Special Report: Celebrating 40 years of home care

Winnipeg Health Region
Wave, September / October 2014

Every day, hundreds of home-care staff fan out across the city to help those in need

The streets of many neighbourhoods can seem pretty quiet in the middle of the day while residents are at work or play. But all across this city, at any given time, hundreds of workers in the Winnipeg Health Region’s Home Care program are caring for clients in bedrooms and living rooms and, on a lovely summer day, in gardens and gazebos.

They work with young and old, with clients recovering from acute illnesses and with those living with long-term conditions. They work in the suburbs and in the inner city, in apartment complexes and single-family homes. And everything they do is focused on providing care that enhances quality of life by helping people live in their own homes.

Writer Bob Armstrong and photographer Marianne Helm spent three weeks accompanying home-care staff as they visited with their clients, in order to get a better understanding of the program and how it benefits people in need of care. Their report is as follows.

In this special report, we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Home Care program in Manitoba.

Made in Manitoba
Province’s vision for home care still a model for the country..

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Pioneers of home care Pioneers of home care

Small group of people made a big difference.

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Planning for the future Planning for the future

The Winnipeg Health Region has launched a pilot project to enhance home-care services to residents living in assisted-living facilities.

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Bringing Kaysen home
A day in the life of 21-month-old Kaysen Campeau, who is today being cared for by a respite nurse from the Winnipeg Health Region

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Further reading

More stories from the special report on the 40th anniversary of home care in Manitoba:

Some days are better than others

Coordinating care

Getting on with life

Getting back into the swing of things

Living a normal life

Help for those in need of a home

End of life care helps "lift the load"


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Wave is published six times a year by the Winnipeg Health Region in cooperation with the Winnipeg Free Press. It is available at newsstands, hospitals and clinics throughout Winnipeg, as well as McNally Robinson Books.

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