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  • Caring for a Loved One Diagnosed With Cancer | Qualicare

    The team at Qualicare understands how difficult it can be—both physically and emotionally—when your aging loved one is diagnosed with cancer. The tasks involved can be overwhelming, which is why we want you to know that our team is always here to help you care for your loved one. We have a few tips ...
  • All About Inflammation

    All you need to know about inflammation To discuss inflammation, what it is caused by, what the risk factors are and ways to treat it, we first have to define the term. There are two types of inflammation: acute and chronic. Acute inflammation occurs over seconds, minutes, hours, and days, and ...
  • Should I get a PSA Test?

    Caregiving experts advise: should you get a PSA test? The prostate-specific antigen, or PSA, test measures inflammation that can be elevated for many reasons other than cancer, such as normal enlargement of the prostate with age or an infection. As caregiving professionals , this is the advice we ...
  • Healthy Living - Diabetes

    Hospital support staff give advice to people living with diabetes As hospital support staff and caregivers, we often have patients who are living with diabetes. Here is the latest research. Using both the data of modern science and the time-proven traditions of complementary medicine, Dr. Heather ...
  • Parkinson's and Homecare

    Parkinson’s and home care Do people with Parkinson’s need a full-time caregiver? Parkinson’s is a complex progressive neurological disease resulting from the loss of dopamine in the brain. The three primary symptoms are tremor, muscle stiffness and slowness of movement. Other symptoms include ...
  • Apples, Pears, Bananas and Strokes

    Research shows that apples, pears and bananas may reduce the risk of strokes A major research study published in the Sept. 15/2011 issue of Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association indicates that high levels of consumption of white-fleshed fruit and vegetables can protect people from ...
  • Diabetes Self-Check List

    Healthcare advice: read our diabetes self-check list Our healthcare professionals have rounded up a list of symptoms and signs to look out for if you suspect that you have diabetes: Noticeable increase of thirst and urination: One of the most common and detectable symptoms of diabetes is frequent ...
  • Talking to Children About Your Cancer

    Healthcare professionals discuss talking to children about cancer Many people struggle to decide whether children should be told about the cancer diagnosis of a parent, grandparent or loved one. Our healthcare professionals provide some key reasons why children should be told: A child has a right to ...
  • Cancer Pain Management

    Cancer pain management advice from homecare professionals Using both the data of modern science and the time-proven traditions of complementary medicine, Dr. Heather Tick M.D. has helped tens of thousands of hospital and homecare patients reach their peak levels of health over the past 30 years. She ...
  • "Ask a Nurse" - Alzheimer's Concern

    Nursing professionals discuss caring for people with Alzeimer’s disease Question posed to our nursing professionals : My mother has Alzheimer's disease, and she is experiencing early and mid-stages of forgetfulness, disorientation, and all the rest of it. She is very stubborn in acknowledging that ...
  • "Ask a Nurse" - Stroke/24 Hour Care Concern

    Question: My mother, in her 80’s, had a stroke a year ago; and since then has been requiring assistance at home 24 hours a day. My father has pancreatic cancer and is also living with her in the family home, but is unable to care for his wife; including assisting with Activities of Daily Living. My ...
  • Parkinson's and 'Wearing Off'

    Parkinson’s is a slowly progressive disease which means that its symptoms will gradually change and evolve over time, becoming more severe. Many of the symptoms of Parkinson’s respond well to drug treatment, but over time, the response a patient may get from their medication and the way it controls ...
  • Exercises For The Home

    Elder care exercise advice Stretching and maintaining basic mobility are a part of healthy living, especially in older adults. Here you can find a list of elder care exercises you can do at home from standing, sitting, or in bed. download file: Qualicare Exercises.compressed.pdf If you or a loved ...
  • Parkinson's Caregiving Tips

    Parkinson’s disease is a brain disorder that occurs when nerve cells in the brain break down. This means that the body makes movements on its own, without regard for how a person wants his or her body to move. The most common symptom is called tremor – the involuntary shaking of limbs. Other ...
  • Healthy Living - 10 Anti-Inflammatory Foods

    Healthcare experts advise: 10 Anti-Inflammatory Foods By: Dr. Heather Tick Using both the data of modern science and the time-proven traditions of complementary medicine, Dr. Heather Tick M.D. has helped tens of thousands of patients reach their peak levels of health over the past 30 years. She is ...
  • Ask a Qualicare Specialist: Non-natural Sweeteners and Diabetes

    Ask a Healthcare Specialist: Non-natural Sweeteners and Diabetes Question for our healthcare experts: Dear Qualicare, I am currently taking care of my elder friend who has diabetes. She suffers with diabetic seizures regularly and I am concerned she is addicted to sugar, the worst substance for a ...
  • Healthy Feet

    Healthcare experts discuss the impact of diabetes on your feet Our healthcare experts have seen many people suffering from diabetes develop foot problems as this is a common side effect of having diabetes. Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes cause damage to blood vessels and peripheral nerves that can ...
  • "Ask a Nurse" Just Found Out My Father Has Liver Cancer

    Palliative care for a father with liver cancer Question: Dear Qualicare, I have just experienced something that I never thought possible, and I need to have some information to help me figure out what to do next. After waiting in the hospital for hours, we just found out that my father has liver ...
  • Vitamin D and Diabetes

    Vitamin D is known as the ‘sunshine vitamin’. Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium and maintain bone, joint, and muscle health. The skin naturally produces this vitamin after exposure to sunlight. Many people have are inside too much with office jobs, and when they are outside they slather on ...
  • Is There Now a Cure for Diabetes?

    Since November is Diabetes Awareness Month, we wanted to share some incredibly exciting news about a potential cure for Type 2 Diabetes. OK. OK. Perhaps the previous sentence is a little dramatic, but studies published this year have presented some pretty compelling evidence that a surgical ...
  • "Ask a Nurse" - Parkinson's Disease

    Question: My husband is 82 and has had Parkinson's disease for over 10 years, however his care needs are increasing and I am finding that the strain on me as the primary caregiver is interfering with my being able to get a good night's rest and to tend to caring for my own healthcare and personal ...
  • A Moustache For a Cause

    A Moustache For a Men’s Healthcare Cause For several years now, the month of November has been known as "Movember" in order to raise awareness for men's healthcare . To date, the Movember Foundation has raised $650 million and is currently funding over 1,000 year -round programs in numerous ...
  • Diabetes Education

    Homecare experts provide diabetes education Signs of hypoglycemia (low blood glucose) Cold, clammy or sweaty skin Pallor Difficulty concentrating Shakiness, lack of coordination (e.g. deterioration in writing or printing skills) Irritability, hostility and poor behaviour A staggering gait Fatigue ...
  • Palliative Care - Raising Awareness Key to Improving Access

    Raising awareness about palliative care CBC News in Depth: Health Care - Dec. 7, 2007. If you're a Canadian suffering from a terminal illness, there's a good chance haven't considered palliative care — even if you're aware the services exist and have access to them. The primary goal of palliative ...
  • Recognizing a Stroke

    A caregiver advises on how to recognize a stroke As professional caregivers , we understand that symptoms of a stroke are sometimes difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the ...
  • What is Occupational Therapy?

    Healthcare and occupational therapy Occupational therapy is a client-centered health profession concerned with promoting health and well-being through occupation. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to assist people to overcome various limitations in order to live more independent lives. ...
  • Spice Things Up

    Healthcare tips: spices that fight inflammation Along with a healthy diet and exercise, there are many spices you can add to your food that help fight inflammation. Herbs and cooking spices contain a wide variety of antioxidants, minerals and vitamins, and help maximize the nutrient density of your ...
  • Compassionately Managing Care

    by Andrea Nathanson, R.N. "Palliative" and "Care" are two words that may provoke fear and confusion in patients, their family members and loved ones. Palliative care is the compassionate care of a dying person by minimizing their suffering as they progress towards the end of life. Medically, this is ...
  • Facing The Fear Factor

    Nurses discuss: Facing a chronic condition Our registered nurses often care for people who are facing a chronic condition. It is part of life to have times when we feel afraid. The uncertainties in life can leave us feeling out of control, at the mercy of forces that we can’t understand or predict. ...
  • "Ask a Nurse" - Cancer/Colostomy Concern

    Our nursing specialist discusses cancer colostomy concerns Question to our nursing specialist: Dear Nurse, My father had a colostomy to treat his newly diagnosed colon cancer. We were told that "since this is not a curable situation, he may only have six or seven months". My mother is not capable of ...