At Four Villages, we work hand-in-hand to provide the kind of coordinated help that addresses all of our clients’ health needs. Providers consult with each other and work in close collaboration to provide continuous care and interdisciplinary planning of services and programs. They also liaise and refer to other agencies, institutions and health care providers in the community. The Building Healthier Organizations (BHO) accreditation process completed in May 2010 acknowledged that Four Villages has achieved excellence in our client-centred approach to care and the accessiblity of our programs and services
Our Team Includes:
Physicians treat acute illnesses, provide on-going support and monitoring for chronic conditions (e.g. diabetes and heart disease) and provide health education to individuals and families. They do check ups and immunizations for babies, children and adults and provide care for pregnant and new mothers. Home visits are offered to clients who are too frail to leave their homes.
A Nurse Practitioner (NP) is a registered nurse with advanced university education who provides a full range of health care including prescribing drugs, except those under the Control Drug Act, ordering lab tests and some diagnostic tests. The NP works in partnership with physicians, nurses and other health professionals to keep you, your family and community well.
Nurses provide health assessments, treatments, support for people living with chronic illnesses, and well person care. The main focus of care is on health promotion and education, early identification, and linking clients with appropriate services and agencies in the community. Nurses at Four Villages are also involved with group programs and make home visits when necessary.
Chiropodists and Foot Care Nurse Specialist
The chiropodists and the foot care nurse specialist focus on foot maintenance and encourage on-going mobility. Treatments such as removal of corns, calluses, warts, fungal nails, ingrown toenails and rehabilitation of foot injuries are carried out. Shoe modifications and custom orthotics are prescribed for clients.
Physiotherapists provide assessment, treatment and management of neuro-musculo-skeletal pain and dysfunction. Physiotherapists are also involved in community education aimed at promoting health and well-being in areas such as injury prevention, movement awareness, postural control, and stress management with relaxation techniques.
The term “occupation” is used to mean all the activities that a person does in everyday life such as self-care, work and leisure. The occupational therapist (OT) works with people to achieve an independent, productive and satisfying lifestyle by identifying factors which support or limit a person’s ability to manage everyday occupations.
Dietitians are involved with those aspects of health related to food and nutrition. They can advise clients about specific dietary changes for the treatment of conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, anemia, obesity or for general healthy eating. They offer group nutrition education and work at the community level to improve access to food.
Social Workers / Therapists
Social workers provide counselling for adults and children, couples and families on various emotional issues, conduct assessments, referrals and home visits. They also assist clients with connecting to various resources related to finances, housing, home supports, and immigration. Social workers advocate for clients when needed and encourage clients to help themselves.
Community Health Workers
Community health workers facilitate educational workshops, groups and information sessions. They provide accompaniment, translation and home visits, conduct extensive outreach to isolated individuals and families, and advocate for and with clients who face barriers accessing health care services. Community health workers also provide information, resources and referrals.