October is Occupational Therapy Month!

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In recognition of Occupational Therapy (OT) month (October), our clinic OT, Leanne, has put together a few frequently asked questions about this field as well as the role of the OT in a Family Health Team!

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy (OT) enables individuals to develop the skills needed for day-to-day activities when their abilities have been impacted by illness, chronic disease, mental health issues, the impacts of getting older or other health factors.

What is the role of an Occupational Therapist (OT) at the Burlington Family Health Team?

  • Support individuals in function/ability to live independently or with minimal assistance in their home and prevent injuries and complications.
  • Falls prevention which is an assessment of individuals who are at risk of falling or who have fallen and would like to be assessed for further treatment
  • Home safety assessments of home environment and/or equipment needs
  • Cognitive assessments to screen for cognitive impairment
  • Liaison to other community services within Burlington area

Are there any programs that are run by the OT that patients can participate in?

We have several programs that patients can participate in; they include:

Aging at Home, Better Living for Your Brain, and Boosting Balance and Bone Health.

Click here to learn more about these programs.

How can I be referred for OT services at the Burlington Family Health Team?

If you feel you would benefit from seeing the OT, you can be referred through your physician or allied health within the team.. just ask!

Are you between the ages of 50-74?

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Download Colon Cancer Screening PDFGet your colon cancer screening done today!

The Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) is the screening method for average risk people between the ages of 50 and 74. It is a simple test that you can do in the privacy of your home. The FOBT is the most widely available test for screening for colorectal cancer.

It is recommended that men and women between the ages of 50 and 74, who do not have a family history of colorectal cancer and do not have symptoms, be screened every two years using an FOBT. Studies show when this screening test is performed every two years, combined with a colonoscopy for those who test positive, it will reduce death from colorectal cancer by 16 per cent over a decade.  (From Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Website)

Testing – click here to read more on the FOBT kit

An FOBT kit can be given to you the patient at the office to take home. You need to have a requisition inside of your FOBT kit in order to send it to the lab for testing.  You can get your requisition and kit at a regular patient appointment, at the nursing clinic, or you can call the clinic to pick one up.

Appointment Information and Follow-up

Your test results for FOBT test will be sent directly to your Physician to review. If any follow-up is needed you will receive a call from our clinic.

Better Living for Your Brain – January 17th, 2018

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Are you a healthy adult over the age of 60 who has age-related concerns about your memory and want to learn strategies in a group setting to keep your brain healthy?


If so, you may be interested in joining our community program, BETTER LIVING FOR YOUR BRAIN!

Better Living for Your Brain is a collaboration between the Burlington Family Heath Team and the Caroline Family Health Team and is run by two registered Occupational Therapists.

You do not have to be a patient of either Health Team to join!

It is a group program that is dedicated to providing education on brain function, the importance of brain health, lifestyle measures to maintain cognition function, and strategies for managing memory changes.

The next group starts January 17th, 2018 and runs every Wednesday for 5 weeks. 
Each session is 2 hours.

LOCATION: Burlington Public Library –Central Branch, 2331 New St., Burlington, ON

For more information and to sign up, please contact Marcy at 905-632-8007 ext. 107

Closed for Canada Day

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Please be aware that the clinic will be closed on Monday July 3rd, 2017 for Canada’s 150th and will re-open Tuesday July 4th at 9:30am.

If you have an emergency please call 911 or visit your nearest emergency department

Have a safe and happy holiday weekend!!!


New Program! Better Living for Your Brain

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Better Living for Your Brain is a group program dedicated to providing education on brain function, the importance of brain health, lifestyle measures to maintain cognition function, and strategies for managing memory changes.

The complete program consists of 2 hours sessions that run once a week of 5 weeks.

The goals of the program include:

  • Understanding brain function, different types of memory, memory process, and how memory normally changes with age.
  • Learning lifestyle measures to maintain cognition function.
  • Identifying and implementing strategies for managing memory changes.

Who is this program for?

This program is designed for healthy adults (60 yrs +) who have age-related concerns about their memory changes and want to learn strategies in a group setting to keep their brain healthy *Please note: This program is NOT for those who have been diagnoses with Mild Cognitive Impairment, Alzheimer’s disease of any other type of dementia.

 When is it held?

This program will run throughout the year. Please check back on the website or call the clinic to inquire about specific dates.

Where is it held?

The program is held at the Caroline Family Health Team (3305 Harvester Rd. Burlington, ON)

Brown Bag Medication Program

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March is Pharmacist Awareness Month and we’d like to take the opportunity to tell you about a new program!


Taking too many medications?   Do you feel they are making you unwell?   Take charge of your health!

Find out how a “Brown Bag Appointment” may help save your life.

It’s this easy:

1) Pick up a brown bag from clinic staff or your physician.

2) Book a 60 minute appointment to see our clinical pharmacist.

3) Fill your brown bag with all the medications you take (prescription, OTC, vitamins, herbals, outdated drugs etc.) and bring to appointment.

4) Discuss your health and medication concerns with the pharmacist.

5) Receive your customized plan for safe and effective medication use.

This program is run by our clinical Pharmacist, Mary Nelson.


For more information about Pharmacists and how they can help you, please visit www.pharmacists.ca/pam.