For a few hours each month, patients at Yarmouth Regional Hospital are greeted by Nancy Winchester’s bright smile. Winchester shares her retirement time with Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) by greeting and helping employees, patients and families at the information desk.
October 17 is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. This day promotes dialogue and understanding between people living in poverty and their communities, and society at large. This year’s theme is "acting together to empower children, their families, and communities to end poverty" and 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). The convention recognizes the right of every child to a standard of living adequate for the child’s physical, mental, spiritual, moral and social development.
For Bloom Program coordinator Dr. Laura Miller, the most important medication many patients take away from their local pharmacies is often positive “connection with other human beings.” Miller started in June as Nova Scotia Health Authority’s provincial lead for the Bloom Program, which aims to improve the health and well-being of people living with mental illness and addictions by connecting them directly with pharmacists.
The Crossroads Clubhouse in Sydney, a mental health and addictions program since May 1994, is part of an international community that redefines what it means to live with mental illness and promotes unique recovery through genuine relationships and a deep commitment to working together.
Larry Baxter looked after his father for four years. He’s also been a part-time home care worker for 12 years. That experience, as well as his background working in the non-profit sector, made him an ideal candidate to be a volunteer patient family advisor (PFA) with Nova Scotia Health Authority’s continuing care team.