In 1989 when Mary* found the courage to speak to someone about being sexually assaulted, it was a hotline where someone asked for her name and number, and she had to wait 24 hours for them to return her call.
“It was scary enough to reach out, but not to really reach anyone made me hang up. It was not until three months later that I found the courage to finally leave my name. I called three times over the three months in hoping of actually just talking to someone,” she said.
Stephen Dickson, a retired Bell Canada executive, and his wife were on a waiting list for a family doctor when the Eastside Collaborative Care Centre opened in New Glasgow in 2010.
The collaborative practice was a joint partnership between the former Pictou County Health Authority (now Nova Scotia Health Authority) and the Nova Scotia Department of Health.
Vomiting, diarrhea, cramps, death – none of these things are welcome at a family barbecue or staff picnic.
But more than 500 Nova Scotians invite them each year through improper preparation, cooking and maintaining of food.
Recovering from a broken pelvis, Pam Kent, 85, knows she needs to regain her strength, endurance and mobility before she can go home. The Martins Brook woman is focused on that goal, which brings her to the recently expanded gymnasium at the Arthur H. Patterson Centre for Restorative Care (CRC) to begin one of two daily workouts.
Knowing your neighbours and being part of a community is an easy concept for Nova Scotians. Health professionals with Nova Scotia Health Authority in the Annapolis Valley are now taking that concept and applying it to delivery of care of patients living with life limiting illness.