What should we look for in a home care nurse?

Home care nursing practice is complex requiring independent decision making, a diverse knowledge base in order to manage the care of patients with a broad array of diagnoses across the lifespan and the health-illness continuum. The home care nurse requires:

Advanced assessment and evaluation skills
Effective communication skills
Sound judgment
Effective documentation skills
Critical/creative thinking
Self direction
Competency in technology
The maturity to work confidently and autonomously.

What services does a home care nurse provide?

In the home setting, the nurse brings caring activities that generate trust and collaboration for both the care of the client and the maintenance of health of the other family members. The nursing process applied to home care includes assessment, nursing diagnosis, planning for care, intervention and evaluation. These processes are often more complex given the nature of the setting, the additional variables influencing the client and the family, and the need for integration of community health nursing concepts.

What is home care nursing?

Home care nursing is a specialized area of nursing practice in which the nurse provides care in the client’s home, school or workplace or other community settings. Individuals who receive nursing care today often have more acute and complex needs, and an increasing amount of their care is provided in the home.

Will My Muscles Get Weaker Wearing Custom Orthotics?

Custom orthotics will not reduce muscles tone. They will help position your foot so you will be using the right muscles at the right time, minimizing fatigue and allowing your muscles to be used more efficiently.

What Kind Of Shoe Do I Need For My Custom Orthotics?

For the most part any shoe that has a removable insole will work with your custom orthotic. Just remove the insole that came with the shoe and replace it with the custom orthotic. TOG also offers a carefully-selected line of footwear that can accomodate custom orthotics, as well as custom sandals and clogs that have your prescribed device built right in.

Why Do My New Custom Orthotics Feel Uncomfortable?

Since the custom orthotic works to realign the structure of your foot you may feel pressure in some areas as the custom orthotic attempts to do its job. For this reason custom orthotics should be worn in two hour intervals and slowly extend the wear time over a period of two weeks.

Should I Wear My Custom Orthotics All The Time?

The longer you wear your custom orthotics the more benefit you will get out of them. If your daily activities vary to the extent that you change your footwear, then you should have a second pair of custom orthotics designed for that specific activity. (I.e. going to the gym after work)

What Can I Do?

Your health care practitioner can prescribe custom orthotics to help correct your specific foot and body imbalance. You can help your health care practitioner by discussing any nagging foot, leg, or back problems, and even by simply asking if your feet could be part of the problem.

Who Needs Custom Orthotics?

The symptoms of poor foot mechanics can include any one of the following:
Localized foot pain
Bunions, hammer toes
Arch/heel pain
Leg/knee pain
Hip or back pain – even neck pain

What Is A Custom Orthotic?

A custom orthotic is a device designed to align the foot and ankle into the most anatomically efficient position. They look like insoles, but are biomechanical medical appliances that are custom made to correct your specific foot imbalance. Custom orthotics work on your feet much like glasses work on your eyes – they reduce stress and strain on your body by bringing your feet back into proper alignment. The plastic body of the custom orthotic helps to re-align the foot by redirecting and reducing certain motion that takes place during the gait cycle. Custom orthotics fit into your shoes as comfortably as an insole – and they have the advantage of having been made from precise imprints of your feet.


One of the largest primary care professions in Ontario, chiropractic is a non-invasive, hands-on health care discipline that focuses on the musculoskeletal system.

Chiropractors practice a manual approach, providing diagnosis, treatment and preventive care for disorders related to the spine, pelvis, nervous system and joints.

Chiropractors use a combination of treatments, all of which are predicated on the specific needs of the individual patient. After taking a complete history and diagnosing a patient, a chiropractor can develop and carry out a comprehensive treatment/management plan, recommend therapeutic exercise and other non-invasive therapies, and provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counselling.

For many conditions, such as lower back pain, chiropractic care is frequently the primary method of treatment. Where other conditions exist, chiropractic care may complement or support medical treatment by relieving the musculoskeletal aspects associated with the condition.

Chiropractic care may also be used to provide symptomatic relief for patients with chronic conditions. According to patient surveys, by treating the musculoskeletal elements of such disorders, chiropractic treatment has been shown to improve the general well-being of the patient.

There are many reasons to seek chiropractic care:

Back pain
Neck pain
Strains and sprains
Repetitive strain injury (RSI)
Work and sports injuries
Limited range of motion in the back, shoulder, neck or limbs
General health and well-being
Chiropractic is a regulated health profession, recognized by statute in all Canadian provinces and American states. Almost 2 million patients in Ontario rely on chiropractic care every year to help them live healthy, active lives.

Will physiotherapy be able to treat my problem?

We know that you may be unsure whether physiotherapy or any of our other services will be able to help. So we are now offering a free 10 minute phone consultation, where you will be able to discuss your issue with one of our experienced physiotherapists.

We pride ourselves on helping those patients that have been unable to find their solution elsewhere. We welcome the opportunity to properly assess your condition and in order to determine the best way to help you get better.

Does insurance cover it?

If you have extended health benefits or have been injured as a result of an automobile accident, then you will likely have all of your treatment paid for. If you are using extended health benefits, check the details of your coverage in your Extended Health Manual, or speak with your Human Resources department. For your convenience, we can now bill directly to most insurance companies. We now also accept patients through the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) and the Veteran’s Affairs Health Program.

Do I need a referral from my doctor?

No referral is necessary to participate in physiotherapy treatment. However, patients are advised to check the details of their extended health benefits as some plans may require a physician’s referral in order to get treatment costs reimbursed.

How long does a treatment session take and how many appointments do I need?

New physiotherapy patients have 1-hour assessments and follow up treatments are 30-minutes. All appointment times are one-on-one with your physiotherapist.

The number of sessions you’ll need depends on your condition. All of our patients are individually evaluated. Your initial visit gives your therapist the information they need to assess your problem, determine a prognosis, and create a treatment plan. Your therapist will discuss this with you at your initial assessment

What happens at my appointment?

At your initial visit, your physiotherapist will conduct an interview and a thorough physical evaluation. This will be directly followed by treatment so you can immediately benefit from your experience at our facility.

Treatment itself can vary depending on the type of injury that you are presenting with. This may involve education on your injury and how to optimize recovery, manual therapy (hands on treatment), modalities (e.g. ultrasound treatment, acupuncture), and an exercise program.

1.What is social worker?

What is social worker: is a profession concerned with helping individuals, families, groups and communities to enhance their individual and collective well-being. It aims to help people develop their skills and their ability to use their own resources and those of the community to resolve problems.

What they do:Social workers help people resolve problems that affect their day-to-day lives.

People see social workers when they are going through a difficult period in their personal, family and/or work life.

Social workers help clients:

  • identify and understand the source of stress or difficulty
  • develop coping skills and find effective solutions to their problems
  • find needed resources
  • by providing counselling and psychotherapy.

Social workers deal with all ages, groups, backgrounds and income levels.

2.What they do?

Social workers help people resolve problems that affect their day-to-day lives.

People see social workers when they are going through a difficult period in their personal, family and/or work life.

Social workers help clients:

  • identify and understand the source of stress or difficulty
  • develop coping skills and find effective solutions to their problems
  • find needed resources
  • by providing counselling and psychotherapy.

Social workers deal with all ages, groups, backgrounds and income levels.

3.What is nursing?

Nursing is the protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, facilitation of healing, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations.

4.What is in home physiotherapy?

A physiotherapist will come to your home and offer a high quality treatment in the comfort of your home.

Physiotherapy helps you get the most from your physical abilities based on your rehabilitation capacity so that you may return to a normal life.

5.Health issues that can be treated?

  • Back, Neck and Head Pain
  • Knee and Hip Pain
  • Orthopedic Injuries
  • Joint Stiffness
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Tendinitis
  • Bursitis
  • Epicondylitis
  • Postural Imbalances
  • Fractures, Sprains and Strains
  • Lack of Flexibility

6.What is PSW?

A Personal Support Worker (PSW) is the front line health care professional in Ontario, who provides direct care to the elderly or ill patients in a wide variety of settings.

The duty of PSW:

  • Render home care services to clients according to service order
  • Provide personal care to assist clients in their daily activities and personal hygiene at their homes in accordance with individualized client care plan
  • Help client maintain a satisfactory level of hygiene by assisting in bathing, grooming, toileting, eating and positioning / moving
  • Offer light housekeeping duty


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under Physiotherapy:

Physiotherapy is a holistic approach to healthcare lead by practitioners dedicated to working with people to maximize their ability to move and function throughout their life. In British Columbia, you can see a physiotherapist without a doctor’s referral.

Specifically, physiotherapists can help you with:


Promoting optimal mobility, physical activity and overall health and wellness;

Preventing disease, injury, and disability;

Managing acute and chronic conditions, activity limitations, and participation restrictions;

Improving and maintaining optimal functional independence and physical performance;

Rehabilitating injury and the effects of disease or disability with therapeutic exercise programs and other interventions; and

Educating and planning maintenance and support programs to prevent re-occurrence, re-injury or functional decline.

7.what is RMT?

Massage therapy is the manipulation of soft tissues of the body including, muscles, connective tissues, tendons, ligaments and joints. Massage Therapy is a clinically-oriented healthcare option that helps alleviate the discomfort associated with everyday and occupational stresses, muscular over-use and many chronic pain conditions.

Massage therapy should be provided by a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT).  An RMT is an individual who is registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario, in accordance with the Regulated Health Professionals Act and the Massage Therapy Act. Only registrants with the CMTO are permitted to use the title Massage Therapists (MT), Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) and the equivalents in other languages. To determine whether someone is an RMT, you can search for them on the CMTO website.


A Registered Massage Therapist is a primary healthcare provider in Ontario and anyone may visit an RMT of their choice. A referral or prescription is not required to visit an RMT, although some insurance companies may require this.


Massage Therapy can be used to treat both acute and chronic conditions. RMTs can work with a variety of patient in the treatment of illness, injury rehabilitation and disability . Massage therapy can be beneficial to a wide variety of conditions.

8.what is acupuncture?

How Acupuncture Can Relieve Pain and Improve Sleep, Digestion and Emotional Well-being


Acupuncture is a 3,000-year-old healing technique of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In 1997, the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) documented and publicized acupuncture’s safety and efficacy for treating a wide range of conditions. Acupuncture is now covered by many insurance policies and is used most broadly to relieve pain.

Acupuncture improves the body’s functions and promotes the natural self-healing process by stimulating specific anatomic sites–commonly referred to as acupuncture points, or acupoints. The most common method used to stimulate acupoints is the insertion of fine, sterile needles into the skin. Pressure, heat, or electrical stimulation may further enhance the effects. Other acupoint stimulation techniques include: manual massage, moxibustion or heat therapy, cupping, and the application of topical herbal medicines and linaments.

Case-controlled clinical studies have shown that acupuncture has been an effective treatment for the following diseases, symptoms or conditions:

Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)

Biliary colic

Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)

Dysentery, acute bacillary

Dysmenorrhoea, primary

Epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastrospasm)

Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)


Hypertension, essential

Hypotension, primary

Induction of labor

Knee pain


Low back pain

Malposition of fetus, correction

Morning sickness

Nausea and vomiting

Neck pain

Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction)

Periarthritis of shoulder

Postoperative pain

Renal colic

Rheumatoid arthritis




Tennis elbow


The following diseases, symptoms or conditions have limited but probable evidence to support the therapeutic use of acupuncture:


Abdominal pain (in acute gastroenteritis or due to gastrointestinal spasm)

Acne vulgaris

Alcohol dependence and detoxification

Bell’s palsy

Bronchial asthma

Cancer pain

Cardiac neurosis

Cholecystitis, chronic, with acute exacerbation


Competition stress syndrome

Craniocerebral injury, closed

Diabetes mellitus, non-insulin-dependent


Epidemic haemorrhagic fever

Epistaxis, simple (without generalized or local disease)

Eye pain due to subconjunctival injection

Female infertility

Facial spasm

Female urethral syndrome

Fibromyalgia and fasciitis

Gastrokinetic disturbance

Gouty arthritis

Hepatitis B virus carrier status

Herpes zoster (human (alpha) herpesvirus 3)




Labour pain

Lactation, deficiency

Male sexual dysfunction, non-organic

Ménière disease

Neuralgia, post-herpetic



Opium, cocaine and heroin dependence


Pain due to endoscopic examination

Pain in thromboangiitisobliterans

Polycystic ovary syndrome (Stein-Leventhal syndrome)

Post-extubation in children

Postoperative convalescence

Premenstrual syndrome

Prostatitis, chronic


Radicular and pseudoradicular pain syndrome

Raynaud syndrome, primary

Recurrent lower urinary-tract infection

Reflex sympathetic dystrophy

Retention of urine, traumatic


Sialism, drug-induced (excessive salivation)

Sjögren syndrome

Sore throat (including tonsillitis)

Spine pain, acute

Stiff neck

Temporomandibular joint dysfunction

Tietze syndrome

Tobacco dependence

Tourette syndrome

Ulcerative colitis, chronic


Vascular dementia

Whooping cough (pertussis)

9. What is a custom knee brace?

Custom knee bracing can be a simple and effective way to reduce pain, prevent injury, and resume your activities. It is the most effective way to both stabilize and protect the knee joint. A custom knee brace is a medical appliance that is manufactured based on precise measurements of your leg, and tailored for your specific injury.


The brace is made from a combination of composite materials and polymers, or aerospace grade aluminum, making it both lightweight and extremely durable. “Custom” means your brace conforms with your knee intimately, ensuring a consistent level of protection and comfort without any significant loss of mobility.


We offer braces manufactured by Donjoy and Breg, which are the top two brands in the industry.

10.Can I use my knee brace for physical activities?

Absolutely. Many of our patients have continued to participate in regular exercise and recreational activities, such as golf, hiking, tennis, and gardening, thanks to the custom knee braces we’ve fitted them with. Our braces are also contoured to fit easily underneath most types of clothing, including athletic wear.

11.Will my brace be covered by insurance?

Your brace may be covered if you have extended health benefits. Contact your insurer, as coverage details may not be specifically outlined in your benefits package. A prescription for a knee brace may be required from your physician, so you may wish to obtain this prior to arriving at Cornerstone for your bracing appointment. We invite you to call our clinic at so we can guide you through each step of this process.

12.How do I know which brace is right for me?

A registered and experienced Anthony health care physiotherapist will work with you to assess your knee problem and activity level, and help determine which brace is ideal for your specific situation. Every patient is unique, so we are pleased to offer a variety of bracing options.

13.Who benefits from wearing compression?

  1. Anyone’s legs can feel better while wearing gradient compression stockings, especially those of us who spend too much time in sedentary sitting or standing positions. Gradient compression stockings are of most benefit to individuals with the following leg complaints:


Tired, aching, heavy feeling legs

Leg swelling

Varicose veins

Venous insufficiency

Post-thrombotic syndrome

Healed venous ulcer

Active venous ulcer


It is recommended that you consult with your physician before wearing compression 20 mmHg and above. If you also have arterial circulation problems in your legs please consult with your physician before wearing any level of compression.

14.What is gradient compression?

  1. Gradient compression delivers a squeezing to the leg that is tightest at the ankle. The amount of squeezing or compression gradually decreases up the leg. Compression is expressed in mmHg (millimeters of mercury).