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Judith: I’m in a good place now.

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PCN Judith

Judith was in her early eighties and living on her own when she ran into health issues that made it unsafe to be alone. She is a poor senior and neither her or her family knew where she could go to live safely.

Her family physician set up an appointment with the RDPCN Elder Care Assessment Clinic which she attended with her daughter. Judith was very nervous and hesitant about this appointment. When she got there she found a group of supportive, empathetic, courteous and helpful health care professionals. They made her very comfortable and relaxed. The assessment was very valuable. It set a baseline for Judith’s present condition. Her medications were reviewed which helped Judith, her family and her Doctor know what was going on. They informed her of some valuable resources including physio at the hospital. In fact, the family states that they were very surprised how much they didn’t know about the senior supports available. Previously the fees she was paying privately for physio were draining her resources. The clinic bridged her with community supportive living options and she fell in love with Pine Lodge. Luckily for her they had space and she willingly moved in a few months later. Her biggest challenge then was to downsize her stuff.

Judith and her family know this move would not have been nearly as smooth without the Elder Care Assessment Clinic. They are shocked and amazed how her move and accessing resources for her health needs came together so well. The PCN connected her with the key resources she needed. Judith and her family found out there is a system for poor seniors, and the Elder Care Assessment clinic is a great way to connect with it. Judith is in a very good situation now.

Click below for some other stories from Primary Care Network:

I Did Everything the Family Nurse suggested and it Worked like Magic!

Achieving Mental Health is an Everyday Task

 

Red Deer Primary Care Network (RDPCN) is a partnership between Family Doctors and Alberta Health Services. Health professionals such as psychologists, social workers, nurses and pharmacists work in clinics alongside family doctors. In addition, programs and groups are offered at the RDPCN central location. This improves access to care, health promotion, chronic disease management and coordination of care. RDPCN is proud of the patient care offered, the effective programs it has designed and the work it does with partners in health care and the community. www.reddeerpcn.com

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Good information is the miracle drug

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Good information is the miracle drug

James had been struggling with diabetes for more than 15 years. His health was getting worse and he was looking at increased medication. He also has high blood pressure and consumed significant alcohol. His doctor connected him with the family nurse in the clinic.

The nurse suggested he use the diabetes libre monitor. This tool tells him immediately the result of his food intake and other lifestyle factors. When you see the result on the chart, it is a strong visual aid and  you have nowhere to hide.  You have to  acknowledge that your choices are affecting your blood sugars. His job with the nurse’s support was first to reduce the peaks and then reduce the range of blood sugars. This tool was key to tying the information his nurse was telling him to his actions.

The nurse helped him to improve his diet and also got a dietitian to help him with certain aspects. He is now much more careful what he eats before going to bed to help with control overnight. The nurse helped him to understand how the medications work. She made it clear to him that the alcohol intake was detrimental to his health, so he stopped all intake. He could see the positive effect of weight loss as well as regular walking. His weight has gone from 206 to 156 pounds. This is back to the weight he was in his twenties. His blood sugars are now in the range of 6 to 9- the first time he has seen that in over a decade. His blood pressure is also significantly improved. At his next appointment, the team will review all of his medications and decide what he needs from here. He feels so much better. One improvement cascades to another,  he was able to immediately identify more energy, better awareness, increased ability to relax, ability to sleep deeper, and better agility and movement.

He states “The libre gave me immediate feedback and the nurse was there to help me understand what it all meant and why, that information made all the difference.”

Click here for more success stories from the Primary Care Network in Red Deer.

 

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Lunch Run! Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools delivering lunch to 52 families

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RDCRS helps feed families during COVID-19

Red Deer, Alberta During this time of school building closures, Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools (RDCRS) has been working to provide lunches for families in need. To date, the division has supported 52 families with basic lunch items, such as milk, bread, juice boxes, fruit, etc. These food items are delivered to the doorsteps of these families by our staff, while maintaining social distancing.

“During these tough economic times, it’s important that as a school division we continue to support families so they can focus on learning in their homes. We are happy to provide continued support for our families through the Alberta Education school nutrition grant. We online order food from local grocery stores and it is then distributed to those families that need it,” said Superintendent of Inclusive Learning, Dave Khatib at Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools.

Research shows students learn better and are able to achieve the goals of education when they have eaten a healthy meal. For the next 12 weeks, RDCRS hopes to use the school nutrition grant to continue providing basic lunch items for these families.

“Thanks to the strong relationships our staff have already built with many of our students and their families, we were able to quickly identify and connect with families who were likely to require support and even complete a food hamper delivery within the first week of school closures. We also developed ways to connect with our entire school community to reinforce our commitment to supporting students emotionally, physically and spiritually,” said Family School Enhancement Counsellor, Rozalyn Vickery at Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools.

Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools serves over 10,480 students in 21 schools in Red Deer, Sylvan Lake, Rocky Mountain House, Innisfail, and Olds. It also supports the learning of over 600 students in a Home Education Program. The Division is committed to serving children and parents with a complete offering of learning opportunities delivered within the context of Catholic teachings and within the means of the Division.

 

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