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Local Ontario health team submits progress report to Ministry of Health

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Local Ontario health team submits progress report to Ministry of Health
Left to right: Chris Carvalho, General Manager and Sara Beauclerc, Director of Wellness, both of Kawartha Lakes Retirement Residence; Barb Mildon and Veronica Nelson.

The City of Kawartha Lakes Ontario Health Team (CKL-OHT) has taken the next step toward designation as an Ontario health team by submitting an official progress report to the Ontario Ministry of Health.

Ontario Health Teams are being introduced to provide a new way of organizing and delivering services in local communities, according to the provincial government. Under Ontario health teams, the health care providers you see (including hospitals, doctors and home care providers) will work as one coordinated team — no matter where they provide care.

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New community foundation launches in Kawartha Lakes to address local needs

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Photo: Jean Walsh.

Residents of Kawartha Lakes and local communities and organizations received a new tool Monday night to help build our “community of communities.” More than 60 people were on hand Monday evening in the Kent Place Mall atrium to attend and celebrate the launch of the Community Foundation of Kawartha Lakes.

Enjoying local food and beverages, live music, and a slide show video presentation, guests from across Kawartha Lakes including representatives of several local charities were on hand to welcome the new community foundation.

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Mike Puffer a big part of our caring, supportive community

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Think about what contributes to a caring, supportive community. Any list would include the service clubs and the churches. Arguably, the press belong there. Near the top would be agencies like United Way and Community Care.

For decades Mike Puffer has played key roles in all of these.

Later this month, after 11 years as Executive-Director of the United Way and 14 years as Communications Officer with Community Care, Mike is “retiring” (more about the quotation marks later).

When I sit down with him it’s to hear some reflections on his professional and volunteer services. We meet upstairs at Remedy’s RX on Kent, the independent pharmacy owned and operated by his wife, Cathy.

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Accessibility Awareness Recognition awards handed out by City

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Kawartha Conservation was one of the winners of an accessibility award.

Accessibility for all. This simple statement has inspired many to work towards a barrier-free Kawartha Lakes. From rethinking the design of a building to hosting programs for the elderly, accessibility can be celebrated and encouraged in many ways throughout Kawartha Lakes.

Each year, to honour the efforts of those working towards a more accessible municipality, Kawartha Lakes recognizes residents, organizations and employees at the Accessibility Awareness Recognition Awards.

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Community Care dental clinic available no matter one’s income level

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It’s hoped that the lower fees will help more families access regular oral health services.

April has been proclaimed as Oral Health Month by the Ontario Oral Health Alliance, the ideal time to talk about the need for everyone in this country to have access to affordable dental care.

Currently, Ontario Health Insurance (OHIP) covers health care for every part of a person’s body, except teeth and gums. A recent study by Public Health Ontario found that one in five Ontarians does not visit a dentist because they cannot afford it. The cost of oral health services and/or lack of private coverage can significantly deter many local residents from obtaining proper, regular dental care. As a result, thousands of people in this province suffer with pain and infection from poor oral health.

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United Way grant supports teleconferencing group for caregivers

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Christine Woodhouse, Client Support Worker with the Community Care Health & Care Network.

The United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes (UWCKL) has announced that the Community Care Health and Care Network is the recipient of a $5,000 grant from the Telecare Mona Hall Fund. The funds will be used to help Community Care create a free teleconference caregiver support program, based on a successful pilot project.

Penny Barton Dyke, Executive Director for UWCKL said, “The funds will be dedicated to setting up a communication support system to assist families who are caring for a relative or friend. Community agencies and partners have seen significant increases in the number of families taking on the role of informal care providers for a family member in their home and the prediction is this role will increase with our aging population.”

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Meals on Wheels may be the only social interaction some have on Christmas Day

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Art Myers, left, and Len Skelton, right, volunteers for Meals on Wheels.

It’s the time of year when we look ahead just a few weeks to the Christmas season. For many people, it’s a ‘warm and fuzzy’ exercise as they anticipate family gatherings and meals accented with laughter, merriment and reflections of their blessings. It’s not necessarily so for everyone, however.

As much as the holiday season can be heartwarming and positive for some, it also a very ‘blue’ time for others who may be without family and friends. Stress of the holidays can combine with circumstances that trigger sadness and melancholy instead of happiness and positive moods. Not everybody looks forward to the holidays, especially if it means being alone.

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Community Care, Family Health Team keep Woodville Medical open

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Health care services continue to be available at the Woodville Medical Centre, thanks to a collaborative effort between the Community Care Health & Care Network and the City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team.

Following the departure of Dr. Muhammed Khan from his practice at the Woodville Medical Centre at the end of October, the two organizations have stepped up to meet the health care needs of Woodville residents through an interim arrangement until March 31, 2019.

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Basic Income gave recipients the chance to plan ahead

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There’s certainly been a large amount of attention paid to the Province’s decision to end the Basic Income Pilot program early next year, rather than seeing the plan through fully to its original three-year time period. As one of three Ontario communities selected for the program, the City of Kawartha Lakes has hundreds of residents currently receiving the guaranteed income payments.

Recently, members of Community Care’s health care team met with two clients who are Basic Income recipients. We heard their stories of how the program was making a bit of a positive difference for them and their families. Their willingness to share their stories was appreciated.

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Giving caregivers ‘powerful tools’ to manage

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Almost half of those identified as caregivers are also raising their own families.

At first glance, the numbers are overwhelming, until you pause to think about them. It is estimated that in North America, one out of every four households provides caregiving – millions of people taking on care services for a relative or friend over the age of 50.

With our aging population, more and more people find themselves in situations that they may never have imagined. Almost half of those identified as caregivers in our society are also raising their own family simultaneously, and two-thirds work either full- or part-time. The added pressure and stress of caregiving responsibilities are not easy to handle.

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