the BFHT Team
The Burlington Family Health Team (BFHT) is a health care organization that is focused on serving the community. We offer programs in physiotherapy, psychotherapy, and remote care management for those with a chronic disease, as well as a number of educational sessions on brain health, bone health, and diabetes management.
Our Nurse Practitioner (NP) provides primary care services independently and in collaboration with physicians and other BFHT team members. The NP focuses on disease prevention and health promotion, as well as diagnosing and treating illness and management of chronic conditions. The NP sees individuals one on one at the Halton McMaster Health Centre and is the clinic lead of the Aging at Home program and the Community Remote Care Management (CRCM) Program.
Our Clinical Pharmacist sees individuals one on one to support you in various aspects of your healthcare.
Examples of how our Pharmacist can support you include:
Nicotine use support
Chronic Pain Management
Our Psychotherapists are a team of skilled mental health clinicians providing support to adults aged 18+ struggling with mild to moderate depression and/or anxiety. If you’re experiencing difficulties with your mental health or chronic stressors that are impacting your wellbeing and your ability to attend to life’s responsibilities we are here to help. We conduct an assessment to determine your needs and together we will decide the appropriate next steps. The team offers several treatment options, such as cognitive behavioural therapy, Interpersonal therapy, and mindfulness. Treatment is goal oriented, and focused on psychoeducation, skill development and practice in small groups.
Registered Practical Nurse
Our Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) is the coordinator of the Community Remote Care Monitoring (CRCM) Program and works with a team of health professionals to support individuals with chronic disease. This includes those with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Congestive Heart Failure (CHF). Home visits and remote monitoring of important vital signs help you to live well in your own home while managing your condition with the support of health care providers.
Our Respiratory Therapist (RT) provides support to individuals with lung conditions like asthma and COPD. Working with your doctor, the RT helps you understand what is happening in your body, find the best treatment options and teach self-management strategies to help you breathe well. Other supports provided by our RT include: smoking cessation counselling, nicotine replacement therapy, pulmonary rehabilitation and information on oxygen therapy.
Health System Navigators
Our System Navigators assist individuals in learning about and exploring health and social services/supports that are available in their communities. Your needs will be assessed and we will help you formulate a plan for making contact with the providers/programs that are best suited to help you meet these needs. The system navigators’ approach is to ensure every patient will be supported across a range of needs and that you will always have a point-of-contact within the healthcare system should you have questions, require advocacy, or if new issues arise.
Our Occupational Therapist (OT) provides support to adults who are experiencing difficulty with everyday activities due to a health condition or disability. Our OT may also see caregivers to help them manage caregiver stress, and minimize their risk of injury as well. Examples of how our OT can support you include:
Balance/Falls prevention assessment
Cognitive screening, functional assessments
General therapeutic exercise
How to seek funding for mobility devices (eg. walkers) and recommendations on equipment
Links to community resources in the City of Burlington
Our Physiotherapy team will work with you to improve: mobility, physical activity, and overall health and wellness. Treatments typically include an individual assessment by a physiotherapist, followed by team-based care including education on self-management and active exercise prescription. Examples of conditions treated by physiotherapy might include: osteoarthritis, athletic and sports injuries, rotator cuff injuries, COPD/breathing difficulties, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, balance and falls concerns, and vestibular problems such as vertigo.