our program, or if this is not an option, you may phone our office at 705-444-5885 to do a self-referral.
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.
Diabetes in Pregnancy
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.
- Weekly 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) 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 weekly supervised session at the YMCA will pay $52 + taxes 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*
If you are interested in participating in Cardiovascular Rehab, please have your healthcare provider complete and fax the referral form found here:
Important message for participants of GBFHT Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Program!
It remains a priority to us to continue to do our utmost to protect our staff and patients wherever we happen to connect with you. We very much appreciate your ongoing commitment to our masking requirements, that have continued to provide protection to us all throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
We ask that all staff and participants comply with symptom screening before attending a group. If you feel sick, please assume that you may have the virus and may be contagious:
Any one or more:
• Fever or chills• Cough• Shortness of breath• Decreased or loss of taste or smell
Any two or more of:
• Runny nose or nasal congestion• Headache• Extreme fatigue• Sore throat• Muscle aches or joint pain• Gastrointestinal symptoms (vomiting or diarrhea)
If you develop severe symptoms requiring medical attention, such as shortness of breath or chest pain, call 911 and inform them that you may have COVID-19.
If you have symptoms, stay at home and self-isolate to prevent spreading illness to others.
This link is to Public Health guidance: Much like our GBFHT masking policy, we have taken the general guidelines into consideration and adjusted them to fit our programming and our community more specifically. Please see below for further advice:
Returning to group after testing positive, exposure to a positive case, or symptoms of COVID-19
Because there may be times when you are exercising and need to remove your mask, and because we have a high proportion of seniors attending our programs, (and some folks with compromised immunity), we ask you to stay away from your CVR group for 10 days following the onset of your symptoms.
If you are well but have been exposed to a household member who has tested positive, please stay away from the CVR group for a 5-day period. Please test using a rapid antigen test kit (widely available in pharmacies and supermarkets) for up to 10 days after first exposure, to ensure that you remain COVID-free.
If you are well but have been exposed to a non-household member who has tested positive, you are not required to stay away from group, but we ask that you test daily for a 10 day period to ensure you remain COVID-free.
We are grateful to all our staff and participants for your ongoing commitment to keeping everyone safe and healthy. We will continue to review and edit these recommendations in accordance with our community risk level.
An informative video about Cardiovascular Rehabilitation!
Concussion Management Program
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, Neurologist and Occupational Therapy, through the Neurology Centre of Toronto
Do you wonder what blood pressure is and why it matters?
Our Health Care Provider 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
The Healthy Aging program supports older adults living with frailty and their caregivers, to live independently and safely in the community.
Frailty means having health problems that affect daily activities such as difficulty with balance, mobility, memory, bathing, keeping house etc.
A team of health care professionals will work with patients (and caregivers) to develop a self-care management plan.
Services may include:
- Assessments (cognitive, functional, mobility)
- Health Teaching about Healthy Aging
- Referrals to specialized geriatric services e.g., geriatrician, geriatric mental health
- Linkages to community supports e.g., Home and Community Care Support Services , Alzheimer Society
- Enrolment in the Seniors CARE Exercise Program
This is a community partnership program of the Georgian Bay Family Health Team, the South Georgian Bay Ontario Health Team and the North Simcoe Muskoka Specialized Geriatric 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 health care provider 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
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?
*subject to change as we follow COVID-19 Provincial guidelines
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/how to user your inhaler
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).