How you can become more involved in your healthcare journey

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You can become more involved in your healthcare journey with MyChartTM  

What is MyChartTM?

 MyChartTM is a free, secure, online tool that provides you with easy 24-hour access to your health records from select hospitals in southwest Ontario.

What Information is Available?

With a MyChart account, you can access your select hospital health records – anytime, anywhere. There is no cost to you to use this tool.  Accessible records include:
·         Allergies
·         Hospital Discharge Reports
·         Lab Results
·         Medications
·         MRI, CT & X-Ray Reports
·         Pathology & Genetic Reports

As of March 23, 2020 you will be able to view any COVID-19 test results that have been resulted through hospital systems.

You will also have the ability to document your own information in your personal health record, such as immunizations, your weight, and more.  Records may be shared electronically with family members and caregivers.

For more information please visit: www.healthrecordsonline.ca

 

Staying Active while Staying Distant during COVID-19

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As of March 23, 2020, it is still considered safe to exercise (e.g. walk, jog, or cycle) outdoors with members of your own household. Here a few recommendations for exercising safely at this time:

1. Avoid exercising in busy areas like popular public parks and trails. These busy locations make it very difficult to stay two meters away from others!
2. Exercise instead on wide, uncrowded trails, pathways, or sidewalks that allow you to stay 2 meters from others.
3. When passing, be sure to say hello (and smile!) from a distance. However, as you approach another person or group of people, avoid talking, sneezing, coughing or breathing heavily in their direction.
4. If you find yourself passing another person or group on a narrow trail or sidewalk, safely step to the side of the trail and give them room to pass.
5. Do not exercise if you are noticeably sick.

STAY SAFE!

Here are some additional resources for staying active during this time.

The American College of Sports Medicine: https://www.exerciseismedicine.org/support_page.php/stories/?b=892
Our community partner, Just Walk, has some excellent resources on the benefits of walking, safely considerations and provides a downloadable walking log. https://justwalk-hb.weebly.com/walking-resources.html
From Soup to Tomatoes was developed by a Registered Nurse and Diabetes Educator. She provides videos on chair-based exercise programs that you can access via her YouTube channel. All you need is a chair, some space to move and some light weights, or cans of soup. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOMO_bx4Y2l0jhkQtfHppQw/featured

Mental Health Resources to Support You During COVID-19

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We understand that for many people, the current COVID-19 pandemic situation may be distressing and anxiety-provoking. We’d like to share some resources with you that you may find helpful during this time.

 

Free online resources:
· Coronavirus support/resources: https://www.virusanxiety.com/
· Anxiety Canada: https://www.anxietycanada.com/
· Online Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course: https://palousemindfulness.com/

 

Phone counselling support:
· If you’re feeling isolated, lonely, or otherwise distressed and looking to speak to someone anonymously, the Halton Distress Centre is a great resource. The Burlington number is: 905-681-1488.
(More information can be found here: https://www.dchalton.ca/)
· Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Halton is continuing to offer their “walk-in” counselling services via phone: https://halton.cmha.ca/our-services/get-support/

 

Crisis support:
In the event that you are experiencing a mental health crisis, please contact one of these services: · COAST at 1-877-825-9011. (More information can be found here: https://halton.cmha.ca/our-services/in-a-crisis/)
· Crisis line for children, youth, and their parents/caregivers via Reach Out Centre for Kids (ROCK): 905-878-9785.  OR Live Answer Access Line at 289-266-0036 between 9 -5 pm each business day. Messages cannot be left on this number.
· Text-based crisis support: https://www.crisistextline.org/

 

We hope that you stay healthy and safe during the coming weeks.