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VICTORIAN ORDER OF NURSES medicine hat and lethbridge

Community Health Guide


Site Manager’s message....... Warm greetings from the staff and volunteers of the Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) in Medicine Hat and Lethbridge. We are pleased to bring to you this Community Health Guide which provides information about our services. As a not-for-profit community health and social service agency we are grateful for the strong community support we receive from clients, volunteers, community groups and businesses. We also appreciate the generosity of our donors. This visible and tangible support enables the Victorian Order of Nurses to continue its mission of delivering quality services to the area. In the last year, the Victorian Order of Nurses in Lethbridge has developed the foot care program to help people remain mobile and the wellness program to help businesses maintain productivity through healthy employees. The Victorian Order of Nurses in Medicine Hat continues to offer several services including home support, foot care, flu clinics, wellness and community detox. These are just examples of how your support to the Victorian Order of Nurses directly impacts our local communities. We invite your comments on how we can help your community become healthier. A special thank you to our community supporters, listed in this guide, for making this guide possible. We also thank Willow Publishing for the professional manner in which they completed this project. Please call me at 1-403-529-1222 or 1-888-854-7785 with your suggestions. Darlene Froberg Site Manager

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Table of Contents Acronyms Used in this Guide.................................... 4 About the Victorian Order of Nurses........................ 5 Mission Statement..................................................... 6 Philosophy.................................................................. 7 Our Service Stands Out............................................ 8 Professional Nursing Services.................................. 9 Local Victorian Order of Nurses Health Promotion................................................................. 11 In-Home Respite for Caregivers ............................. 13 Home/Personal Support Program........................... 14 Foot Care Program.................................................. 18 The Victorian Order of Nurses Community Detox Program........................................................ 20 The Victorian Order of Nurses Adult Day Services............................................................ 22 Volunteering............................................................ 23 Mobile Dental Care.................................................. 24 Community Telephone Index................................... 25 Medicine Hat and Area.................................... 25 Lethbridge......................................................... 35 Taber................................................................. 40 Brooks............................................................... 40 Bow Island........................................................ 41 Oyen.................................................................. 41 Index of Community Advertisers............................ 42

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How to Reach the Victorian Order of Nurses To reach VON to inquire about services or volunteer opportunities call us at: VON Alberta South Main Office #105 3030 13th Avenue SE Medicine Hat AB T1B 1E3 403-529-1222 Toll Free: 1-888-854-7785 VON Lethbridge 234 12C St North Lethbridge AB T1H 2M7 403-328-0033

Acronyms Used in this Guide 1. VON ABS: The Victorian Order of Nurses Alberta South which includes branches at Medicine Hat and Lethbridge 2. RN: (Registered Nurse), LPN (Licenced Practical Nurse, PSW (Personal Support Worker)

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About Victorian Order of Nurses All Victorian Order of Nurses health care providers collaborate to develop, to implement and to evaluate services that respond to the expressed needs of individuals, families and communities in keeping with the principles of primary health care. • Volunteers make a valuable contribution by extending and complementing the services provided by health professionals. Volunteer involvement helps to identify needs, formulate policy, plan, promote, support, and provide community health services. Many of our volunteers also help us reach our financial goals through their volunteer work at bingos and casinos. • Community Health Services of assured quality are essential. • VON ABS has a responsibility to expand knowledge through research and education, provide care through evidence-based practice and monitor service delivery through program evaluation and Total Quality Management (TQM). Victorian Order of Nurses is accredited nationally by Accreditation Canada.

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Mission Statement VON works in partnership with Canadians for a healthier society: VON, a charity guided by the principles of primary health care, works in partnership with Canadians for a healthier society through: • Leadership in community-based care. • Delivery of innovative, comprehensive health and social services. • Influence in the development of health and social policy.

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Philosophy VON Alberta South, a site of VON Canada, is a national not-for-profit voluntary health care organization that addresses the health needs of people in our community through services provided by nurse, (RNs and LPNs), other health professionals, support service workers, and volunteers. As a significant provider of nursing and other services in the home and community, VON ABS believes that: • Individuals have primary responsibility for their own health. • The maintenance of health directly and positively affects the quality of their lives. • The value and dignity of human life are respected. • Individuals have the right to accept or refuse health care, to obtain information about their health and health care, and to participate with health professionals in making decisions about and plans for provision of their care. Individuals and families are supported to enable them to live and to meet death in comfort and with dignity. • Access to comprehensive, compassionate, family and community centered health care is the right of all individuals regardless of their ability to pay.

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Our Service Stands Out Caring for residents of Southern Alberta with...

RESPECT, PARTICIPATION, RESPONSIVENESS & COURAGE • VON Canada and Alberta South deliver care, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year long. • VON delivers a variety of nursing care, specialized services and home support services. • VON offers personally designed care for the needs of our clients, caregivers and families. • As a charitable not-for-profit health care agency, surplus revenues are used to provide free or subsidized services to persons who cannot afford to pay. • For expert care and friendly, professional services, you can depend on VON’s carefully chosen health care team: Registered Nurses, Licenced Practical Nurses, Health Care Aides, and Personal Support Workers • Experienced and specially trained staff provide a variety of in-home quality nursing and specialized services to people of all ages, backgrounds and needs. • For services to help you remain at home, to remain as active and as independent as possible, VON offers a full range of home support services. • VON nurses link people with helpful community resources. • Every effort is made to speak with clients in their preferred language. The dignity and beliefs of all people are respected.

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Professional Nursing Services VON ABS is prepared to deliver caring, personalized health services to the residents of Southern Alberta, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year long. Continuity of care is of paramount importance to us. Every effort is made to have a licenced nurse visit our clients to discuss their care plan. This nurse plays a key role in communicating valuable information to other team members involved in a client’s care, such as the Personal Support Workers. Nursing care services, whether visits or shifts, may be covered by private insurance plans, provincial plans such as Workers’ Compensation Board – Alberta or AISH (Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped) and/or on a private pay basis.

• General Visiting Nursing

All VON nursing services are provided by RNs or LPNs holding current, valid Certificates of Competence issued by the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta or the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta. The objectives of VON Nursing Services are to assist people to remain at home or to return to their normal daily activities as soon as possible. VON nurses help

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individuals to make informed decisions about their health, and enable clients to attain and maintain their highest level of independence and quality of life. VON nurses provide support to caregivers and families in their caregiving roles. VON is committed to working with Government Agencies and other community partners to provide all residents of Southern Alberta with access to the best quality nursing services.

• Shift Nursing

The VON Shift Nursing Program delivers personal and compassionate in-home nursing care services around the clock, whether it is for 1.5 hour or 24 hours, 7 days a week. Shift nursing is available for people of all ages. Nursing staff provides all levels of specialized care. The program also offers relief to at-home caregivers.

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Local Victorian Order of Nurses Health Promotion Services offered by VON ABS are as diversified as our community health needs.

Client services include:

• Wellness Clinics for businesses or groups of individuals • Immunizations • Work Place Health and Safety • Shift Nursing

Wellness Clinics

Our nurses provide Wellness Education Clinics to the public on a variety of health related topics. Clinics give the public accurate and reliable information they need to make informed decisions about their health. Clinics which are arranged with many local pharmacies include: • Heart Health/Cholesterol Testing • Stress Management • Diabetes/Glucose Testing • Asthma • Epi-pen Information • Women’s Health • Nutrition/Healthy Lifestyle • Healthy Children

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• Pediculosis Screening • Arthritis • Blood Pressure • Osteoporosis • Menopause • MS Therapies: Teaching Medication SelfAdministration on request from the MS Society and VON Canada. • Immunizations VON ABS provides a variety of immunization clinics to area businesses and local pharmacies. Our Influenza program helps businesses reduce sick time and improve employee health. • Workplace Wellness: VON ABS is dedicated to promoting wellness in the workplace. Nurses deliver convenient, onsite educational topics that are of interest to their employees during working hours – topics may include pain and back care, stress management and nutrition.

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In-Home Respite for Caregivers VON ABS provides in-home care designed primarily for individuals with Alzheimer’s or other related dementias.

Features of the program are:

• A Registered Nurse will visit the home, and together with the caregiver develop a suitable program of support for the caregiver and the care receiver; • A Trained Respite Worker will be “matched” with a client to provide a program of care and stimulation. Continuity is a priority; • Respite hours are based on Caregiver/Client needs and are available 7 days a week.

Referral Process

Potential clients might be referred by their Physician, a Home Care nurse, through a support group such as the Alzheimer’s Association or may access most of our services just by calling our office.

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Home/Personal Support Program Home Support Services enhance an individual’s quality of life by providing them with the personal assistance and support needed to make them comfortable in their own homes. “I would like to thank my PSW for taking my mom to her Dr’s appointment Friday and what a great job she did in getting the letter from her Doctor that we requested and the great report she left me from her appointment. Thank you again!” (Val and the family, Medicine Hat)

We provide special care for…

• Frail elderly seniors • People recovering from surgery, injury or illness • People with cognitive impairment • Children and adults with special needs • Terminally ill individuals

Specially Trained Staff

Our dedicated staff of Personal Support Workers provide a wide range of services including: • homemaking • respite care • personal care • transportation

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Home Management

• laundry • light housekeeping • grocery shopping • meal planning and preparation

Personal Support Workers assist people with activities of daily living while in the comfort of their own homes.

Personal Care/Home Helper Care • skin care • exercise • catheter and colostomy care • eating • grooming • dressing • bathing • toileting & continence care • mobility • medication reminders or supervision • companionship services • offer companionship & conversation • monitor diet & eating • check food expirations • assist with evening & tuck-in • aid with morning, & wake-up • arrange appointments • aid with reading • assist with walking

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• write letters & correspondence • organize mail • stimulate mental awareness • assist with entertaining • answer the door • reminisce about the past • assist with clothing selection • care for houseplants • provide reminders for appointments • discuss current & historical events • participate in crafts • play games & cards • supervise home maintenance • record & arrange recipes • oversee home deliveries • clip coupons for shopping • monitor TV usage • mail bills & letters • buy magazines, papers, books • rent & play movies • plan visits, outings & trips • visit neighbors & friends • read religious materials • maintain calendar • maintain family scrapbook • record family history • provide light housekeeping • assist with laundry & ironing • take out garbage • change linens

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• plan, prepare & clean-up meals • make beds • dust furniture • drop-off & pickup dry cleaning • pickup prescriptions • organize & clean closets • assist with pet care • shop for groceries & supplies • prepare future meals • care for Alzheimer’s • escort to appointments • accompany to lunch or dinner • escort for shopping, errands or doctor’s appointments • attend plays & concerts • escort to religious services • attend club meetings & sporting events • aid with airport tasks

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Foot Care Program VON ABS offers foot care in clinic settings, at home and at our office conveniently located in the Co-op Mall Healthy lifestyle, optimum mobility and independence are important for people of all ages. The average person walks approximately 200,000 miles in a lifetime and puts 700 tons of weight on each foot every day. Occupational activities, athletics, improper foot wear and individual differences in gait also impact foot health. Special consideration also needs to be given to individuals who have certain medical conditions such as diabetes, arthritis or neuromuscular disorders. Some medications also affect the structure and health of the foot.

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The high standards of care are based on evidence and research. We use sterilized equipment. Information is kept current and monitored by the VON National Best Practice Team. The nurses who provide care in the program have education in basic, advanced and diabetic foot care. An appointment with the foot care nurse may include: • A general overview of your health and a thorough assessment of your feet • Trimming of nails • Treatment of ingrown and/or thickened nails • Callus and corn care • Dry skin care • Foot care education • Comfort measures • Referral to other health care professionals where necessary The emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention in this program is just one aspect of our wide range of community health care solutions that meet the needs of Canadians from coast to coast.

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Community Detox Program Clientele Served

Adults from the Medicine Hat and Redcliff areas who need supervised support during withdrawal from alcohol and other drugs.

Program/Service Description

• Provides clients with detoxification and withdrawal management services in their homes or at an alternative safe location • Offers services including screening, an assessment by a licenced nurse and the creation of a detox care plan, all based on medically accepted practices • Provides three to five detox visits and referrals to follow-up services • Program is in partnership with Addiction & Mental Health Alberta Health Services (formerly AADAC) and includes referrals to their support services and agencies • Free of charge • Confidential

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Referral Information

• Call anytime to arrange an appointment for services. • People experiencing severe withdrawal symptoms should be referred to a 24-hour supervised residential detox centre or hospital.

Hours of Operation

24 hours, 7 days a week (main switchboard during office hours/call service after hours) Phone: (403) 529-1222

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Victorian Order of Nurses Adult Day Services The VON Adult Day Program, located in Lethbridge, offers a pleasant social experience in a safe and stimulating environment for adults who live in the community and may require help from family or other in-home caregivers. The programs offered will provide many advantages to the cognitively and physically impaired - 19 years of age or older. One of the aims of the Adult Day Services is to provide a caring and accepting environment to help the individual to maintain his/her strengths and abilities. These individuals need the social experience and interactions to keep them active and make them feel better about who they are. The caregivers need some relief too from their many, varied and demanding responsibilities. Qualified professional staff - recreational therapists, nurses, activity workers and trained volunteers at the Adult Day Program can provide this relief. The activities will include some basic exercise programs, crafts, music programs, and pet therapy - good quality services. The VON philosophy places emphasis on the dignity of each individual. For additional information contact the VON Adult Day program in Lethbridge at (403) 328-0033.

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Volunteering Information: Brochures, pamphlets and other resource materials regarding an array of programs and services are available at the VON office. Join our Volunteer Team and be part of VON’s vision of a healthy community! • Adult Day Program • Bingos, casinos or other fundraising events • Assisting at Footcare Clinics • Driving Seniors to appointments • Providing friendly visits to a senior • Promoting VON in the community • Being a Community Board Member or assisting with Fundraising or Community Relations VON sincerely thanks every one of our volunteers. You have demonstrated that no matter what the time of your life or the time you have to give, volunteering is rewarding and important work! To volunteer, call VON Medicine Hat site at (403) 5291222 or at our Lethbridge site at (403) 328-0033 All Community Support Services offer rewarding and meaningful volunteer opportunities. Whether you enjoy children, seniors, cooking, or organizing, there is a place for you!

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Mobile Dental Care With or Without Teeth You Should see a Dental Professional Yearly – The Able Dental Group gives back to the Community. Gum Disease increases the risk of HEART ATTACK, STROKE, DIABETES, AND LUNG INFECTIONS. Oral Cancer is on the rise‌.one person in the USA every hour is diagnosed with oral cancer. It is our pleasure to be able to offer residents in an independent living facility, busy moms, or people who are homebound the opportunity to participate in A Better Way Dental Hygiene Care, our mobile satellite dental hygiene service. Our dental hygienist will come to you and perform professional dental cleanings, oral cancer screening and examination, desensitizing, denture cleanings, teeth whitening and an array of dental services in the comfort of your home. In most cases the seniors dental plan pays 100% of the examination and we direct bill to most dental insurance companies, making this affordable for anyone. Call today to see if we are already coming to your facility or to ask any questions. (403) 327-7234 (Lethbridge)

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Medicine Hat, Lethbridge and surrounding areas MEDICINE HAT AND AREA 24 HOUR CRISIS RESOURCES Addiction/Smoking Helpline................................1-866-332-2322 Bullying Line...................................................... 1-888-456-2323 Canadian Red Cross Society................................. 403-526-3048 ...................................................................or 1-888-800-6493 Calgary Distress Line (long distance).................1-403-266-1605 Child Abuse Hotline...............................1-800-387-KIDS (5437) Child Protection Crisis Line.............................. 1-800-638-0715 Health Link........................................... 1-866-408-LINK (5465) Kids Help Phone................................................. 1-800-668-6868 Medicine Hat Women’s Shelter (Admin)................403-527-8223 Emergency Shelter............................................ 403-529-1091 Second Stage Housing...................................... 403-580-8206 Toll-free..........................................................1-800-661-7949 Men’s Line (long distance)........................ 403-266-HELP (4357) Mental Health Help Line.....................................1-877-303-2642 Out is OK Line............................. 1-877-OUT-IS-OK (688-4765) Poison Control...................................................... 1-800-332-1414 Salvation Army Family Support Centre............... 403-526-9699 Suicide Prevention Line.......................................1-800-784-2433 Victim Assistance – Medicine Hat........................ 403-529-8480 Victim Services Unit of RCMP – Redcliff..............403-548-7848 ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES Alberta Aids to Daily Living.................................. 403-528-8170 Children’s Health and Development Services....... 403-529-8966 General Inquires.................................................... 403-528-5633

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Community Telephone Index

Community Telephone Index


Community Telephone Index

Home Care Program...............................................403-528-8150 Living Healthy Program....................................... 403-529-8969 Medicine Hat Regional Hospital........................... 403-529-8000 Senior Services Day Hospital................................ 403-529-8949 Sexual Health........................................................ 403-502-8305 Social Work............................................................ 403-529-8083 Community Health Centres Bassano.............................................................403-501-3300 Bow Island........................................................ 403-545-2296 Brooks................................................................403-501-3300 Medicine Hat.................................................... 403-502-8200 Oyen..................................................................403-664-3651 Addiction and Mental Health Community Clinics Bow Island.........................................................403-545-5120 Brooks/Bassano.................................................403-793-6655 Medicine Hat.................................................... 403-529-3500 Oyen..................................................................403-664-3651 CANADIAN MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION Family & Friends Support Group.......................... 403-504-1811 Mental Health Education....................................... 403-504-1811 ROAD to WOW Mental Health Group................... 403-504-1811 Sexual Abuse Education......................................... 403-504-1811 Suicide Prevention Education................................. 403-504-1811 Suicide Bereavement Support Group The POST Thrift Store..........................................403-527-0326 Donation Pick-Ups.................................................. 403-504-1811 Whispers of Wellness Mental Health Club............ 403-504-1811 Yellow Ribbon Program.......................................... 403-504-1811 CHILD AND YOUTH Big Brothers & Big Sisters.....................................403-527-6640 Bridges Family Program........................................ 403-526-7473 Best Babies/Building Blocks/Healthy Start.......... 403-526-7473 FAS-D..................................................................... 403-526-7473 First Step................................................................403-526-2680

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CITY SERVICES Library Home Bound Program..............................403-502-8541 Medicine Hat Police Services................................ 403-529-8400 Seniors Outreach Worker...........403-502-8718 or 403-529-8368 Special Transit.......................................................403-529-8214 Strathcona Centre................................................. 403-529-8307 Veiner Centre......................................................... 403-529-8383 Meals on Wheels.............................................. 403-529-8383 Senior’s Health Clinic (Wellness Wednesday).403-529-8383 Elm Street School Community Worker..................403-526-3528 Medicine Hat High School Community Worker..... 403-527-8571 Southview School Community Worker.................. 403-529-6234 COUNSELING AND SUPPORT Agnes Adam Lee Centre (Sexual Health)............. 403-548-2208 Alberta Senior’s & Community Supports..............403-529-3156 FAS-D..................................................................... 403-526-7473 Medicine Hat Family Service................................ 403-504-8026 Military Family Resource Centre..........................403-526-2830 ...................................................................... or 403-544-5567 Miywasin Society of Aboriginal Services...............403-526-0756 Pregnancy Support Centre.................................... 403-504-8560 Sexual Abuse Counseling...................................... 403-529-3500

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Community Telephone Index

Child and Family Services.................................... 403-529-3607 Inn Between Youth Shelter...................(Daytime) 403-527-1588 ........................................................ (Evenings) 403-529-6367 McMan Parent Link Centre.................................. 403-504-0833 McMan Youth Family & Community Services...... 403-527-1588 Medicine Hat Youth Action Society........................403-527-4249 Youth Wellness Centre.......................................... 403-528-8068 Outreach Support Services.....................................403-581-8581 Regional Autism Coordinator.................................403-527-3302 Redcliff Youth Centre.............................................403-548-2811 Youthworks Employment Centre............................403-529-4733


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EDUCATION AND SUPPORT Adult Basic Literacy Education..............................403-529-3828 AISH...................................................................... 403-529-3693 Alberta Employment & Immigration.................... 403-529-3683 Brain Injury Relearning Services..........................403-528-2661 Citizen Advocacy Society........................................ 403-527-9787 Community Employment Services.........................403-527-3400 CORE Association..................................................403-527-3302 Community Response to Abuse & Neglect in the Elderly (CRANE)............................403-529-4798 Human Res. & Employment Income Support...................................................................403-529-3550 L.E.A.R.N...............................................................403-504-3513 Next Step Residential Services..............................403-527-4999 Office of the Public Guardian.................................403-529-3744 Persons with Developmental Disabilities...............403-529-3144 REDI Enterprises...................................................403-526-5742 Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Team................................403-526-5742 Routes to Work.......................................................403-526-5742 Support Coordination Services...............................403-526-5742 Sexual Assault Response Committee.................... 403-504-8026 Suicide Prevention Program.................................. 403-504-1811 The Victorian Order of Nurses....................... 403-529-1222 Volunteer & Community Information Centre....... 403-528-4636 GROUPS AND ORGANIZATIONS Al-Anon/Alateen.....................................................403-527-8252 Alcoholics Anonymous ...........................................403-527-2065 Art of Friendship.................................................... 403-527-9787 Bereavement (Grief) Support Groups.................... 403-504-8026 Concurrent Disorders Support Group (Addictions & Mental Illness).......................... 403-529-3500 ...................................................................... or 403-529-3582 Family & Friends of Adults with FASD................403-526-5742 Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous.................. 403-532-0505

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MENTAL HEALTH Acute Care (5N) Medicine Hat Regional Hospital.................................................................. 403-529-8825 Addiction Services..................................................403-529-3582 Behavior Assessment Program............................. 403-529-8030 Mental Health Community Support Services........403-502-8617 Mental Health Promotion...................................... 403-529-8030 Palliser Adolescent Services (PAS)....................... 403-529-8903 Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)............... 403-529-8030 OTHER COMMUNITY SERVICES AND GROUPS AJ’s Loan Cupboard.............................................. 403-580-5580 Alberta Blue Cross.................................................403-529-5553 Alzheimer Society AB/NWT..................................403-528-2700 Canadian Cancer Society.......................................403-528-2125 Canadian Diabetes Association..............................403-529-1259 CNIB...................................................................... (403-527-2211 Canadian Red Cross Society................................. 403-526-3048 Canadian Paraplegic Association.......................... 403-504-4001 Champion Centre................................................... 403-504-0342 Food Bank.............................................................. 403-528-4566

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FORWARD Support Group (For past & present drug users)........................403-527-5882 Gamblers Anonymous..........................................1-888-424-3577 Hepatatis C Support Group.................................... 403-526-1213 HIV Society of Southeastern Alberta....................403-527-5882 Men’s Work Aftercare Support...............................403-526-5916 Narcotics Anonymous.............................................403-979-2440 Phoenix Safe House Woman’s Support Group.......403-527-8223 Schizophrenia Society of Alberta...........................403-526-8515 Seizure Disorder Support.......................................403-548-2877 Beyond Survival (Sexual Abuse Support Group)...............................403-866-8100 Stroke Recovery Group............... 403-526-6764 or 403-527-0899 Unsung Heroes (Schizophrenia Support Group)....403-526-8515


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Heart and Stroke Foundation of AB/NWT/ Nunavit...................................................................403-527-0028 HIV Society of Southeastern Alberta ………403-527-5882 KEAS (Kiwanis Emergency Alert System)..... 403-529-8899 Legal Aid of Alberta...............................................403-529-3553 Medicine Hat Community in Home Detox Program (VON)...................................... 403-529-1222 Medicine Hat Family YMCA..................................403-527-4426 Medicine Hat John Howard Society.......................403-526-5916 Medicine Hat Community Housing Society...........403-527-4507 Transitional Housing....................................... 403-526-5200 Outreach Department ....................................... 403-5274507 Medicine Hat Women’s Shelter Society (Admin)...403-527-8223 Emergency Shelter............................................ 403-529-1091 Second Stage Housing...................................... 403-580-8206 Metis Nation of Alberta Association, Local #8..... 403-504-4060 Mission of Grace.....................................................403-528-7436 Multiple Sclerosis Society.......................................403-529-6797 Probation/Community Corrections Services..........403-529-3611 St. John’s Ambulance.............................................403-528-3292 Saamis Immigration Services Association............ 403-504-1188 South Eastern Alberta Safety Alliance Society.....403-529-2912 United Way............................................................ 403-526-5544 Welcome Wagon...................................................... 403-529-2131 Worlds of Women Together.....................................403-526-5627 PROVINCIAL NUMBERS Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan............................310-0000 ............................................................then dial 780-427-1432 Alberta Mental Health Patient Advocate Office.............310-000 ........................................................... then dial 780-422-1812 Alberta Seniors Benefits..................................... 1-800-642-3853 Alberta Works......................................................1-866-644-5135 ALS Society......................................................... 1-888-309-1111 Arthritis Society.................................................. 1-800-321-1433

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CRISIS SERVICES Help Line (provincial)..........................................1-877-303-2642 Mobile Crisis Team through Community Mental Health Clinic............................................. 403-529-3500 ........................................................ or Help Line after hours. Farm Stress Line................................................ 1-866-898-0280 Child Protection Crisis Line.............................. 1-800-638-0715 Canadian Red Cross Society (financial crisis situations, housing, meds at 1-888-800-6493 for 24 hr service) Phoenix Safe House (for battered women/ children)...............................................................1-800-661-7949 Salvation Army Family Support Centre (homeless shelter) Medicine Hat........................... 403-526-9699 Victim Assistance (Medicine Hat Police Services).............................. 403-529-8480 Victim Services Unit of Redcliff RCMP.................403-548-7848 SUICIDE RELATED SERVICES Mobile Crisis Team through Palliser Community Mental Health Clinic.................. 529-3500 daytime ....................................................................or 1-877-303-2642 After hours and weekends, call 911, or go to Emergency at Regional Hospital

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Canada Mortgage & Housing Corp..................... 1-877-499-7245 Canadian Pension Plan....................................... 1-800-277-9914 Cerebral Palsy Association of Alberta............... 1-800-363-2807 Child and Youth Advocate.................................. 1-800-661-3446 Credit Counseling Services................................ 1-888-294-0076 Dial-a-law & Lawyer Ref. Services..................... 1-800-332-1091 Epilepsy - Southern Alberta Association............1-866-374-5377 Family Violence Line .....................................................310-1818 Kidney Foundation of Canada............................. 1-800-268-1177 Landlord & Tenant..............................................1-877-427-4088 Lung Association of Alberta............................... 1-888-566-5864


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Suicide Prevention Program (educational awareness, ASIST training, Hope and Healing after Suicide Support Group, Yellow Ribbon Program) at our CMHA ASER.......................................................... 403-504-1811 YOUTH RELATED MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES Youth Mental Health Services through Community Mental Health Clinics: Medicine Hat.................. 403-529-3500, Palliser Adolescent Services (hospital outreach).. 403-529-8903 Children’s Health and Development Services (CHADS)................................................. 403-529-8966 Community Mental Health................................... 403-529-3500 Youth Wellness Coordinator...................................403-527-4249 SENIOR RELATED MENTAL H EALTH SERVICES Seniors Mental Health Community Outreach.......403-502-8617 Geriatric Outpatient Mental Health......................403-529-8913 Seniors Outreach Worker.......................................403-502-8718 C.R.A.N.E. (Community Response to Abuse and Neglect of the Elderly).....................................403-529-4798 AFFORDABLE HOUSING Medicine Hat Community Housing Society (Subsidized Housing)..............................................403-527-4507 Transitional Housing............................................. 403-526-5200 Outreach Department Supervisor or MH Community Housing Society...........................403-527-3053 Champion’s Centre Supportive Housing (for men)................................................................. 403-504-0342 Musasa House (second stage housing for women and children)............................................. 403-580-8206 Miywasin Society of Aboriginal Services...............403-526-0756

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LOCAL SHELTERS Inn Between Youth Shelter....................403-527-1588 (daytime) .....................................................or 403-529-6367 (evenings) Salvation Army Family Support Centre............... 403-526-9699 Medicine Hat Women’s Shelter Society...............1-800-661-7949 SUPPORT SERVICES RELATED TO SUBSTANCE ABUSE AADAC...................................................................403-529-3582 AADAC Help Line (gambling, alcohol or drugs)................................1-866-332-2322 Medicine Hat Community Detox Program VON..................................................... 403-529-1222 Alcoholics Anonymous............................................403-527-2065 Alanon and Alateen................................................403-527-8252 Cocaine Anonymous...............................................403-528-7758 Narcotics Anonymous.............. 403-979-2440 or 1-877-463-3537 MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT SERVICES Community Mental Health Clinic (children, adolescents, adults, seniors, groups) .... 403-529-3500 Schizophrenia Society (client support, Unsung Heroes, Family Support)...........................403-526-8515 Concurrent Disorder Support Group...... (AADAC 403-529-3582 ............................................ or Mental Health 403-529-3500) Mood Disorders Association.................................. 403-580-4224 Whispers of Wellness Mental Health Club (CMHA).................................................................. 403-504-1811

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LOCAL FOOD BANKS Salvation Army Family Support Centre............... 403-526-9699 Medicine Hat Food Bank Client Services............. 403-528-4566 Community Food Connections (Good Food Box, community gardens, community kitchens)........... 403-502-6096 ...................................................................... or 403-502-8209 Neighborhood Kitchen............................................403-528-4313 Meals on Wheels.................................................... 403-529-8383


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Routes to Work Mental Health Employment Program..................................................................403-526-5742 Making It Work Specialized Employment Program..................................................................403-527-3400 Bereavement Support Groups............................... 403-504-8026 Partial Hospitalization Program (support groups)..................................................... 403-529-8030 Bridges Family Program........................................ 403-526-7473 Phoenix Safe House Women’s Support Group........403-527-8223 Men’s Work Aftercare Group (Med Hat John Howard Society)............................403-526-5916 Family Life Education Programs (Med Hat Family Service)..................................... 403-504-8026 Sexual Health Clinics (no appointment necessary).............................................................. 403-502-8305 Family and Friends Support Group (CMHA)........ 403-504-1811 Family and Friends of Adults with FASD.............403-526-5742 LEGAL AID Legal Aid Alberta...................................................403-529-3553 Dial-a-Law and Lawyer Referral Services.......... 1-800-332-1091 HOW TO FIND A FAMILY PHYSICIAN Palliser Health Region General Inquiries............ 403-529-8000 LOCAL COUNSELING SERVICES Community Mental Health Association................ 403-529-3500 Medicine Hat Family Service (individual, couple, family, EAP, groups).............. 403-504-8026 Sexual Abuse Recovery Counseling...................... 403-529-3500 Pregnancy Support Centre.................................... 403-504-8560 Community Mental Health Brooks Clinic.............403-793-6655 Lifetalk Counselling Services (Brooks)................. 403-362-2210

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Alzheimer Society of Alberta & Northwest Territories.............................................403-329-3766 Canadian Cancer Society.......................................403-327-5452 Canadian Diabetes Association.............................. 403-327-4114 Community Links & Referral Program................ 403-328-5465 Nord-Bridge Seniors Centre...................................403-329-3222 DISTRESS/DRUGS/SUICIDE AADAC (24 hours)..................................................866-332-2322 Chinook Health Community Mental Health Clinic (Children Services)............................................ 403-381-5278 (Adult Service)...................................................403-381-5260 Crisis Intervention Program..................... (pager) 403-329-5630 Lethbridge Family Services .................................. 403-327-5724 Native Counselling Services.............................403-329-6140 M.U.S.T. (Mobile Urban Street Team).............. 403-327-1031 The Distress Line of SW Alberta..................... 403-327-7905 TRAC Youth Outreach..................................... 403-308-6633

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OTHER IMPORTANT RESOURCES AVAILABLE Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Medicine Hat..............403-527-6640 Bridges Family Program........................................ 403-526-7473 Citizen Advocacy Society........................................ 403-527-9787 Community Employment Services.........................403-527-3400 Medicine Hat John Howard Society.......................403-526-5916 McMann Youth Family and Community Services................................................................... 403-527-1588 Saamis Immigration Services................................ 403-504-1188 FAS-D..................................................................... 403-526-7473 HIV/AIDS Network in Medicine Hat.....................403-527-5882


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BIRTH CONTROL/PREGNANCY/STD AIDS/STD Information (24 hours)......................1-800-722-2437 Birthright...............................................................403-320-1003 Gay and Lesbian Peer Support..............................403-308-2893 Lethbridge HIV Connection...................................403-328-8186 Sexual Health Centre.............................................403-320-0110 Young Parents & Support Net................................403-329-3555 FAMILY VIOLENCE/SEXUAL ASSAULT Child Abuse Hot line (24 hours)..........................1-800-387-5437 Child Protection......................................................403-381-5555 Child Welfare Crisis Line................................... 1-800-638-0715 Family Violence Info Line...................................... 403-310-1818 Harbour House Shelter Outreach (24 hours).............................. 403-320-1881 Kainaiwa Children’s Services................................ 403-737-2900 Kid’s Help Line (24 hours).................................. 1-800-668-6868 Lethbridge Police Services.................................... 403-328-4444 Piikani Child and Family Services....................... 403-965-2390 YWCA.................................................................... 403-329-0088 LEGAL INFORMATION Lawyer Referral................................................... 1-800-661-1095 Legal Aid Society.................................................... 403-381-5194 Lethbridge Legal Guidance Society...................... 403-380-6338 HOUSING/EMERGENCEY FOOD SERVICES/GENERAL Bullying Help Line............................................. 1-888-456-2323 Children’s Advocate............................................ 1-800-661-3446 Emergency Youth Shelter........................................403-317-1777 Interfaith Food Bank..............................................403-320-8779 Lethbridge Emergency Shelter............................... 403-327-1031 Lethbridge Family Services................................... 403-327-5724 Lethbridge Soup Kitchen....................................... 403-320-8688 Native Women’s Transition Home......................... 403-329-6506 Salvation Army.......................................................403-327-8084

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INCOME SUPPORTS AISH....................................................................... 403-381-5186 Alberta Seniors Benefits Program..................... 1-800-642-3853 Lethbridge Office.................................................... 403-381-5231 Income Supports & Employment Programs...........403-381-5560 ADDICTIONS Al-Anon & Alateen Support Groups Call for meeting times and locations in Lethbridge Phone: Irene 403-394-2125 / Joanne 403-328-2042 Alcohol Anonymous................................................403-327-8049 Alberta Health Services -Alcohol & Drug Abuse Commission................................................. 403-381-5183 Alberta Health Services -Family Health Home Visitation Alberta Health Services, Family Health..........403-388-6351 Narcotics Anonymous............................................ 403-380-6536 South Country Treatment Centre......................... 403-329-6603 Southern Alcare Society & Industries.................. 403-328-0955 North Side Medical Clinic Addictions Treatment Program....................... 403-942-3003 Alberta Child Care Program Southwest Alberta Child & Family Services........................... 403-381-5316 Family Centre Society of Southern Alberta.......... 403-320-4232 Family Enhancement Services Southwest AB Child and Family Services.............403-381-5500 Family Support for Children with Disabilities..............................................................403-382-4275 Family Ties Association........................................ 403-320-8888 Kids Help Phone................................. 1-800-668-6868 (toll free) Opokaa’sin Children’s Centre................................ 403-380-2569 Parent Help Line.................................1-888-603-9100 (toll free)

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St. Vincent DePaul................................................ 403-328-5493 YWCA Harbour House...........................................403-320-1881


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South West Alberta Child & Family Services Authority..................................................403-381-5500 CLOTHING AND FURNITURE Catholic Charities Clothes Bank of Lethbridge............................... 403-327-0846 Fax: 403-328-1524 Hours of Operation: 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. M–S Salvation Army Community and Family Services Centre.............. 403-327-8084 or 403-327-8092 COUNSELING AND COMMUNITY SUPPORT Alberta Brain Injury Network...............................403-320-7402 Community Conflict Resolution Services.............. 403-329-0220 Lethbridge Association for Community Living.......................................403-327-2911 Fax: 403-320-7054 Medicine Tree Centre............................................. 403-328-2414 Native Counselling Services of Alberta.................403-329-6140 Crisis Intervention Team.......................................403-329-4775 Mobile Urban Street Team (M.U.S.T.)....................403-315-1117 Salvation Army Community and Family Services Centre............................... 403-327-8084/403-327-8092 St. Vincent de Paul Society................................... 403-328-5493 YWCA Harbour House: Outreach Services........... 403-320-1881 ................................................................... or 1-866-296-0447 EDUCATION Womanspace Resource Centre.............................. 403-329-8338 FOOD SERVICES Better Beginnings -Alberta Health Services ....................403-388-6661 / 403-345-3000 / 1-866-345-8800 Interfaith Food Bank..............................................403-320-8779 The Interfaith Chinook Country Kitchen..............403-320-8138 Lethbridge Community Good Food Club............... 403-327-8815 Lethbridge Food Bank............................................ 403-320-1879 Lethbridge Society for Meals on Wheels................ 403-327-7990 Lethbridge Soup Kitchen Association................... 403-320-8688

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HOUSING (EMERGENCY TRANSITION AFFORDABLE) Lethbridge Community Outreach Services Pathways to Housing..................................403-329-4775 ext. 27 Lethbridge Emergency Shelter............................... 403-327-1031 Emergency Youth Shelter Wood’s Homes................403-317-1777 YWCA Harbour House.......................................... 403-329-0088 Aboriginal Housing Society................................... 403-328-8806 Green Acres Foundation (Housing for Seniors)..... 403-328-1155 Lethbridge Habitat for Humanity..........................403-327-6612 Native Women’s Transition Home......................... 403-329-6506 Parkside Home........................................................ 403-320-1103 LEGAL AID AND JUSTICE John Howard Society of Alberta............................403-327-8202 Legal Aid Society of Alberta.................................. 403-381-5194 Lethbridge Legal Guidance Society...................... 403-380-6338 Victim/Witness Services (Lethbridge Regional Police Service).................... 403-330-5023 EMERGENCY: Call 911

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HEALTH/MEDICAL ASSISTANCE/CLINICS Canadian Mental Health Association....................403-329-4775 Chinook Lifeline Association..................................403-388-6317 Chinook Regional Hospital Switchboard.............. 403-388-6380 ...................................................................or 1-866-388-6380 Alberta Health Service Sexual Health Centre......403-320-0110 Lethbridge HIV Connection...................................403-328-8186 St. Michael’s Health Centre................................... 403-382-6400 Urban Aboriginal Mental Health.......................... 403-388-6694 The Victorian Order of Nurses.......................403-328-0033


Community Telephone Index

SENIORS Lethbridge Housing Authority (Housing for Seniors) 101, 905 4 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 0P4 .......................................................................... 403-329-0556 Lethbridge Family Services – Home Services 106, 1410 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB T1K 2R3........................................ 403-317-4624 Lethbridge Senior Citizen Organization 500 – 11 Street South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 4G7...403-320-2222 Seniors Mental Health Outreach Team................ 403-388-6601

TABER

Mennonite Central Committee...............................403-223-4144 Taber Food Bank.................................................... 403 223-1833 Taber/Vauxhall Victim Services............................403 223-8991 Safe Haven Women’s Shelter Society 24/7 Crisis Line..................................................... 403-223-0483 Taber and District Health Foundation (TDHF).... 403-223-7232

BROOKS

Meals on Wheels.................................................... 403-362-4549 The SPEC Association for Children & Families....403-501-5556 Brooks and District Victim’s Assistance Unit....... 403-362-5548 Alcoholics Anonymous Bassano, Brooks, Medicine Hat, Redcliff – Alberta............ 403-527-2065 (24 hrs.) Youth Mental Health Services through Community Mental Health Clinics........................403-793-6655 Bow Island/Foremost RCMP Victim Service.........403-545-2784 Cantera Safe House (Brooks Women’s Shelter)..... 403-793-2232 Brooks Food Bank.................................................. 403-793-2535

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Bow Island..............................................................403-545-5120 Community Food Connections Association Bow Island............................................................. 403-502-6096 Community Mental Health Bow Island Clinic......403-545-5120

OYEN

Youth Mental Health Services through Community Mental Health Clinics....................... 403-664-3803 Oyen Food Bank.................................................... 403-664-2255 Community Mental Health Oyen Clinic............... 403-664-3803

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Community Mental Health Brooks Clinic.............403-793-6655 Lifetalk Counselling Services (Brooks)................. 403-362-2210 HIV/AIDS Network in Brooks............................... 403-363-5548


Index of Community Advertisers Dental Services

A Better Way Dental Hygiene Care.............................. 44

Fitness

YWCA Lethbridge & District........................................ 45

Funeral Services

Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematorium................ 45

Home Health Care Equipment & Supplies

MEDIchair..................................................................... 43 Shoppers HomeHealthCare........................................... 44

Long Term Care Facilities

AdaptaCare Personal Care Homes Inc......................... 43

MLA - Lethbridge East

MLA Bridget A. Pastoor................................................ 44

Pharmacy

Stafford Pharmacy Home Healthcare........................... 44

Respiratory Services

Chinook Respiratory Care............................................. 43 Medigas.......................................................................... 43

Tutoring

Sylvan Learning............................................................ 43

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