Programs Offered

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Lifestyle

The Age Friendly Check-in program was developed and organized by the City of Elliot Lake. The original purpose of the program was to meet the needs of our most vulnerable residents who were self-isolating when the COVID-19 pandemic began.  The Family Health Team now offers the same check-in service for community members who do not have a local contact or family to check in on them.

A member of our ELFHT team calls patients at home who live alone and request check ins. The request for a check in can come from the patient themselves, family, or friends. The patient decides how often they would like a check (daily, weekly, etc.).  Calls occur between Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm.

To access the service, members of the public can call the Family Health Team and speak with a 2nd floor Receptionist at 705-461-8882. 

Stay on your Feet is the regional strategy that supports healthy active aging for older adults in the North East LHIN. We are working together across Northeastern Ontario to help older adults stay active, stay independent, and stay on their feet.

Every day older adults in the North East fall and need medical attention. In fact, one in three older adults age 65+ fall each year, even though falls are preventable. There are exercise and fall prevention programs available across the province.

Staying on Your Feet is not just about fall prevention. We have a number of community resources designed for aging healthy that include free exercise classes, clinics, information classes and various resources. There are also a number of community groups and clubs listed with opportunities to connect socially in your area.

Visit the Stay on Your Feet website for more information, or contact Algoma’s local representative:

 Helen Kwolek, Public Health Nurse, hkwolek@algomapublichealth.com, 1-866-892-0172

**CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO COVID-19**

Stand up! Fall Prevention is a program that helps seniors regain and maintain their balance and mobility to prevent falls. The program is 12 weeks with meetings twice weekly. The focus is on education, balance through exercise, and behaviour modification.

Before entering the program an assessment will be conducted by one of the ELFHT’s nurses. Patients can self-refer or be referred by a physician.

To book an assessment, or for more information, call the clinic at (705) 461-8882 and speak to the first floor receptionists.

The ELFHT’s social worker offers the Chronic Pain Self-Management Workshop which is a 6 week support group for clients who want to learn how to better self-manage their pain. The workshop uses the Standford Chronic Pain Self-Management program.

This workshop is usually offered about once per year or with sufficient demand. Groups are offered to both rostered and non-rostered patients.

Patients can self refer by calling (705) 461-8882, and asking to be added to the wait list.

The MAST program is an introduction to mindfulness, offered by the ELFHT’s social worker.  It is for patients dealing with stress, chronic pain, chronic illness, and other concerns. This program is offered in a group format for a duration of 4 weeks. 

MAST is offered yearly or when there is sufficient demand. Groups are offered to both rostered and non-rostered patients.

Patients can self refer by calling (705) 461-8882, and asking to be added to the wait list.

The Mindful Craving Program is a workshop for people who want to change their relationship with food and feel good about feeding their body. It is run by the registered dietitian and social worker at the ELFHT.

Meetings are held for a 1/2 day, every week for 6 weeks. There is a wait list, and patients will be contacted for dates and times once available.

Patients can self-refer. Contact the clinic for more information, and to register on the wait list.

Smoking

Smoking cessation is one-on-one support, without Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT), provided to those who wish to quit smoking.

Individual counselling and support is provided via one of our TEACH trained staff.  Training Enhancement in Applied Counselling and Health (TEACH) is a program that builds inter-professional capacity in evidence-based tobacco dependence treatment among health care providers.

Patients can self refer by calling (705) 461-8882. Contact the clinic for more information.

The STOP Study is a program offered by ELFHT’s social worker, respiratory therapist, and dietitian. The program is a study being conducted by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).  Eligible patients are provided with up to 26 weeks of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) such as: the patches, gum, inhaler, lozenges. NRT can be provided as per the medical directive, at no cost to the patient.

The STOP Study is a research study for smoking cessation offered through CAMH. By joining this program, the patient is participating in the research study.

Patients can self refer by calling (705) 461-8882. An initial assessment will be done to determine eligibility. Contact the clinic for more information.

Physical Health

The anticoagulation program is available for patients prescribed certain blood thinners. Warfarin is a medication that some clients take to thin their blood to reduce their risk of blood clots and stroke.  It requires routine blood test monitoring (INR) to ensure that it is safe and effective.  Our pharmacist runs the Anticoagulation Program to monitor clients on warfarin by reviewing their INR results and making adjustments to their warfarin dose accordingly. 

This program is open to both rostered and non-rostered clients of the Elliot Lake Family Health Team. Rostered patients will be contacted about participation in this program if necessary.

For more information, please call the clinic at (705) 461-8882.

**CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO COVID-19**

Cardiac Rehabilitation is available for anyone who experienced a cardiac event (such as a heart attack or cardiac arrest) within the last year.

It is a 12 week program, which involves meeting 2 times a week for supervised exercise to strengthen the cardiac system. There are also 2 education sessions provided which discuss exercise, diet, stress, and medication.

A physician referral is required to access this program.

For more information, please call the clinic at (705) 461-8882.

**CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO COVID-19**

Pulmonary Rehabilitation is available for anyone who experienced or is experiencing a pulmonary illness or disease.

It is offered in collaboration with the Cardiac Rehabilitation program. It is 12 weeks program in duration, which involves meeting 2 times a week for supervised exercise and education sessions to strengthen the pulmonary and cardiac system. The education sessions provided discuss exercise, diet, stress, and medication.

A physician referral is required to access this program.

For more information, please call the clinic at (705) 461-8882.

To speak with someone at the ELFHT regarding palliative services, call (705) 461-8882, ext. 280

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LGBTQ2S+

The ELFHT Gender Identity Clinic is a Nurse Practitioner initiated program that offers gender-affirming healthcare for Transgender, Non-Binary as well as individuals who may have questions regarding gender identity. The program began in 2017 as a grass roots pilot and has since grown to offer more comprehensive services. We currently offer assistance with medical transitioning (HT), assessment and referrals for gender-affirming procedures, and system navigation.

We serve residents of Elliot Lake and communities in our catchment area. We work closely with CAMH’s Gender Identity Clinic as well as Rainbow Health Ontario. Our Nurse Practitioners follow the Guidelines for Gender-Affirming Primary Care published by Sherbourne Health Center and Rainbow Health Ontario.

Please note that wait times may vary depending on our current roster of patients. Currently, the average wait time for individual consultation is 3-6 months.

For more information, please contact the Elliot Lake Family Health Team.

The program is currently undergoing review in order to include clinical support for healthcare professionals who may not be familiar with treating Trans patients. Any providers wishing to access consultation services can contact the Elliot Lake Family Health team for further information. Please note that the clinical support program is not intended to be a primary referral service, but to help practitioners in treating Trans and non-binary patients in their home communities.