Sauble Family Health Team News
In addition to falls risks screens, we have been tracking and managing other factors that affect health aging. Regularly, we are screening for depression, falls risk and osteoporosis. Regular medication reviews are completed.
We are so fortunate to have a Social Worker at the Sauble FHT 3 days per week.
She offers counseling around many areas of concern including: grief, depression and anxiety, life crises, trauma and family violence.
Please call (519) 422-1321 to book an appointment.
Two of our nurses offer hypertension management counseling and patients can be referred from their primary care provider. Blood pressures are taken at almost every appointment and followup is offered as well. Next steps include actively monitoring for atrial fibrillation, a leading risk factor for stroke.
Osteoporosis and falls are a major concern in our counties.
Osteoporosis is a thinning of the bones (not arthritis) that can cause fractures, or breaks in a bone, without provocation. These can have devastating health consequences including pain, decreased quality of life, loss of independence and even death. A fragility fracture also increases a person’s risk for future fragility fractures. This year, the Sauble FHT is focusing on having all women over the age of 65 complete a bone density exam.
Followup is provided and at risk patients are encouraged to join one of our Boosting Balance classes or the classes offered by the VON.
Patients at high risk are offered a home assessment by a CCAC nurse to ensure safety.
Two of our nurses run the STOP smoking program at the Sauble FHT.
Counseling and support are offered along with free smoking cessation aids. Followup is provided to help our patients quit smoking.
Please call (519) 422-1321 to book an appointment with the nurse for smoking cessation.
Currently, about 20 % of our patients at the Sauble Family Health Team smoke cigarettes.
This greatly increases the risk of lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Lung cancer is the second-most diagnosed cancer in Grey & Bruce counties and accounts for 25% of all cancer deaths. https://www.publichealthgreybruce.on.ca/healthstats/Reports
COPD is one of the leading causes for admission to hospital in our area. Therefore, the Sauble FHT is actively involved in screening for lung disease with questionnaires and breathing tests to monitor for disease.
People who smoke and have symptoms (i.e., cough, shortness of breath) are offered a breathing test and those patients diagnosed with COPD will receive a breathing test every two years. As well, we are tracking people who have visited the emergency room with a COPD exacerbation or an admission for this reason.