home healthcare strives to improve quality of life
Michael Ibrahim, is the owner of Pharmasave Michael's Pharmacy and Michael's Home Healthcare, both are located in the plaza on Bayfield Main Street S. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
The Bayfield Breeze recently conducted the following Q&A with the folks at Michael’s Home Healthcare to learn how the business has evolved since first opening in the summer of 2015.
What is the mission of Michael’s Home Health Care?
Michael’s Home Healthcare offers the access and support to participate in life, home and community. We are a supportive source for products required in order to remain home while aging and/or healing from an injury. We strive to improve the quality of life of our customers.
What has the feedback been from the community with regards to Michael’s Home Health Care since opening in 2015?
The local and surrounding community is pleased to have an extended healthcare resource available. Michael's valued customers appreciate the same level of service and professionalism that they have experienced with the Pharmacy staff. They are happy to learn that a local delivery service is also available. Locals and visitors alike also find the services convenient for forgotten medical items or unforeseen circumstances.
Since opening just over three years ago has your perspective changed as to what the needs of the community are from their inquiries and requests?
We have seen an increase in community members renting mobility and healthcare items for post-operative hip, knee and heart surgery.
We also work closely with area Occupational Therapists to provide mobility aids, mainly roller walkers that are covered by the Assistive Device Program.
Have you started carrying any new products or providing different services due to these inquiries or requests?
We started carrying an inventory of replacement CPAP parts as CPAP machine parts are easily forgotten when packing or they break down at the most inconvenient times, like when on holidays.
We also added a line of premium lift chairs and motorized scooters to our inventory.
Are there any special services that Michael’s Home Health Care provides?
• Michael's Home Healthcare offers professional treatment and care for Sleep Apnea and CPAP machines with our onsite Respiratory Therapist. We offer treatment for people who snore. We offer free monthly trials of CPAP machines. All of our maintenance, pressure changes and adjustments, monitoring and reading services are complimentary
• We offer a comprehensive rental program. Some equipment may be required only during recovery, for visiting guests or vacationers. Some customers even choose to rent a product for a trial to see if it will serve their needs. Last year, we helped a visitor with compromised mobility enjoy her week holiday in Bayfield. She wanted to be able to reach the beach and enjoy outdoor time with her family and friends but rest when she needed. Together, we chose for her to rent a Fusion. This lightweight roller walker converts to a transport wheel chair with a simple flip of a handle. She was able to walk to the beach and play areas but sit down and rest on it or have someone transport her safely back if she grew too tired.
• Our community extended services include monthly appointments with Shannon McClenaghan, Bayfield Hearing Clinic.
Do you offer rental options for walkers, wheelchairs etc.?
Most home health products are rented weekly or for up to four weeks. Customers are welcome to come into the store and we will assist them with the right fit and the right product. Prior to surgery, hip and knee replacement patients are given a list of home health aides they will find useful for use in their home during recovery. If a customer knows when an upcoming surgery will be, we can choose the products, complete measurements and reserve them prior or have them delivered locally on their return home.
What products do you carry in the store that you would most like to make our readers aware of?
• Mobility Aids: walkers, scooters, wheelchairs, canes and accessories
• CPAP and accessories
• Health and Wellness: compression stockings, Ostomy supplies, beds, and pillows
• Home care Aids for Home: Bathroom and kitchen; power seats, bath lifts, bath benches, toilet seats and grab bars
• Sport and Therapeutic braces
What are the current days open and hours of operation?
Michael’s Home Healthcare is currently open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. If Home Healthcare is not open, staff is available to help during Pharmacy hours. Appointments with our Respiratory Therapist are offered on Mondays and Wednesdays by calling the store.
People are welcome to contact Michael's for all of their wellness needs at 2 Main Street in Bayfield. Please contact 519 565-4457 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. They can also visit their Goderich pharmacy location at 181 Cambria Road North or call 519 524-2243.
"Doodles" benefit rescues and shelters everywhere
Bauer "doodled" by artist, Judy Roth.
Since closing her Main Street store, JMR Collections, in Bayfield, Judy Roth has been doodling crazy, but all for a good reason. A very sad reason but one she hopes is making a small difference.
Roth became fast friends with a woman named, Brenda, and her daughter, Carrissa, after meeting them this summer. Roth explained that they were both a huge support to her when after 10 years she decided it was time to close her store.
“In July and August, they volunteered almost every weekend as the closing was near. Brenda dropped in almost every day to work in the store or to check and see if anything was needed. She brought vegetables from her garden to give away. She’d also bring her dogs with her (the oldest dog passed in June) including, her rescue dog, Poppie and her new puppy, Daisy!” said Roth.
Roth added that sadly in October, Brenda was diagnosed with liver and bone cancer and is now no longer able to take care of Daisy. Roth, and her husband, Ken, were honored to be asked to adopt this amazing dog.
“We wanted to give back in some way, so with the love Brenda has for animals the doodles were inspired,” said Roth. “For a donation to your choice of animal rescue/shelter of $20 (or more), you will receive an original doodle that I will create for you.”
The doodles start with a sketch inspired from a supplied photo and then is digitally enhanced. These doodles are perfect for sharing or printing as the quality is great for a 12” square on canvas.
The Roths originally set a goal of $500 and as of this date they have passed this goal and look forward to setting a new one. So far, dogs in shelters/rescues in Ontario, USA and even in Thailand have been donated to. No money is handled, all who wish to participate should donate directly to their organization of choice.
“Brenda is very happy when told about the contributions being made for the dogs. She has cared for many dogs and cats over the years and so we have recently added donations for cats as well as dogs for doodling,” Roth explained.
According to Roth, Brenda will be in the hospital thru Christmas and then moved to hospice in the New Year. She has a small, older Pomeranian that needs to be fostered or given to a “furever” home. Please contact The JMR Collections on Facebook or WhoodleDoodles on Instagram if there is an interest. Instagram is also the place to go to see more doodles.
“Thank you all for your wonderful support. Please share. Let’s see how many dogs, and cats, we can help and smiles we can give to Brenda. Let’s make a difference together,” concluded Roth.
Editor's note: The Bayfield Breeze will be publishing hiatus issues from now until Jan. 9. Thank you to all who met the earlier deadline so that these upcoming editions would be possible. The Bayfield Breeze will be back live on Wednesday, Jan. 16. Deadline for submissions for that issue will be Jan. 13 at 4 p.m.
SAVE our ICE
January 7 is a date that many local residents may wish to attend a meeting of Bluewater Council as both the Bayfield Facilities Initiative Team (BFIT) and the consultant charged with reviewing the future of the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre will be on the agenda to make presentations.
BFIT will be presenting its Business Plan for a Public-Private Partnership to Council that evening. Monteith and Brown will also present its final report to Council.
“It will be a big night for BFIT and the community,” said Sandy Scotchmer, of BFIT. “Of course, we may not get a resolution at this meeting, it may go to the next council meeting to allow more time for review by councilors.”
LIFE AT THE RINK
Hockey fans will be able to watch a couple of games early in the New Year.
The Relics have home ice advantage against the Stephen Township Oldtimers on Jan. 2 starting at 8:30 p.m. Please note there will not be a game on Jan. 9.
The Bayfield Relics are an Oldtimers Hockey Team that was founded in 1987. Their home ice is the Bayfield Arena. The Relics play their season schedule versus teams from Huron and Middlesex Counties.
In additon, Bayfield 50+ will host Exeter 50+ on Thursday, Jan. 3 starting at 8 p.m.
Recently people have been inquiring of the Bayfield Breeze a status report on the construction of the Tim Horton’s Restaurant, Convenience Store and Gas Station currently under construction on the southern edge of the village.
The Breeze Editor contacted Bayfield Ward Councilor Bill Whetstone who in turn asked for an update from Bluewater’s Chief Building Official.
The following information was gleaned from these inquiries: it would appear that an expected completion date for the project is now April 2019.
As of late December it appeared that the project had been rather slow to progress but indeed work was being done. The site was being dewatered so that fuel and grey water tanks could be installed with the underground servicing. It is believed that framing should commence after the holiday season is over.
IN MEMORIAM BRICKS
The engraved pavers in Clan Gregor Square are a reminder of how great area residents and visitors are when it comes to supporting such projects as the Playground and the Splash Pad. People often ask if they can add an engraved brick to the path. Members of the Bayfield Optimist Club have learned that this may indeed be possible in the Spring of 2019.
They may have the opportunity to add some “In Memoriam” stones for loved ones with the work being done on site in the spring using the same three brick sizes that are already installed around the Splash Pad. The cost of these engraved bricks will vary depending on the size, printing and quantity of bricks to be engraved at that time.
Anyone with an interest in adding a brick can contact Mike Dixon via email at email@example.com or by calling 519 955-5254 for further information.
EMPTIES FOR ALZHEIMERS
Dianne Brandon, Carrie and Ava Sabourin would like to remind everyone preparing for holiday gatherings that their tradition of collecting empties for Alzheimer's Disease is continuing this year.
The trio will be participating in the Huron County 2018 Walk for Memories in May of 2019 and are now collecting donations for the cause.
It is, of course, hoped that everyone will celebrate responsibly this festive season and when doing so plan to donate the empty beer bottles and cans; wine and liquor bottles to their team, “For the Love of Elane and Doris”. After living with Alzheimer’s, Elane Brandon, Sabourin’s grandmother died in April 2015 while Doris Schilbe, Dianne’s mother died in August of 2014.
Empties may be dropped off at Brandon's Hardware in Bayfield, or picked up anytime, just call Brandon’s Hardware at 519 525-8884. Empties may also be dropped off at Bayfield Convenience in their names
One of the most anticipated events of the New Year is the annual Winter Walk hosted by the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA). This year the walk held on the Varna Nature Trails is set for Jan. 12.
The Winter Walk that starts at 11 a.m. provides occasion to breathe fresh air, explore a local trail, meet community members and get moving into 2019. The Winter Walk is hosted at the Varna Complex 1 KM West of Varna. Guided hikes are led between 11 a.m. and noon along the Mavis Trail or Taylor Trail. Participants are asked to arrive by 10:45 a.m. for the 11 a.m. start and to dress appropriately with hiking boots, as the trails may be slippery.
Following the hikes, everyone is invited to warm up indoors with cider and a light lunch. This is also a great opportunity for people to renew their BRVTA membership! Everyone welcome.
The hike leaders will be: Dave MacLaren, 519 565-5480; Peter Jeffers, 519 933-4555 and Roger Lewington, 519 565-2202.
Mary Wood and George Rich
Tragically on Tuesday, Dec. 25th, George Edward Rich, 72, and his life partner of 50 years, Mary Margaret Wood, 69, of RR#2 Bayfield passed away in a car accident along with their beloved dog Buddy. They leave behind their only child Amanda Rich, of Clinton and her partner Gordon Ross, of Big Bay. George is survived by his siblings Warren and Evelyn Rich, of Belgrave; Ruth and Keith Brighton, of Kitchener; Darlene and Todd Millin, of Font Hill and Ken and Sheila Rich, of Fordwich. Mary is survived by her siblings Jack and Mirjam Wood. of Windsor; Bill and Lynn Wood, of Drayton; Pam Wood and Paul Riemens, of Harley; Paco Hernandez, of Toronto and Sandy Mayman, of Kenora. George and Mary were also loved by several nieces and nephews and many friends. George is predeceased by his parents Ed and Kay Rich. Mary is predeceased by her parents Bill and Marion Wood, sister Barbara Hernandez, brother Rick Wood and sister-in-law Sharon Wood. Cremation has taken place. Friends are invited to celebrate both of their lives on Friday, Jan. 4. Come and go between 2-6 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion, Clinton Branch No. 140 (95 Kirk St.) As expressions of sympathy please consider a memorial donation to the Pioneer Park Association, the ALS Society, or an animal rescue charity of your choice. Arrangements entrusted to Falconer Funeral Homes, Clinton. Condolences may be placed at www.falconerfuneralhomes.com