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Gimli’s Home Care Clinic Now Open for Home Care Client Appointments
Gimli Community Health Centre officially opened its first home care clinic today. Attached to Gimli’s community health centre, the clinic will provide additional support to local and surrounding home care clients requiring regular health care aid from home care nursing staff. Home care clients who are mobile or able to be driven by family can now book regular appointments with this new clinic rather than waiting for a nurse to attend them at home.

Those that most appreciate this service are home care clients who require regular assistance from a home care nurse but who are otherwise ambulatory. For example, home care clients who are working during the day, in school or have other commitments. Some of the most common health concerns addressed by home care clinic nurses are related to wound management and are easily treatable (e.g. diabetic ulcers, surgical incisions, bed sores, etc.) The establishment of a home care clinic within the Gimli Health Centre is therefore a significant efficiency, freeing up the time of nurses who would otherwise travel to patients who are able to seek care on their own.

In a home care clinic setting, the extra time for travel or having patients waiting for a nurse to arrive at their home is no longer a factor that home care clients have to work into their daily lives when they need care. Having the home care clinic as a resource in the community also allows traveling home care nurses to see more clients per day. Karen Wood, Interlake-Eastern RHA’s regional director of home care and palliative care, is pleased to have this additional support in the community.

“Having access to a home care nursing clinic on a regular basis means we can offer people a better option than the emergency department when care is needed in a timely manner. The kind of health care issues that nurses attend to in home care typically don’t require life-saving care provided in emergency rooms. If home care clients attend an emergency room for care they will often have a long wait as people with more critical health care needs will be prioritized.”

Gimli residents are also very happy to have this service offered to the community and surrounding area. So much so that local citizens took the initiative to raise $1,500 towards the purchase of a $1,700 exam table to be used at the new clinic. Tristen Tergesen, chair of the Westshore Community Foundation, spoke to why the foundation felt it was important to support Gimli’s new home care clinic.

“The Westshore Community Foundation is happy to provide a $1,500 grant towards the cost of an exam table for the new home care clinic. This contribution to the health of our community is consistent with our mandate of ‘Building a Lasting legacy.’ Our Foundation congratulates everyone involved who made this clinic a reality and we are pleased to be a part of this effort.”

Pamela McCallum, executive director of the region’s newly established Interlake-Eastern Health Foundation, noted how important donations like this are for community health and wellness.

“The Interlake-Eastern Health Foundation provides essential assistance to all of our region’s facilities and that assistance wouldn’t be possible without the generosity and care we receive from our communities. All contributions large and small make a significant impact on our region.”

The clinic is now open daily to home care patients in Gimli and surrounding areas. Hours will vary as home care nurses are also visiting patients who are not ambulatory or able to be driven to the clinic. Other home care clinics are operating in the communities of Beausejour, Selkirk, Stonewall, Pine Falls and Oakbank.
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