Home Oxygen Therapy
Ontario Home Health has a proud history of providing exceptional care to our home oxygen clients. Since 1992 we have always made a priority of recruiting the best Registered Respiratory Therapists. It has always been our belief that our people differentiate our services. Our Registered Respiratory Therapists work daily with our home oxygen clients and their families to ensure that they are able to continue to be independent and comfortable in spite of their breathing challenges.
Home Oxygen Funding
In the province of Ontario, the Ministry of Health's Home Oxygen Program provides funding assistance to individuals who have a valid Ontario Health Card and meet the program's eligibility criteria.
Physiologic criteria for Health Care Professionals click Here.
Home Oxygen Equipment
An oxygen concentrator is an electrical device that separates oxygen from the surrounding air. It then purifies the oxygen and delivers it to the user through an oxygen mask or nasal prongs. This method provides a reliable supply of oxygen 24 hours a day as long as there is a reliable supply of electricity.
A portable oxygen concentrator work on the same principle as the stationary unit with a few differences. The portable oxygen concentrators are smaller lightweight and are powered by a chargeable battery. This device provides the freedom to travel outside your home without the need to carry multiple oxygen cylinders.
The Homefill Oxygen System
A more recent advancement in oxygen equipment is the homefill system. This system uses a stationary concentrator a specially designed filling station that allows the user to fill their portable oxygen tanks at home. Advantages include complete independence from scheduled oxygen deliveries and the assurance that your cylinders will always be filled and ready when needed.
Liquid Oxygen Systems
Liquid oxygen systems store oxygen at extremely low temperatures in liquid form. The storage vessels are insulated cannisters that are available in larger home units and smaller units for use outside the home. The smaller unit used for ambulation is filled as needed from the base unit. Liquid oxygen systems provide long usage times and are generally capable of higher flow rates. Use of this system requires regular filling which is provided by Ontario Home Health staff
Compressed oxygen cylinders are high pressure cannisters that provide an oxygen supply for use in case of power outages and in some cases as a portable system. When used with conserving devices, their duration of use can be extended although systems needed for extended periods outside the home can be heavy and cumbersome.
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a serious health problem characterized by frequent pauses in your breathing during sleep. These pauses can last in excess of 30 seconds and can occur hundreds of times a night. If left untreated, OSA can lead to serious and long term health consequences
Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treatment
The goal of treatment is to relieve apnea, improve quality of sleep, and maintain blood oxygen levels within acceptable levels. Successful treatment regimes may include:
- Weight loss
- Establish regular sleeping patterns
- Smoking cessation
- Reduce intake of stimulants including caffeine
- Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy
- Dental devices
In some mild cases of OSA, simply changing your lifestyle may be an effective treatment. Weight loss and stopping the use of alcohol, muscle relaxants, sleeping pills and cigarettes will all contribute to the improvement of OSA symptoms. You should always consult your physician prior to changes in your use of medications.
Your individualized treatment plan will be developed in consultation with your physician. The Health Care Professionals at Ontario Home Oxygen and Health are available to assist and guide you through the treatment process.
Click on the link below for treatment information provided by the Canadian Lung AssociationTreatment
NASAL CPAP - Continuous Positive Airway Pressure
CPAP is the most common and most effective treatment for OSA. While a person with OSA sleeps, the tissues in the back of the throat collapse and block the flow of air. CPAP therapy introduces controlled pressure (usually through the nasal passages) to hold the soft tissue of the uvula, soft palate, and soft pharyngeal tissue of the upper airway in position, in order to keep the airway open.
A CPAP unit is essentially a microprocessor-controlled blower that delivers pressurized air through a mask that is placed over the nose. When used properly as prescribed by your sleep physician, CPAP will stabilize oxygen levels, breathing patterns and blood pressure.
The amount of pressure required to treat your OSA is generally determined by a titration study in the sleep lab.
CPAP users often report immediate benefits from the therapy. Generally, the more severe the symptoms associated with your OSA, the more dramatic the improvement. Immediate benefits may include cessation of snoring and thrashing around in bed resulting in improved sleep for you and your bedmate. Continued CPAP use usually results in improved quality of life, including increased energy levels, improved mood, and renewed interest in work and hobbies. Long-term therapy has also been shown to reduce the risk of high blood pressure, stroke and heart failure.
Probably the most important variable in the application of nasal CPAP therapy is the mask or nasal interface through which the CPAP therapy contacts the client's airway. Considerations for a proper fit include:
- Ability to effect a proper seal with little pressure
- Cost (in some cases)
- Materials (sensitivities)
- Anatomical structure of the face
The high airflow through the nasal passages has a drying effect on the nasal and pharyngeal mucosa. Generally a humidifier is added to increase the humidity level of the air delivered by the CPAP unit.
Humidifiers are available for use with most CPAP units, and are designed to fit the unit and prevent an overly cumbersome package. Humidifiers can be cold, passover or heated.
Complications of Nasal CPAP Therapy
Like all medical interventions, there are complications associated with CPAP therapy. With proper consultation, these side effects can be minimized.
- -mild but common complications
- Sneezing and rhinorrhea
- -alleviated with steroid nasal sprays
- Dry mucous membranes
- -caused by continuous airflow
- -can be reduced with humidification
- Dermal irritation from mask
- -commonly reduced by changing mask size or style
- -most common problem
- -can be caused by above, insufficient correction of above complications, or discomfort, claustrophobia, panic attacks
- -generally, the more debilitating the OSA, the better the compliance
- Abdominal bloating
Ontario Home Oxygen and Health's CPAP Program
- Trial periods allow you to experience the benefits of CPAP therapy
- Flexible set-up times to accommodate your schedule
- Highly trained Registered Respiratory Therapists
- A large selection of CPAP products from reputable Manufacturers
Funding is available to residents of Ontario through the Assistive Devices Program (ADP) for clients who meet the following criteria:
- Completion of polysomnographic study (sleep study) in a registered sleep lab - diagnosis of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
- Prescription by a registered sleep physician
- A valid Ontario Health Card
The ADP program provides partial funding of CPAP systems. There is no ongoing funding for future supplies through the Assistive Devices Program. Clients are eligible for replacement CPAP units in 5 years if their unit ceases to function. This requires the completion of a new ADP application, and sleep lab physician signature.
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Veins are one of the main components that make up our hard working circulatory system. The veins are particularly susceptible to problems because they are below and far from the heart, and returning blood to the heart is an uphill job. Any physical condition that hinders the veins from performing their role in in the circulatory system (returning blood to the heart) is considered venous disease. Venous disease is very common in North America especially in the 50 and over age group. Recent estimates indicate that 1 out of 2 people will develop some form of Chronic Venous Disorder in their lifetime. Chronic Venous Disorder is a progressive disorder, and although it cannot be cured, it can be kept at bay and prompt action can prevent further health problems many which are life threatening.
Some of the risk factors that are associated with chronic vein disorder are:
- Prolonged sitting or standing
- Long distance travel
- Being over the age of 40.
The vast majority of our population will have one or more of these risk factors working against them. If you develop venous disease the dangers associated with it go far beyond the cosmetic look of your legs. You could also develop deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or traveler's embolism. A DVT is a blood clot that can develop if venous disorders are left untreated. About 25% of DVTs move away from the legs and travel through the blood stream into the lungs. This clot is then referred to as a pulmonary embolism and it can have life threatening consequences.
The main mode of non-evasive treatment for venous disease is through compression therapy by using compression socks. Compression socks work by applying a measured amount of compression to your leg. The highest amount of compression is applied at the ankle and is gradually reduced along the length of the stocking as it gets closer to the heart. This is termed graduated compression and it is clinically shown to promote the flow of blood out of your legs and back to your heart. The compression socks massage the legs and act as a pump to aid in restoring normal circulation. To be most effective the socks or stockings should be put on at the start of your day and be removed before you go to bed.
Categories of Compression Stockings
The first category in which compression socks can be purchased are an over the counter product and is 15-20mmhg compression. These are a low compression sock and are designed for people who sit or stand for prolonged periods, or for those who have tired or achy legs.
The second category of sock is a measured sock and for these you will need a prescription from your family doctor indicating the recommended pressure. This pressure will depend on the severity of the venous disease . Below is a guideline used by your physician to establish proper compression:
- 20-30mmhg - Mild varicose veins with minimal edema and post\96sclerotherapy of small veins, DVT.
- 30-40mmhg - Moderate to severe varicosities to moderate swelling, primary venous ulcer.
- 40-50mmhg - Severe varicosities, severe edema , reversible Lymphedema, Recurrrant venous ulcers.
- 50-60mmhg - Unmanageable venous ulcers, severe Lymphedema, Severe Post Thrombotic Syndrome.
The third category of compression sock is custom measurement. There are times when a person with venous disease does not fit into sizing perimeters. It is crucial this happens so on certain occasions custom measurements are required.
Compression socks are made and designed with both men and women in mind and they range in various styles such as knee high, thigh high, or pantyhose. They can be purchased in a sock material , sheer ,ultra sheer and rubber material to promote comfort and effectiveness. Wearing your compression socks every day is crucial for effective therapy so making it a daily habit is very important.
There are some contraindications for wearing compression socks some of which are arterial insufficiency, uncontrolled congestive heart failure, and acute and weeping dermatitis. There may be more contraindications so please consult your physician if you are planning to use measured or custom compression therapy.
In the province of Ontario, the Ministry of Health's Assistive Devices Program (ADP) provides funding assistance to individuals who have a valid Ontario Health Card and meet the program's eligibility criteria.
Many insurance companies can provide coverage through Employer Benefit plans. Check with your provider for full details.
Ontario Home Health has been completing custom installations since 1992. Our experienced staff will work with you, your therapist, or your contractor to ensure the job gets done right.
Do not let mobility issues force you from your home until you speak with one of our mobility specialists first. What if there was a device that would allow you to maintain your independence and remain in your home for years longer?
Our home is where we spend most of our time and create many memories. Often times a staircase becomes a challenge that can interfere with the enjoyment of living in the family home. When this occurs, a choice is often necessary between moving out of your home at great expense, and making modifications to allow you to remain safely and independently in your home.
Ontario Home Health has more than 25 years experience installing and maintaining stairlifts in all types of homes. Whether your home requires a standard straight rail or more elaborate custom installation, we can ensure a safe, professional and cost-effective solution.
- porch lifts
- ceiling track lifts
- grab bars
- bathroom safety equipment
- lift chairs
Ostomy surgery is done to form an opening in the abdomen to allow waste to be passed from the body when a structure in the digestive system is unable to function properly. There are three different types of surgeries that are performed depending on the structures affected:
The colon is the first four to five feet of the large intestine. Its function is to absorb water and any remaining nutrients from waste material and return it to the body. A colostomy is a temporary or permanent surgery that is performed when the colon is not able to function properly and the body needs another way to eliminate waste. During a colostomy an opening is formed called a stoma. The stoma connects the colon to the surface of the abdomen allowing the person to pass waste from their body.
During an ileostomy part of the ileum is brought to the surface of the abdomen creating a stoma which is a small opening. An iliostomy is performed when the ileum is not functioning properly. The ileum is the longest segment of the small intestine and its primary function is to absorb vitamin B12. There are two types of ileostomy surgeries; end ileostomy and loop ileostomy. An end ileostomy is a surgery that removes part of the large bowel known as the colon. The loop iliostomy is a surgery where some of the small bowel is lifted above the skin and held in place with a rod. This surgery is typically done as a temporary treatment. Both surgeries are done to allow the elimination of waste from the body.
A urostomy is done to redirect urine flow through a small opening in the abdominal wall when there is a diseased bladder, The opening is called a stoma and is used to pass urine. After having a urostomy the urine flows continually and so a pouch must be worn at all times.
Ontario Home Health is a leading provider of Ostomy supplies.
Our expert staff is fully trained and ready to assist with all your ostomy needs and challenges. We work closely with Health Care Professionals to ensure that our client\92s needs are met. We have more options than ever before to receive your products!
- -Purchase your supplies from our webstore and receive free delivery right to to your door with a $250 minimum purchase.
- Automatic Deliveries!
- -Imagine your supplies automatically arriving at your home every month hassle-free! We will safe-drop them anywhere you request even if you are not home. Simply call or e-mail for more details.
- -Visit one of our 4 locations across Southwestern Ontario. We have qualified staff in all locations who can help answer your questions or direct you to someone who can.
We have a large selection of Ostomy supplies in stock from Convatec, Hollister, and Coloplast. If we do not have it in stock, call or e-mail us and we will get it to you as quickly as possible!
The Ministry of Health's Assistive Devices Program has created a grant for individuals who are a permanent Ontario resident with a valid health card issued in their name, who has a permanent colostomy, ileostomy, usostomy, ileal conduit, or continent pouch/reservoir.
When considering a sport or work brace, we always recommend seeing a physician or a physiotherapist, if at all possible, to get a diagnosis and/or a prescription.
Why is this step important?
The pain or discomfort you are feeling may be a symptom of a bigger issue.
Your physician may feel it necessary to refer you to a physiotherapist or specialist such as a sports medicine doctor. In extreme cases, it may be necessary for you to see an orthopaedic surgeon. FYI: You may also see a physiotherapist or sports medicine doctor yourself (you do not need a referral).
We want to make sure that you receive the proper solution - not just one that \93feels good.\94 The wrong brace or one that is the sized incorrectly may aggravate or leave an injury vulnerable.
Other important considerations before purchasing Work & Sport Bracing:
If at all possible, we recommend dropping into one of our retail outlets. Ontario Home Health\92s trained staff will be able to answer any questions you may have and recommend the proper solution.
Purchasing Work & Sport Bracing online can be a quick and painless way of replacing a tired brace when the individual knows exactly what size and model they wish to purchase.
As always, our trained staff are only a phone call away if you do have any questions or clarifications. See Contact Us for local and toll free numbers.
Bracing Return Policy:
Any returned brace must be in prime sellable condition along with original packaging material. Due to hygienic concerns, it must not have been worn for any other purpose than to ensure proper fit.
See Product Return Policy for further details.
We carry a wide variety of wound care products in our stores. Anything from a Band-Aid to a specialty dressing can be found. Our knowledgeable staff will be able to help you pick the proper product for your needs.
We provide products from well established vendors such as Moelnlycke, 3M, Convatec, Smith & Nephew and Safecross.
Available are also sterile solutions, antibacterial wipes, bandages, and sterile dressings. The staff at Ontario Home Health can help you to stock your First Aid Kit for home, or office use as per Ontario Regulations.
Our prices are consumer reasonable and we will be happy to place in any special order if you require.