Education and Professional Support

  
  

ABLE - Adult Basic Literacy Education

ABLE offers Adult Education on following topics: Reading, Writing, English as a Second Language, Math and Numeracy, Basic Computer Skills, Employment and Personal Growth.  

Medicine Hat: 403-504-3619

Medicine Hat Programs


Brooks: 403-362-1685

Brooks Programs

Addictions & Mental Health Outreach Services Medicine Hat

Addictions & Mental Health Outreach Services, located in the RCC Building at 631 Prospect Drive SW (behind the hospital). Offers programming, services and treatment to promote and encourage positive lifestyles and improved quality of life, though an inclusive, client centered, harm reduction approach. 


Community Support program:  Community based support for individuals living with a mental illness and/or addiction. The primary goal is to promote wellness, encourage and foster independence, build client capacity, and improve quality of life in the community by providing assistance consistent with clients' abilities, goals and available resources.  

Recreation Program: To offer support to individuals with a mental illness and/or addiction. The primary goal of the Recreation Program is to help individuals improve/maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle, increase social connections, and promote interactions while improving functioning and independence. 

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Group: Is a 16 week group program that focuses on providing tools for individuals living with a mental illness and/or addiction to improve their life. DBT Group runs twice a year, starting January and September. 

Depot Clinic: Provides administration of long acting injectable antipsychotic medication and monitoring in clinic for individuals living with a mental illness and/or addition. 

Seniors Addiction and Mental Health Therapy Program: Provides 1:1 therapy for individuals living with a mental illness and/or addiction. This program fosters engagement, enhanced motivation and improved health by providing community based recovery-oriented therapy for individuals 65+ 

The 10 Keys to Happiness Group: Is for individuals living with mental illness and/or addiction without active delusions, psychosis or mania, who are settled with no disruptive behavior and have the cognitive capacity to participate appropriately in a group setting. Participants are willing and able to attend the group for 1 hour once a week for 10 weeks and not be under the influence of substance during the group. The groups are held on Tuesday or Thursday afternoon and require an intake prior to attending. 


Call 403-502-8617 for more information. 

Fax: 403-502-8618

Please use the below referral form when referring or clients. Clients can walk in or phone to self refer. (No self referral for the Depot Clinic) 

Outreach Services Referral Form.pdf

AHS Cancer Guidelines

​The Guideline Resource Unit (GURU) coordinates the development of guidelines for cancer treatment and follow-up care in collaboration with the thirteen Provincial Tumour Teams (PTT) in Alberta.

AHS Collection Sites & Diagnostic Labs

Medicine Hat and Brooks Online Booking: https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/info/page15542.aspx

Medicine Hat – Main Lab

#2, 44 Carry Drive SE
Medicine Hat, AB, T1B 4E1
Phone: 403-502-8638

Toll Free: 1-866-232-4732

Monday – Friday 7:00am – 7:00pm

Saturdays 8:15am – 4:00pm 

 

Medicine Hat Hospital - Outpatient Lab

666 - 5th St SW
Medicine Hat, AB, T1A 4H6
Phone: 403-529-8830

Monday – Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm


Brooks Lab - Patient Collection Site 

500 Cassils Rd E
Brooks, AB T1R 1M6
Phone: 403-794-2500

Monday – Friday 7:30am – 5:00pm


Brooks Health Centre

440 3rd St E
Brooks, AB T1R 0G5
Phone: 403-501-3230

Monday – Friday 8:00am – 1:00pm


Bow Island Health Centre

938 Centre Street
Bow Island, AB T0K 0G0
Phone: 403-545-3209

Monday – Friday 8:00am – 3:15pm


Big Country Hospital 

312 3 St E
Oyen, AB T0J 2J0
Phone: 403-664-4311

Monday – Friday 8:00am – 4:00pm

Saturday 8:00am - 3:00pm


Alberta Brain Injury Initiative

The Alberta Brain Injury Initiative (ABII) supports adults with acquired brain injury to live, work, and participate in their communities. ABII is a network of agencies across the province that assist survivors and their families in accessing supports from various programs and community resources.

See our survival guide for a list of supports and resources available. Get a Survival Guide by phoning Toll Free 310-0000 then dial 780-415-2747, visit the website, or pick up at REDI.

The Brain Injury Initiative Survival Guide

Phone 403-528-2661

Fax 403-528-2647

Alberta Cancer Line

​Alberta Cancer Line (1-888-432-8865)

Avialable Monday - Friday from 8:15am - 4:30pm (excluding stat holidays)

A provincial toll-free phone number that supports physicians and other health professionals in the care of cancer patients. Assistance with accessing the right service, the right provider and current cancer information. 


Alberta Colorectal Cancer Screening Program

The Alberta Colorectal Cancer Screening Program is a provincial screening program that works to educate and increase the number of Albertans, aged 50 to 74, who have regular colorectal cancer screening using the Fecal Immunochemical Test. This is a home stool test (poop test) that finds blood in the stool. Screening is the best way to find colorectal cancer early.

Services include:
-working with healthcare providers to support Albertans aged 50 to 74 in getting colorectal cancer screening across the province.
-providing colorectal cancer screening information and education to eligible Albertans and healthcare providers.
-mailing Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) result letters (normal and abnormal results) to eligible men and women who have been screened.



Medicine Hat Regional Hospital Endoscopy Clinic:

Phone: 403-529-8816

Fax: 403-529-8015 

Colonoscopy Referral Form

Patient information website: http://screeningforlife.ca/colorectal-cancer-at-a-glance/


Alberta Healthy Living Program - Classes & Education

The Alberta Healthy Living Program (AHLP) is an integrated community-based chronic disease management program. Speak to your health professional or call AHLP for more information.  
 
Medicine Hat (Ph) 403-529-8969 (Fx) 403-528-5602 
Brooks (Ph) 403-793-6659 (Fx) 
403-501-3327
Toll Free 1-866-795-9709
 
Please send referral to AHLP or patient can self refer.

Alberta Healthy Living Referral Form

Please note time of classes vary slightly dependent on participant numbers and participation. Participants are welcome to bring a support person.

 
Better Choices Better Health® (2.5 hour for 6 weeks) 
Through problem solving and goal setting, participants will increase their confidence and learn new skills to better manage their health and enjoy improved quality of life. It is a peer led program that offers strategies to handle pain, fatigue, and stress as well as discovering better nutrition and exercise choices. Other topics include medication management, dealing with difficult emotions, communicating with health care teams and getting the support needed.
For more information and to register call 403-529-8969, or join online at  https://betterchoicesbetterhealth.ca/online/.


MEDICINE HAT CLASSES:

NEW - Better Choices Better Health® Chronic Pain Self-Management Workshop (2.5 hours for 6 weeks)
Learn to better manage daily pain challenges. Includes information about nutrition, communication, exercise, how to manage chronic pain symptoms, medication management, balancing activity and rest, and finding resources.

For more information on next session dates and to register, call 403-529-8969.



Manage Emotional Eating (2.5 hour for 3 weeks)
In these three classes, participants will learn more about emotional eating and what they can do to manage it. This small group session will use class discussion and materials to closely examine what influences food choices and eating behaviours. Participants will build skills and learn about tools to help you with your emotional eating, and reflect on their own emotional eating.
For more information and to register call 403-529-8969.


Next sessions:
Part 1 - March 11: 1:00 - 3:30pm
Part 2 - March 18: 1:00 - 3:30pm
Part 3 - March 25: 1:00 - 3:30pm



Energy Management (2 hours for 2 weeks)
In these two classes, participants will learn strategies to manage their energy/fatigue to complete what they want and need to do within the limits of their conditions. This class is for information sharing, discussion, and support for group members who are having difficulty completing daily activities due to a lack of energy.

Part One: will cover what fatigue is, causes of fatigue, strategies to cope with fatigue, and ways to better communicate to others about fatigue.

Part Two: will cover the 4Ps of energy conservation (Prioritizing, Planning, Pacing, and Positioning). It will include tools/equipment to make tasks easier, tips for modifying activities, and discussion on the challenges/perceptions around adapting daily activities.
For more information and to register call 403-529-8969.

Next sessions:
Part 1 - March 20: 1:00 - 3:00pm
Part 2 - March 27: 1:00 - 3:00pm


Getting Started-(Pre-requisite for the Weight Management series) (2 hours)
This group visit is an introductory session that will help you to look at your weight and how it may affect your health. We will show you tools you can use to start making small changes in your life. We will talk about ways to measure your success beyond a scale. After this session, if you feel you are ready, you can sign up for a 10 week weight management series.
For more information and to register call 403-529-8969.

Next sessions:
February 3: 9:00am - 12:00pm
February 18: 1:00 - 3:00pm
March 2: 9:00am - 12:00pm
March 17: 6:00 - 8:30pm


Weight Management- (Pre-requisite is Getting Started) (2.5 hours for 10 weeks) 
This program is offered as a series of group visits. In these visits we will give you tools for managing your health and weight for the rest of your life. You can use these tools to stat making small changes in your eating, activity, sleep, time, and stress patterns.

For more information on next session dates and to register, call 403-529-8969.


Healthy Eating to Reduce your Risk (3 hours)
This session will focus on healthy eating to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke, including how to lower blood pressure and improve cholesterol. Participants will learn how fats, sodium, fiber as well as choosing healthy food reduce risk and protect the heart. Participants will learn how to read food labels and make healthy choices at the grocery store. Participants will leave this session with the tools to improve food choices, protect their health and enjoy healthy eating. 
For more information and to register call 403-529-8969.

Next sessions:
February 10: 9:00am -12:00pm
March 9: 9:00am-12:00pm


Heart CHEC (2 hours)
This interactive Cardiac Health Education Class (CHEC) is for participants who have experienced recent problems and treatment for heart disease. This class is intended to answer questions surrounding the treatment and managing of heart disease including the cardiac rehabilitation process, identifying cardiac warning signs and symptoms, medication and blood pressure management.
For more information and to register call 403-529-8969.

Next sessions:
February 27: 9:00 - 11:00am
March 26: 9:00 - 11:00am


Living with Type 2 Diabetes (3 hours)
Participants choose the topic for discussion during this interactive group learning session. These tips and tools will help individuals develop the confidence they need to live well with diabetes. Some topics covered are medications, blood sugar testing, management of high and low blood sugars, caring for your feet, nutrition, and travelling with diabetes.
For more information and to register call 403-529-8969.

Next sessions:
March 25: 9:00am - 12:00pm


Managing Stress for Better Health and Wellness (2.5 hours for 2 weeks) 
In these two classes, participants will learn how stress is normal and important, how stress and health are linked, why it is important to manage stress in healthy ways, the importance of motivation, and strategies to control or turn down your stress response.
For more information and to register call 403-529-8969.

Next sessions:
Part 1 - February 12: 1:00 - 3:00pm
Part 2 - February 19: 1:00 - 3:00pm



Moving You Towards Healthier Sleep (2.5 hours / 1 hour follow up)
This group highlights the importance of sleep and how it impacts our health and life. It focuses on lifestyle changes that a participant can make in order to improve quality and quantity of sleep despite the negative influences of modern life. In this class participants will reflect on their current sleep status and identify challenges to their sleep. They will then gain better understanding of sleep, and learn and create a tool box of realistic strategies they’re trying and further discuss individuals’ concerns with their sleep.
For more information and to register call 403-529-8969.

Next sessions:
February 7: 1:00 - 3:00pm
February 21: 1:00 - 3:00pm


Be Stroke Smart (2 hours)
This class will help participants understand what a stroke is, the specific type of stroke they have had, and risk factor management to prevent further strokes. It also reviews the impact many experience when they have a stroke, and ideas for managing the changes in their home.
For more information and to register call 403-529-8969.

Next sessions:
February 4: 1:00 - 4:00pm
March 3: 1:00 - 4:00pm


Taking Care of You (3 hours)
This vascular risk reduction class is great knowledge for individuals with chronic disease, pre-diabetes, diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia, PVD, TIA, stroke, and for all who are interested in learning more about prevention and/or early detection of chronic disease. The class encourages people to become better self-managers. Our teaching is based on Canadian Guideline targets. Participants are educated on the significance of these targets, and encouraged to take action to prevent, identify and or slow the progress of an existing chronic disease. Action planning and goal setting are used to help the individual move forward in a healthy lifestyle.
For more information and to register call 403-529-8969.

Next sessions:
February 13: 9:00am - 12:00pm
March 12: 9:00am - 12:00pm
March 23: 9:00am - 12:00pm


Explaining Pain (2.5 hours)
Do you struggle with Chronic or Long Term Pain? This class provides education and knowledge that will assist you to overcome pain and return to life.
The class focuses on:
How the nervous systems works and can impact pain. 
How your brain perceives things and how to change the perception of pain.  
Is it possible to change the nervous system?
Introduce tools & realistic expectations to help manage pain
Provide additional resources to manage pain. 

Next sessions:
February 6: 1:00 - 3:30pm
February 20: 1:00 - 3:30pm
March 16: 1:00 - 3:30pm



BROOKS CLASSES

Heart CHEC (2 hours)
This interactive Cardiac Health Education Class (CHEC) is for participants who have experienced recent problems and treatment for heart disease. This class is intended to answer questions surrounding the treatment and managing of heart disease including the cardiac rehabilitation process, identifying cardiac warning signs and symptoms, medication and blood pressure management.
For more information and to register call 403-793-6659




Taking Care of You (3 hours)
This vascular risk reduction class is great knowledge for individuals with chronic disease, pre-diabetes, diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia, PVD, TIA, stroke, and for all who are interested in learning more about prevention and/or early detection of chronic disease. The class encourages people to become better self-managers. Our teaching is based on Canadian Guideline targets. Participants are educated on the significance of these targets, and encouraged to take action to prevent, identify and or slow the progress of an existing chronic disease. Action planning and goal setting are used to help the individual move forward in a healthy lifestyle.
For more information and to register call 403-793-6659



Getting Started-(Pre-requisite for the Weight Management series) (2 hours)
This group visit is an introductory session that will help you to look at your weight and how it may affect your health. We will show you tools you can use to start making small changes in your life. We will talk about ways to measure your success beyond a scale. After this session, if you feel you are ready, you can sign up for a 10 week weight management series.
For more information and if you are interested in attending please call 403-793-6659.


Weight Management- (Pre-requisite is Getting Started) (2.5 hours for 10 weeks) 
This program is offered as a series of group visits. In these visits we will give you tools for managing your health and weight for the rest of your life. You can use these tools to stat making small changes in your eating, activity, sleep, time, and stress patterns.
For more information and if you are interested in attending please call 403-793-6659.



Supervised Community Exercise Program
Mondays & Wednesdays 8:30am, 9:30am, or 10:30am at the JBS Canada Centre
For more information and to register call 403-793-6659

Self-directed Home Exercise Program
Meet monthly for 3 months with Exercise Physiologist on individual basis, at the Brooks Health Centre
For more information and to register call 403-793-6659

**Please note that it is strongly recommended patients take the 'supervised exercise' route if at all possible, as high self-motivation is needed to succeed with the 'home program.'**

Alberta Healthy Living Program - Diabetes Clinic

​Diabetes Education and Treatment
Medicine Hat (Ph) 403-529-8969 (Fx) 403-528-5602
Brooks (Ph) 403-793-6659 (Fx) 403-501-3327

Toll Free 1-866-795-9709

Please send referral to AHLP or patient can self refer

Alberta Healthy Living Referral Form

Alberta Healthy Living Program - Exercise Program

Both Medicine Hat & Brooks locations offer an exercise program for clients with chronic illness. Client may self refer or be referred by a physician or PCN nurse. The Medicine Hat program is 10 weeks and the Brooks program is 12 weeks. 

Includes fall prevention, balance and flexibility exercises. Please note if referral is for fall prevention. 

**Client can only take program once unless medical status changes or they have another event.

 

Medicine Hat 403-529-8969

Brooks 403-793-6659

Alberta Healthy Living Referral Form

Alberta Healthy Living Program - Heart Function Clinic

​The Alberta Healthy Living Program (AHLP) is an integrated community-based chronic disease management program.


Medicine Hat (Ph) 403-529-8969 (Fx) 403-528-5602
Brooks (Ph) 403-793-6659 (Fx) 403-501-3327

Toll Free 1-866-795-9709


Physician referral required. Please fax the following diagnostics with referral: Chest X-Ray, Echocardiogram, Recent ECG (1 month) & Labs (CBC, Lytes, Creatinine, Mg, Ca, Uric Acid, Lipid Profile, Liver Function Test).


Alberta Healthy Living Referral Form

Alberta Quits

Whether you're considering quitting smoking, or have made the decision to quit, the help you're looking for is right here! The program connects your patient, who is willing to quit, with a Cessation Counsellor at the AlbertaQuits Helpline.

Phone: 1-866-710-7848

1. Download the Fax Referral Form and have it signed by your patient indicating the best time to be called at home.

2. Fax the form to AlbertaQuits Helpline at 1-866-979-3553 for direct follow-up with your patient.

Alberta Quits Referral Form


QuitCore - Tobacco Reduction Free Support Groups run at Community Health Services (2948 Dunmore Rd SE - Medicine Hat). For more information or to register call 1-866-710-7848.

Alberta Referral Directory

The Alberta Referral Directory (ARD) is Alberta Health Services’ designated system of record for referral information. The ARD eases the complexities of the referral process by eliminating the need to search, update and publish documents in multiple places throughout the province.

The directory is comprised of service and consultant demographics, referral guidelines, referral forms and detailed instructions to facilitate referral acceptance without delay.


Need help using the Alberta Referral Directory? Call 1-855-889-8899

For more information about the Alberta Referral Directory, please visit https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/info/page14282.aspx

To access the Alberta Referral Directory, please visit albertareferraldirectory.ca 

Alzheimer Society

​Caring for a person living with Alzheimer’s or a related disease is a commendable and busy undertaking. Support groups provide an informal setting where you can: rejuvenate, learn new information, and share with others experiencing similar situations.

The Alzheimer Society has a new program called First Link a referral program designed to help newly diagnosed people with dementia get the help they need as soon as possible. See their website for more information. Referral form is below; fax or email referral forms. 

First Link Referral Form

Medicine Hat phone 403-528-2700

Toll-free Fax: 1-877-788-5993

Email: firstlink@alzheimer.ab.ca


Care Partners Support Groups (for family and friends of those living with dementia)

- Alzheimer Society Office in the Medical Arts Building - 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month from 1:00-3:00pm

-Veiner Centre - 1st Thursday of each month at 10:00am


AMA - Mature Driver Course

Our refresher course for senior drivers helps experienced drivers stay safe on the road for as long as possible. This in-class course encourages group discussion about the changes and new technologies in driving, and how age can impact driving skills.

Medicine Hat:  403-527-6271 or 1-833-374-8733

Asthma Society of Canada

​The goal of the society is to provide you with the latest knowledge. After all, the more you know about asthma, the better you can control it.

Phone: 1-866-787-4050

Being Human Services

At Being Human Services, we can assist you to find the services, information and support that you need to help yourself or someone that you care about find employment or corporate training.

Through training, coaching, supporting, and through connecting employers to employees, we help people ''be better and do better''. Let us help you to succeed

Phone: 403-580-3338

Brain Injury Relearning Services (BIRS)

BIRS supports people who have an acquired brain injury which could include any non-progressive brain injury caused by a stroke, a concussion, or a severe traumatic brain injury from a fall, an assault, or a motor vehicle collision.

BIRS works in conjunction with the person's Doctors, Home Care or Stroke team and all other service providers who are involved in the persons recovery to develop a plan that is based on the Survivor's goals and desires.

Types of service provided:
-The Cognitive Program
-Outreach Services
-Injury Prevention

There is no cost to participants. 

Eligibility for service is a medically diagnosed brain injury. The severity of the persons brain injury does not determine eligibility. Services are available for people who have a mild concussion to a severe traumatic brain injury. Referrals can be received from a variety of sources including, self referrals, medical and non-medical facilities, and community members. Referrals can be done at the BIRS office or by calling 403-528-2661. Referrals can also be faxed to 403-528-2647.

Phone: 403-528-2661
Fax: 403-528-2647




Bridges Family Programs

A variety of programs and services for families living in Medicine Hat, Bow Island, Brooks, Oyen and surrounding areas.

These programs include:

Best Babies - Home visitation services for pregnant moms and moms with infants up to 9 months

Building Blocks - Home visitation services for families who have children 0 - 6 years old

Bridges - Services to individuals who are expecting a child or have children under the age of 18 years

FASD Assessment & Support Services (FASS) - Consultations for families who have children under the age of 18 and who have or are suspected of having FASD

First Steps - Home visitation services to moms who are pregnant or who have a baby under 6 months and have used alcohol or other substances during pregnancy


Grandparent Group: Bridges Family Programs & Miywasin Friendship Centre have partnered to offer a free group to support grandparents who are caring for their grandchildren. Topics include: positive parenting, sensory issues, child development / disabilities, grandparenting through separation and more. Snacks will be provided. 

Next sessions: Wednesdays, February 26 to April 15, 2020 from 10:00-11:30am at 523 - 3rd St SE. Please call 403-526-7473 to register by Tuesday, February 25th.

 

Medicine Hat: 403-526-7473 (All Programs)

Brooks: 403-501-3862 (Best Babies, Building Blocks)

Bow Island: 403-545-6911  (Best Babies, Building Blocks)

Oyen: 403-526-7473 (Best Babies, Building Blocks)

Brooks Health Centre - Continuing Care Services

Offers 24/7 care for people who have long-term health concerns. Also provides day programs for people living in the community.

Provides care for people with long-term health concerns. In addition to 24 / 7 residential nursing care, this service offers:
-physical, occupational, or recreational therapy
-pharmacy, podiatry, social work, or pastoral counselling services

Also offers services for clients who live in the community, including:
-respite
-day programs


Call 403-501-3200

Fax 403-501-3223

Caleo Health (Calgary)

Caleo Health provides a variety of multidisciplinary; health, pain, wellness, rehabilitation, and musculoskeletal services within a  patient centred environment.  We strive to provide quality, expert, and innovative care while holding all our providers to the highest of standards.

See website for more details.

Click Here to Access Referral Forms


Phone: 403.452.0999

Fax: 403.452.0995

Calgary COPD & Asthma Program

The Calgary COPD and Asthma Program is an Alberta Health Services program.  We are a team of certified respiratory educators and respirologists.  We strive to be a leading centre in Canada working with patients and other health care professionals in treating asthma, COPD, tobacco reduction and chronic cough.  


Family physicians, Emergency Department staff or other health care professionals can complete our referral to our program.  A health care professional referral typically includes breathing tests, education or further assessment by a lung specialist (respirologist).





Phone: 403-944-8742 (Booking Office)

Fax: 403-476-7772

Canabo Medical Clinic (Calgary)

​Canabo Medical Clinic (CMClinic) is at the forefront of patient care in the field of prescription cannabinoids and medical marijuana. Through the use of these therapies, CMClinic treats the needs of patients suffering from chronic pain and disabling illnesses. CMClinic is dedicated to helping patients find effective treatment for chronic and serious conditions through the use of prescription cannabinoids and medical marijuana, educating patients, physicians and the community and advancing research in the medical marijuana field.

 

Referrals to the Calgary location can be made by Family Doctors, Specialists or Nurse Practitioners.  

Western Canada Referral Form

Toll-free Phone: 1-888-282-7763

Fax: 1-844-320-9652

Canadian Cancer Society

​The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer.

Phone number: 1-888-939-3333

Canadian Lung Association

The Lung Association is the leading organization in Canada working to promote lung health and prevent and manage lung disease. We do this by funding vital research, pushing for improved treatments, smarter policies, or supporting patients in managing their health.

For answers to your questions about lung diseases, air quality, smoking, and other lung health matters, call us toll-free to speak to a certified respiratory educator: 1-866-717-2673

To connect with your local office, call toll-free: 1-888-566-LUNG (5864) 

Canadian Mental Health Association - Alberta Southeast Region

​Mental Health Education, Youth Support Worker, Sexual Assault Education, Suicide Prevention Program, Support Groups


 
Whisper of Wellness Peer Support Group (WOW)
A group for people living with mental health issues. This is an open group, which means you can join at any time and are not required to attend every meeting. WOW provides opportunities to learn more about coping with mental health issues while meeting people who have similar experiences.
Every Wednesday evening from 6:30-7:30pm at the CMHA office (204 1865 Dunmore Rd SE).For more information call 403-504-1811, ext 106.
Cost: FREE. 

Caregiver Connections Drop-in Support Group
This drop-in peer-to-peer family support group is for parents and/or caregivers of children or young adults experiencing a mental health concern or addiction. This program offers compassionate support from a peer, who has "been there" as well as a CMHA staff member. Specific information and resources will be shares which will assist you in your care-giving while maintaining your own mental health. 
Drop-in Group: Thursdays from 3-5pm at the Medicine Hat Public Library Legion room.
Closed Group: Dates TBA. Call 403-504-1811, ext 106 for more information
Cost: FREE


Hope & Healing After Suicide Support Group
Losing a loved one to suicide can often leave us feeling confused, angry and alone. This 9 week support group provides an opportunity to explore and share feelings with others who have also experienced a loss due to suicide.
For more information or to find out the next session dates, call  403-504-1811, ext 102 or bmellen@cmha-aser.ca
Next session: February 11 - March 31, 2020 (every Tuesday evening for 8 weeks from 6:30-8:30pm). 
Cost: $15.00 


Living Life To The Full
Want to know how to feel better right now? Sleep better, feel happier, have more energy, gain confidence, get out more, enjoy better relationships, help others - learn all that in 8 enjoyable 90 minute sessions. Visit www.llttf.ca to find out more. 
For more information call 403-504-1811, ext 106.
Next session: January 23 to March 12, 2020 from 6-8pm at the CMHA Office (204 1865 Dunmore Rd SE).
Cost: $60.00 (subsidies available)

Cancer and Work

​The Cancer and Work website was designed to address the unique needs of cancer survivors with returning, remaining, changing work or looking for work after a diagnosis of cancer. The website provides newly created information, resources, and interactive tools for cancer survivors, healthcare providers, employers, and highlights helpful information from across the globe.

Cancer Bridges

​This website assist Alberta cancer survivors with the information and resources they need to make the rest of their lives the best of their lives.

Cancer Patient Navigation

Support is provided by Registered Nurses who explain treatments, tests, and choices so cancer patients can prepare for visits and by improving the coordination of care.


This service supports clients and their families by:

-providing accurate information for patients so they can make informed decisions about their next steps
-helping patients prepare for tests and cancer treatments by explaining test results and treatment choices or by referring patients to other resources or services
-improving coordination of care by working with other healthcare providers
-helping patients prepare for medical visits by explaining ahead of time what to expect
-helping patients access financial resources and community supports


Cantara House

​Offers services for men, women or families in or exposed to abusive relationships; for others who are concerned about someone, and for anyone wanting a better understanding of abusive relationships.

Cantara Outreach Information

24 Hour Crisis Line 403-793-2232 (Walk-in appointments also available)

Admin 403-362-2766

Fax 403-793-8288


Child & Family Services

Supports families and communities enabling them to provide safe and nurturing environments for their children. We strive to break the cycles of family violence, abuse and poverty that prevent some children from becoming strong, healthy individuals.

 

Medicine Hat Regional Office 403-529-3753

Child Protection Medicine Hat 403-529-3657

Child Protection Brooks 403-362-1284

Child Abuse Hotline

Call 1-800-387-5437 (KIDS) to get help if you, or children you know, are being neglected, abused or sexually exploited. If you believe a child is at risk, you must report it. Help is available in multiple languages 24/7.

Chronic Kidney Disease Clinic - Southern Alberta Renal Program (Dr. Ahmad)

Referral through Dr. Ahmad to access Southern Alberta Renal Program:
Chronic Kidney Disease Clinic Ph 403-502-8615
Hemodialysis  Ph 403-529-8807

 

Referral required

Dr. Ahmad Referral form

Clinic phone:403-528-2911

Clinic fax: 403-526-5818

Community Corrections Office

​The Community Corrections and Release Program offers community based programs to adult and youth offenders with an office located in Medicine Hat.

 

Call 403-488-4547 for more information.

Community Health Services

​Community Health Centres provide a wide range of health services, which may include prenatal services, postpartum services, population health promotion and disease prevention, communicable disease services and school health services.

 

Some programs may be offered on a walk-in basis, but most services are provided by appointment. Please call for more information.


Medicine Hat 403-502-8200 

Bow Island 403-545-2296 

Brooks/Bassano 403-501-3300
Oyen 403-664-3651

Community Health Services - Prenatal & Postnatal Classes

Prenatal & postnatal classes are held at Medicine Hat Community Health Services (2948 Dunmore Road SE). For more information or to register, please call  403-502-8215.  Please have your Alberta Health Care Number available when you call.

PART 1:   Baby Building (Free, 2 classes)
Designed for the early part of pregnancy—the sooner, the better!
Topics covered:
-Prenatal Nutrition 
-Body Changes
-Medical Tests
-Lifestyle Choices
-Emotional changes
-Signs of Preterm Labour


PART 2:  Labour & Delivery ($40, 2 or 4 class series depending on due date and preferences)
Usually attended in the 3rd trimester. A hospital tour is included.
Topics covered are:
-Labour and Delivery
-Medical Interventions
-Recovery and Postpartum
-Newborn Care
-Infant feeding


PART 3:  Baby Steps ($40, 6 class series)
Attend after your baby is born (bring your baby to class).
Available topics:
-Adjusting to Parenthood
-Infant Sleep Patterns
-Common Illness
-Brain Development
-Infant Massage
-Caring for You and Your Baby
-Infant Safety
-Sex, Love, and Babies
-Baby Wearing
-Nutrition
-Childcare Options
-Growth and Development

If finances are a concern, please call  403-502-8215. You may qualify for free classes.



To book pre and postnatal classes online, or to find information about the Best Babies program, please visit:

Community Paramedic Response Team

Community paramedics are specifically trained to provide healthcare in communities and patient homes. Physicians, continuing care site staff and care teams can request in-home care from community paramedica for their patients.


Community paramedics can provide the following in-home treatments and assessments:
- Wound care, including putting in stitches
- Blood collection
- Medication, including intravenous administration
- Electrocardiograms (ECGs)
- Starting and managing intravenous sites
- Monitoring of oxygen levels, blood pressure, blood sugar, heart rate, etc.

In addition to in-home treatments and assessments, they:
- Can answer your questions about your care
- Have secure access to health records
- Have the necessary equipment and medication for treatments
- Adhere to hand hygiene and infection, prevention and control standards
- In emergencies, provide appropriate care and arrange an ambulance.


Call 1-855-491-5868 for more information. 

Community Paramedic Response Team Referral Form

COPD and Asthma Network of Alberta (CANA)

​Lead by a multidisciplinary Advisory, CANA's Task Forces embrace key COPD and Asthma issues for the benefit of all Albertans.

CANA's mission is to develop and implement a comprehensive, provincial strategy which promotes and supports excellence in the prevention, promotion, and management of COPD and Asthma in Alberta


1-888-203-CANA (2262)

CORE Association

​We provide day programs, residential, community and outreach services for children, youth and adults with developmental disabilities and their families. 

We envision the day when all people with developmental disabilities are personally fulfilled and valued as members of their community.

Located in Medicine Hat, call 403-527-3302

Crossroads Clinic - Brooks

Crossroads Clinic provides whole person health care that includes the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of our clients. All services are free, optional, and client-led.

Services include:
-Sexually transmitted infection (STI/STD) testing
-Free pregnancy tests
-Pregnancy options support
-Pap testing
-Sexual trauma support
-Post-abortion support
-Healthy relationship coaching
-Prenatal education classes
-Community education


Phone: 403-362-4600
Toll-Free: 1-855-362-4600
Office: 403-362-6665
Fax: 403-501-3969


Support Group: Embrace Hope - for families dealing with miscarriage, stillbirth & infant loss.

Anyone interested can call the clinic at 403-362-4600 or 362-6665 for support.

Diabetes Canada (Formerly Canadian Diabetes Association)

Leading the fight against diabetes by helping people with diabetes live healthy lives while working to find a cure. Community education, management, needle disposal & clothes line.


Calgary and District Branch: 403.266.0620 

Information and Support: 1.800.226.8464 or email info@diabetes.ca

Diagnostic Imaging Services (Alberta Health Services)

​Big Country Hospital (Oyen)

Phone: 403-664-4311

Fax: 403-664-4326

 

Bow Island Health Centre

Phone: 403-545-3209

Fax: 403-545-2281

 

Brooks Health Centre

Phone: 403-501-3218

Fax: 403-501-3365

 

Medicine Hat Regional Hospital

Phone: 403-529-8850

Fax: 403-519-8078


See website for further information.


A referral is needed to access this service.

A completed requisition for the test must be provided by a doctor or other authorized healthcare practitioner, please fax to the appropriate location.

 

Not all services are available at all locations. Call for more information. 

CT Request

General X-Ray Request

Image Guided Interventional Procedures Request

MRI Request

Nuclear Medicine Request

PET/CT Imaging Request

Ultrasound Request

Dietitian - Outpatient Nutrition Program (through Alberta Healthy Living Program)

Located in the River Heights Professional Building. Registered Dietitian provides one on one nutrition counseling for all ages.  Topics addressed may include allergies, pediatric growth, feeding infants and toddlers, picky eating, pediatric obesity, prenatal, celiac disease, Crohn's, vegetarian diets, eating disorders, low potassium, and general healthy eating.


The majority of teaching is one-to-one, however, group sessions may be available (e.g. heart health, weight management). Nutrition Counselling is provided by a registered Dietitian to clients referred by a physician. Located in the River Heights Professional Centre.

Phone: 403-528-5628

Fax: 403-528-5602

 

A referral is needed to access this service. Call for more information. 

Alberta Healthy Living Referral Form


Referrals for Eating Disorders:

Eating Disorder Nutrition Counseling Referral Form

1. Family Physician to fill out Eating Disorder Referral form 

2. Complete any relevant bloodwork and take orthostatic vital signs if appropriate

3. Fax referral form to appropriate location (listed on referral form)



Dr. Taylor - Dermatologist

​Dermatologist in Medicine Hat. 

Need doctor referral; call 403-529-0010.

DriveABLE

​Cognitive assessments for today's driver. DriveABLE was scientifically developed and validated through years of university research. It is the most accurate cognitive assessment of medically-at-risk drivers on the market. The DriveABLE Cognitive Assessment (DCAT), the DriveABLE On Road Evaluation (DORE) and ExceleRATE provide physicians, governments and fleet managers with the tools they need to better determine the safety of medically and cognitively impaired drivers


DriveABLE Referral Form Cognitive Assessment

Medicine Hat and area call 403-528-4860

Fax: 403-527-7414

Early Onset Dementia Alberta Foundation (EODAF)

A non-profit organization committed to building dementia awareness for those living with dementia under 65.

The Early Onset Dementia Alberta Foundation (EODAF) has a Dementia Smart Life Line for caregivers. A mentor with experience living with dementia is available to speak with you and help you navigate dementia related resources (Email REP@EODAF.COM or call 780-863-0730, long distance charges may apply).


For more information on services that may be of value please see their website or call 780-863-0730.

Fetal Alchol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Assessment & Diagnostic Clinics

Medicine Hat:

Children's Fetal Alcohol Services

Bridges Family Programs

477 3rd Street SE, Medicine Hat AB  T1A 0G8

Ph 403-526-7473

Adult - FASD Assessment and Support Services Brochure

Child - FASD Assessment and Support Services Brochure


Brooks:

SPEC Association for Children & Families

Community Cultural Centre

Suite 101, 327 - 3 Street West, Brooks, AB  T1R 0E7

Ph 403-362-5056

 

Lethbridge:

FASD Assessment & Diagnostic Clinic

Lethbridge Family Services (Adult & Children)

1107 - 2 Avenue A North, Lethbridge AB  T1H 0E6

Ph 403-320-9119

Friends of Medicare

Friends of Medicare is a non-profit organization incorporated under the Societies Act of Alberta as the Alberta Society of the Friends of Medicare (FOM).

FOM is a provincial coalition of individuals, service organizations, social justice groups, unions, associations, churches and other organizations whose goal is to raise public awareness on concerns related to Medicare in Alberta and Canada.


Objectives:

-To raise awareness of issues related to Medicare in Alberta and Canada.
-To collect and share information, and lobby governments to maintain a health care system that adheres to the spirit and the letter of the Canada Health Act.
-To promote the primary objective of Canadian health care policy; to protect, promote and restore the physical and mental well-being of the residents of Canada and to facilitate access to health services without financial or other barriers.
-To encourage governments to address the broad determinants of health.
-To encourage governments to expand and improve our public health care system.
-To oppose investor-owned, for-profit, two tiered or private health care.


Chapter Chair: Avril Torrence
Email: avriltorrence@gmail.com
Phone: 403-527-0609

Geriatric Assessment Team

​Located in Medicine Hat.

Clients age 65 and older with health problems related to getting older. Clients under the age of 65 are assessed on an individual basis. The team provides assessment, counseling, treatment and education to clients with complex health needs living in the community. When necessary, referrals may be made to other community agencies.


Referral must be made by Home Care or by a physician. 


Phone: 403-528-5609
Fax: 403-528-5647


Health Link

A telephone service, which provides free 24/7 nurse advice and general health information for Albertans.

Health Link provides a number of clinical services including tele-triage and health advice, navigation services and online content support for all Albertans by calling 811 or by using one of its companion web products, MyHealth.Alberta.ca or informAlberta.ca.


The specific services include:

-Symptom-based nurse triage and health information
-System navigation
-Dementia Advice Service (a dementia nurse can do an in-depth assessment, provide advice, and connect callers with resources and supports in their community)
-Catch-A-Break Osteoporosis screening
-AlbertaQuits Tobacco Helpline
-Addictions information and referral
-Central Access to specialized services
-Referrals to clinical services including Specialized Medication Advice and Dietitian Services



Healthy Eating Resources (AHS)

​These resources provide individuals, parents, families, child cares, schools and workplaces more guidance on healthy eating.

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, Nunavut and North West Territories

​Aims to build healthier hearts and minds across Canada by bringing life-saving knowledge to the communities we serve, through our local area offices and the healthcare providers we support with education and resources. 

Toll Free Phone 1-888-473-4636

HELP-AB (Helping to Ease Alberta's Pain)

We are a chronic pain patient advocacy, support and education group that is fighting for the better treatment of chronic pain while offering support for patients, families and doctors that are impacted by it. Join the discussion, tell us your story, and learn more about the issues facing chronic pain patients. 


For one-on-one support, advocacy, or more information, contact Sandie at 403-952-6319.


HIV Community Link

HIV Community Link provides confidential and empathetic support to people affected by HIV, hepatitis C, and people who use drugs in Medicine Hat and the surrounding areas. Our staff will receive you in a non-judgmental setting and help guide you to resources that will be of most use to you in your unique situation.

 

We offer a wide range of support and educational services for our clients and community:

-Medicine Hat Cares Centre located at 641 4th Street SE: a safe space to connect with services and our staff (available Monday to Friday from 12pm to 6pm)

-Safer injection and safer sex supplies

-Improved access to services for pregnant women (non-judgemental support and respect for all choices)

-Supportive counselling and case management available in person or on the phone

-Community resources: we provide connections to services such as addiction treatment, basic need, and employment support

-Training and workshops

 

Medicine Hat:

Phone: 403-527-5882 or toll free 1-877-440-2437

Medicine Hat Cares Centre is located at 641 4 Street SE

Needle Response Line: If you find a needle, call or text 403-866-4698. Hours of operation: Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm
Please give a detailed address and description. We will pick up needles and pipes along with any debris that may be present on both public and private property anywhere in Medicine Hat and Redcliff.


Well Program: Think you are pregnant? Call or text 403-866-4771 for improved access to services, non-jugmental support, and respect for all choices. All are welcome. 


Brooks:

Phone: 403-376-6020

Mobile Location


Inform Alberta

​Searchable database of local and provincial programs and services

Inspiration Pulmonary Health

Pulmonary Function Testing for asthma, COPD and other related pathologies.

When using our referral forms you can request a consultation with Dr. Dang or choose from the tests we provide which include methacholine challenge testing (to assess airway hyper-responsiveness), arterial blood gas testing, and respiratory muscle strength (used to assess patients with/for neuromuscular disease such as Lou-Gehrigs/ALS).

All testing also offers complimentary respiratory education, puffer/device teaching and a spacer used for MDI (metered-dose Inhalers) medications.


Locations in both Medicine Hat and Brooks. Call the main number listed below to access both locations. 

Phone: 403-878-2006
Fax: 1-855-775-8535


Inspiration Pulmonary Requisition

Insulin Pump Therapy

The Insulin Pump Therapy Program (IPTP) is designed to support Alberta residents living with type 1 or type 3c diabetes.

Albertans who meet the eligibility and clinical criteria will be able to receive coverage for the cost of an insulin pump and its supplies as well as other diabetes management supplies.

 

Medicine Hat – Alberta Healthy Living Program (Phone: 1-866-795-9709 or 403-529-8969)

Lethbridge – Alberta Healthy Living Program (Phone: 1-866-506-6654 or 403-388-6654)

Calgary - Richmond Road Diagnostic and Treatment Centre (Diabetes Centre) (Phone: 403-955-8146)

 

Steps to take if interested in an insulin pump (For Medicine Hat & Lethbridge):

Step 1: Complete the on-line "Insulin Pump Therapy Learning Module" available at: https://myhealth.alberta.ca/Learning/insulin-pump-therapy

Step 2: Once pre-pump information session is completed and you are interested in proceeding with insulin pump therapy phone to book an insulin pump consultation.

Step 3: Within the learning module is an "Introduction to Pump Therapy Questionnaire" bring completed questionnaire to your clinic appointment.

JustServe

JustServe.org is a website where the volunteer needs of organizations may be posted and volunteers may search for places to serve in the community, providing opportunities to help those in need and enhance the quality of life in the community.

JustServe is a service to help link community volunteer needs with volunteers and does not discriminate based on race, religion, gender, ethnicity, or sexual orientation in posting projects or in encouraging volunteers to serve according to our guidelines.


Kinesis Physical Medicine & EMG - Calgary

Kinesis is a specialty medical clinic in Calgary founded by a group of physiatrists.  Physiatrists are specialists in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation – nerve, muscle and bone experts who treat illnesses that affect how one moves.

Our physicians endeavor to clearly define the nature and cause of a patient’s diagnosis. This knowledge allows us to develop a comprehensive management plan, tailored to each patient’s individual needs, goals and lifestyle.

At Kinesis we want to inspire movement that is free from the limitations of injury or disease. We believe that this is essential for achieving our core purpose: to restore function and quality of life in the patients we serve.

What we do:

  • General Physiatry
  • EMG and Nerve Conduction Studies
  • Acute Injury Clinic
  • Adult Sports Injury Clinics
  • Pediatric Sports Injury Clinics
  • Ultrasound-Guided Injection Clinic
  • Arthritis Clinic

Phone: 403-251-1165
Fax: 403-255-5451

Legal Aid Alberta

Legal Aid Alberta assists Albertans facing legal issues by helping them navigate their journey through the justice system and find lasting resolution to their legal challenges. We provide eligible Albertans support and services in areas including:


-Family Law & Child Welfare
-Emergency Protection Orders & Domestic Violence
-Adult Criminal Law
-Youth Criminal Law
-Immigration and Refugee Law
-Civil Law
-Service to the Siksika Nation
-Duty Counsel (Legal Assistance at Court)

 
Phone 1-866-845-3425

Lethbridge Sleep Clinic (AHS)

Full Level 1 testing facility providing sleep screening, initial consults, diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of patients with Sleep Disordered Breathing (Sleep Apnea).

Services include:

  • consultations with physicians
  • level 3 testing in patient's home
  • follow up after sleep testing and Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) education
  • level 1 Sleep studies


Phone: 403-388-6034

Referral from a physician or a dentist is required. Contact the office for referral form.

Lifetalk Counseling Services - Brooks

Christian Based Counseling

Their counselors counsel people dealing with abuse, alcohol, drugs and sexual addictions, anger, anxiety, childhood adjustments, depression, domestic violence, grief, family, immigration adjustments, marriage, parenting, performance, pre-marital, relationships, self-esteem, stress,  trauma, and unresolved past issues, and more.

Phone: 403-362-2210


Services are available for adults, as well as children ages 5 and up. Children's services often involve a combination of sessions with both the family and child.

 

Group Seminars available through Misspelled WordLifetalk

“Anger and Its Many Faces” - a five week seminar offering a thorough and practical look at anger and its generators. Learn how to deal with frustration, hurt and fear before they are expressed as anger. Cost $20/person (subsidy available). Facilitated by Roxanne Hansen. Next session will run on Tuesday evenings, January 14 to February 11, 2020. Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion, plus one (optional) “post-seminar” counselling session. It will be held in room 209 of the Brooks Community Cultural Centre where the Misspelled WordLifetalk office is located (327 3rd St W, Brooks). Those who are interested can call 403-362-2210 to register and for further information. 


"Understanding Grief and Loss" Explore the grief process to facilitate understanding of,  and healing for those who are struggling with loss, change or separation from loved ones. $20/person, $40/couple. Facilitated by Roxanne Hansen. Those who are interested can call 403-362-2210 for information (sessions will be booked dependent on interest).

Lung Association of Alberta and North West Territories

Find information and resources about a variety of lung diseases.

Toll Free Phone: 1-888-566-LUNG (5864)

Information helpline: 1-866-717-2673 


Man Van

Canada’s first and only mobile men’s health clinic, offering free PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) blood testing for men aged 40-80 throughout Calgary and rural southern Alberta. There is no appointment necessary.

For more information about the MAN VAN contact Ken Rabb at 403.943.8952.



Margery E. Yuill Cancer Centre

​Assessments and Examinations, Supportive Care, Pain Management, Prescription of Cancer-Related Medications, Education, Resource and Support Counseling, Referrals to Other Cancer Centers

Located in the ambulatory wing of the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital.

Phone: 403-529-8817

 

This service is not available to everyone. Call for more information.

McMan Youth, Family & Community Services

McMan provides a wide range of services for youth, families and adults across southern Alberta.

McMan Ages and Stages Information Postcard

McMan Family and Natural Supports Information Postcard

McMan Foster and Adoption Information Postcard

McMan Youth Hub Information Postcard


McMan Parent Link Centre

A resource for parents and caregivers to help strengthen parenting skills and ensure positive child development. Provides families with support and education to assist them in finding the information and services needed to help their children develop to their full potential and enter school ready to learn. Services Medicine Hat, Brooks, & surrounding rural areas.

Core services include:

-Parent education

-Early childhood development and care

-Family support

-Information and referrals

-Ages and stages developmental screening

For more information about programs call 1-888-878-5465, in Medicine Hat & area call 403-504-0833, or Brooks & area call 403-362-5056.

www.parentlinkcentre.com

McMan Parent Link Centre Postcard


Choices for Change

A program designed specifically for unemployed and marginally employed, or individuals who have barriers to gaining employment. The program provides intensive wrap around supports to establish employment routines and break cyclical homelessness and patterns of limited self-sufficiency. The goal is to work directly with clients along with local service agencies, medical and mental health services providers, government and legal services, and private sector employers. 

Contact the Program Supervisor at 403-527-1588 Ext 290


Inn Between

Inn Between provides care and support for up to 6 youth who require emergency housing and supports. The youth are between the ages of 12 - 17 and are in need of a short-term placement where they can achieve stabilization in a safe and consistent environment. While residing at the Inn Between, they are assisted with developing a case plan for learning life skills, continuing their education, increasing social skills, and accessing community resources. Supports are also available for family reunification or securing sustainable housing in the community. 

Call 403-529-6367

Medicine Hat Bariatric Specialty Clinic

​This clinic provides medical, psychological, and surgical interventions for weight management and improving health. Support is provided to individuals with obesity who require complex medical management and/or surgical intervention.

 

Prior to referral or while waiting for an appointment, patients can self refer to attend group sessions for weight management and improving health with the Alberta Healthy Living Program (AHLP) Weight Management Series.

Phone 403-528-8152

Fax 403-529-8921

 

A doctor referral is needed. Please fax.

 

Medicine Hat Bariatric Specialty Clinic Adult 17+

Medicine Hat Family Service

​Medicine Hat Family Service is a private not-for-profit organization working to preserve and strengthen families in times of crisis, change and growth. We provide counselling, support and education to families, couples, individuals and young people in need. All services are offered by professional and experienced staff in a safe, caring and confidential environment.


Counselling services include marriage, grief and loss, emotional, self-regulation, men’s and women’s issues, family transition counselling, communication, parent/child issues, stress related issues, family violence counselling, employee assistance programs. Family Life Education courses are also available. Please click here to learn more about Family Life Education courses.

Fees for sessions are based on a board/funded approved sliding fee scale. The minimum charge for a session is $20.


Phone: 403-504-8026

Fax: 403-504-0351

Medicine Hat John Howard Society

The John Howard Society:
-works with people who have come into conflict with the law
-reviews, evaluates and advocates for changes in the criminal justice process
-engages in public education on matters relating to criminal law and its application
-promotes crime prevention through community and social development activities


Phone 403-526-5916

Medicine Hat Legal Help Centre

The Community Legal Clinic – Medicine Hat provides free legal information and advice to low to moderate income people who have a legal issue but do not qualify for Legal Aid.

Call for help with any of these legal issues:

-Family law, including separation and divorce, child custody, child support, and more
-Employment issues
-Debt and foreclosure
-Immigration issues
-Landlord and tenant disputes
-Civil matters

*Please note, we do not provide representation in court. Please refer to our many Programs and Services or contact our office at 403-712-1021 for more information.

Medicine Hat Recovery Centre

​Offers a Detoxification Stabilization and Intensive Addiction Treatment Service.

 

Admission into the Recovery Centre in-patient programs begins with a confidential telephone call available 24 hours a day. All program admissions are voluntary based on the informed consent of the individual. Fees do apply for room & board in the Intensive Addiction Treatment Program. There is no cost for the Detoxification Stabilization Program.

Phone: 403-529-9021

Fax: 403-529-9065

Addiction Services - (AHS): 403-529-3582 (ext 1 for youth, ext 2 for adult)

Medicine Hat Women's Shelter Society

If you or someone you know is impacted by family violence and in need of support, contact the Medicine Hat Women's Shelter Society.

Our 24/7 help line is 403-529-1091 or toll free at 1-800-661-7949 to available provide crisis support, safety planning, and information. Intake into programming and more information is also available by calling our administrative line at 403-527-8223.


Phoenix Safe House Emergency Shelter takes in both women and men, with or without children, fleeing from abuse. Both women and men can also do drop-in appointments with crisis workers.


Musasa Second Stage Housing is a long-term (up to one year) safe accommodation for individuals and families that provides one-to-one and group supports, and connection to community supports/resources.


Outreach Services provides one-to-one and group supports for women, men, youth and children who have experienced or are experiencing violence in their homes. Outreach Services are located at #5 1036 – 7th ST. SW (The Ridge).  

Outreach support groups include:
- Seeds to Success Group:  A 6 week group to introduce individuals to group support and the value of groups.  Work will include information on family violence, introduction to groups and safety planning. 
- Journey to Hope and Healing Group:  A 9 week group for individuals who have experienced family violence and working towards healing themselves after abuse.  Topics include; information on family violence, guilt, shame and blame, safety planning, healthy relationships and boundaries.  Individuals are also offered one to one support during this process.

For more information about Outreach groups and services, call 403-527-8223 and asking to speak to the Outreach Program Manager.



Child & Youth Support: is available for children and youth who have experienced and/or witnessed family violence. Support and education are offered to youth, children and their parent(s) through groups, one-to-one or family sessions. 

Support groups include:
- Children’s Support Group:  This group runs weekly from September to June and is open to children ages 6 – 12 who have experienced family violence.  Subject material is based on education about family violence, safety planning, boundaries and coping skills.  The subjects are presented through child-oriented discussions, activities, games and crafts. This is an open group, so children can begin at any time in the year as long as there is space in the group.
- Growing Together:  This group is offered to parents and children. Parents go to an adult group and the children go to a children’s group.  Subject material is the same, but presented appropriate to their age.  During the last 15 minutes of the group, parent and child come together for an attachment
exercise.
- Youth Group: This group runs every other week from September to June and is open to youth 13 years and up who have experienced family violence.  Subject material is based on education about family violence, safety planning, boundaries and coping skills.  The subjects are presented through discussions, activities, games and crafts.  This is an open group, so youth can begin at any time in the year as long as there is space in the group.

For more information about these groups, and other Child & Youth programming, contact the Children’s Program Manager at 403-527-8223.

Mennonite Central Committee - Services for Newcomers (Taber)

Services for Newcomers (previously known as Low German Mennonite Services) has been in operation in Southern Alberta for over a decade working with Low German Mennonites. The office in Taber assists with settlement in Alberta, employment, education, and mental health. More recently the program has expanded to work with newcomers of all types in the Taber area

Phone: 403-223-4144

Mental Health Outreach Depot Clinic

The Mental Health Outreach Depot Clinic provides long acting medication administration via injection and medication and mental health monitoring for clients with a mental illness.

Assists clients with mental illness to improve and or maintain their well being through consistent administration of long acting medications via injection. Staff members:

-assess the individual’s mental health
-monitor effect and side effects of medication
-monitor compliance
-collaborate with the client and their psychiatrist/ physician and
provide education

The community support team assists by transporting clients who would have difficulty getting to the clinic.

Phone: 403-529-8030, 403-502-8617

Miywasin Friendship Centre

​The Miywasin Society of Aboriginal Services is a non-profit Aboriginal organization that targets the needs of the Aboriginal community in the Medicine Hat area, and develops and maintains services to meet those needs.


Miywasin offers a variety of programs to the community at large, including Elder's and youth programming, Aboriginal cultural activities and events, transitional housing and counselling support.


Phone: 403.526.0756


Grandparent Group: Bridges Family Programs & Miywasin Friendship Centre have partnered to offer a free group to support grandparents who are caring for their grandchildren. Topics include: positive parenting, sensory issues, child development / disabilities, grandparenting through separation and more. Snacks will be provided. 

Next sessions: Wednesdays, February 26 to April 15, 2020 from 10:00-11:30am at 523 - 3rd St SE. Please call 403-526-7473 to register by Tuesday, February 25th.

MS Society - Southeastern Alberta Chapter

The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada provides information, support, educational events and other resources for people with MS and their families. Researchers funded by the MS Society are working to develop new and more effective treatments, and to find the cure for MS. 

Call 403-529-6797 for more information.


MS Knowledge Network - call 1.844.859.6789 


Support Groups for People with MS, Families, Friends, and Caregivers:


Medicine Hat Second Tuesday Lunch Group: 12:30 - 2 pm at the MS Office (101, 1201 Kingsway Avenue SE)
The second Tuesday of the month
Please call 403-529-6797 to register.
Bring your lunch, beverages are provided.

Medicine Hat Third Thursday Supper Group: 6:30 pm at Whiskey Creek (937 13 St SW)
Third Thursday of the month
Please call 403-529-6797 to register.
Pay for your own meals/refreshments and share in lively conversation.

Brooks Group:
Third Thursday Lunch Meetings: 11:30 am - 1:00pm at the Hayes Room in City Hall (201 1 Ave W, Brooks)
Please call 403-529-6797 to confirm attendance.
Bring lunch, beverages are provided.

MyHealthAlberta Website

Built by the Alberta Gove​rnment and Alberta Health Services to give Albertans one place to go for health information they can trust. Healthcare experts across the province make sure the information is correct, up to date, and written for people who live in Alberta.

MyHealth.Alberta.ca is home to valuable, easy-to-understand health information and tools made for Albertans, including information about:
-health conditions
-healthy living
-medications
-tests and treatments

There are also:
-educational videos
-symptom checkers
-emergency phone numbers
-a healthcare locator (e.g., a family doctor near you)


If you’re having a medical emergency, call 911 right away.




Natural Health Services

​Medical Cannabis - no referral required - patient can book appointments online

Call 1-844-262-0942

Next Step Residential

At Next Step, we provide a full line of services to assist people with disabilities. Residential programs, community access program, employment support, support and respite contracted homes, and paid companionship options are available to adults in Medicine Hat and Brooks.

Support for children includes Stepping Stones Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) through FSCD (Family Services for Children with Disabilities), and through CFSA (Children and Family Services Act) behavioural and developmental support, respite services, community support, and consultative services.


Medicine Hat:

Call 403-527-4999

Fax 403-529-5970


Brooks:

Call 403-501-5199

Fax 403-362-6970

North West Cardio Diagnostics

​Medicine Hat's ultrasound labs specializing in echocardiography, carotid ultrasound and research studies. 

NWCD provides accurate professional reports to the referring physician by the next business day while providing the patient with a pain free experience. 

North West Cardio-Diagnostics is committed to accommodating urgent cases on a day to day basis, responding to the patient’s needs and the referring physician’s request.

North West Cardio Diagnostics Requisition


If you are a physician or a staff member - patients can be booked online (need pracID)

https://www.nwcd-calgary.com/SiteLogin/AppointmentLogin.php

or referrals can be faxed in.


Call 403-528-5646

Fax 403-528-5649

Nurture Pregnancy Centre

All services are free and confidential.  They invite caregivers facing an unplanned or challenging pregnancy and provide support until the child is two years of age. Peer counsellors are here to let you know that you are not alone, to listen and support you. All are welcome to the Nurture Pregnancy Centre’s caring and stable environment.

Services provided include:

-Pregnancy Tests

-Peer Counselling

-Maternity Clothing

-Infant and Toddler Clothing, Toys, and Furniture

-Formula and Diapers

-Infant Layettes

-Educational Classes

-Resource Library


Phone: 403-504-8560

Nutrition Counselling (Dietitian) - Brooks

​Outpatient Nutrition Counselling through Alberta Healthy Living Program

Work with a Registered Dietitian to improve eating habits and address nutritional needs.Located in the Brooks Health Centre

Call 403-793-6659

 

Referral is required for this service. Call for more information.

Nutrition Guidelines for Primary Care

​The Nutrition Guidelines for Primary Care is a provincial resource that provides nurses, physicians, and health professionals in the primary care setting with consistent, evidence-based messaging relating to key nutrition topics.

To access free copies of the nutrition handouts go to AHS Nutrition Handouts

Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee

​Provides decision-making mechanisms for individuals who are unable to make personal, non-financial decisions for themselves. Through the Personal Directives Act, the Adult Guardianship and Trusteeship Act and the Mental Health Act. 


Call 403-529-3744

Toll Free 1-888-357-9339

opg-publications-order-form

 

When you register your personal directive with the Government of Alberta, approved health care professionals can contact the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee to find out if you have a personal directive, and how to contact your agent(s) if need be.

 

Register on line or via mail

Old Age Security

The Old Age Security (OAS) program is the Government of Canada's largest pension program. It is funded out of the general tax revenues of the Government of Canada. This means that you do not pay into it directly.

The OAS pension is a monthly payment available to seniors aged 65 and older who meet the Canadian legal status and residence requirements. You may need to apply to receive it.

 

If you did not receive a letter from Service Canada informing you that you were selected for automatic enrollment, you must apply in writing for the Old Age Security pension. Complete and mail the Application for the Old Age Security Pension. 

Call 1-800-277-9914


Application for Old Age Security Pension

Osteoporosis Canada

Osteoporosis Canada is the only national organization serving people who have, or are at risk for, osteoporosis. The organization works to educate, empower and support individuals and communities in the risk-reduction and treatment of osteoporosis.


Call 1-800-463-6842 for more information.

Pain Management Clinic - Medicine Hat

​Located in the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital

 

For physicians wanting to refer patients, please use the referral package mailed out to clinics. For a referral package please call the Pain Management Clinic at 403-528-8121.

Palliative Care

​Refers to both a program and a concept of care based on the provision of comfort. It is designed for individuals who are living with, or dying from, a progressive life threatening illness. The program enhances quality of life through pain and symptom control and provides emotional and spiritual support for both patients and families. Compassionate and specialized care is provided with specialized knowledge and skills.

Services are offered throughout the region. Medicine Hat Regional Hospital has an organized team approach with a Medical Director and designated Nurse Co-ordinators and an office Manager/Volunteer Co-ordinator.

Other centers in the region have nursing staff with designated palliative care responsibilities and/or volunteer co-ordinators. Outpatient services are offered through the existing home care programs.

 

Medicine Hat Palliative Care Nurse Consultant  (403) 529-8901 
St. Joseph's Home - Medicine Hat (403) 526-3818


Bow Island Health Center  (403) 545-2400 
Bow Island Home Care (403) 545-2296


Brooks Palliative Care Consultant (403) 501-3210
Brooks  Health Center  (403) 501-3262
Brooks  Volunteer Co-ordinator  (403) 501-3207
Brooks  Home Care (403) 362-7766


Bassano Palliative Care Consultant (403) 501-3210
Bassano  Health Center  (403) 641-6100 


Oyen Big Country Hospital  (403) 664-4300 

Oyen Home Care (403) 664-3651

Parkinson Association of Alberta - Medicine Hat

​Parkinson Alberta helps make every day better for Albertans affected by Parkinson disease. We provide support services, education, advocacy and funds for research.

Call the PD Helpline for support at  1-877-243-9992. Parkinson Association of Alberta's PD Helpline is a toll-free, confidential service for Albertans affected by Parkinson disease (PD) as well as their healthcare providers. 



Parkinson Alberta hosts the following support groups in the Medicine Hat area. Please call ahead if you are not a member of Parkinson Alberta (call 403-526-5521 for more information):

General Support Group - 4th Tuesday of the month 1:30-3:00PM at CrossRoads Church (1340 - 22 St SE, Medicine Hat)

2020 Parkinson Support Group Poster


Parkinson Association of Alberta is pleased to offer three Telephone Support Groups listed below; advanced registration is required.  For more information or to register, call toll-free 1-800-561-1911.

Care Partners: 3rd Wednesday of the month, 6:30PM - 7:30PM

Parkinson Disease (general): 3rd Thursday of the month, 10:00AM - 11:00AM

Parkinson's Plus Syndromes: 4th Thursday of the month, 10:00AM - 11:00AM

Patient Placement - Medicine Hat

​Reviews and approves applications, maintains wait lists, places into available government funded beds, coordinates discharges from Designated Living Option beds. Call 403-529-8084 for more information or fax 403-529-8027

Peak Pulmonary Function Laboratory - Medicine Hat

​Enhance the quality of life of those they serve through superior respiratory education and comprehensive lung function testing.

Provides a range of services, including respiratory, allergy, & sleep apnea testing/education.

Phone: 1-833-738-PEAK (7325)

Fax: 1-855-738-PEAK (7325)


Please note that a referral from a physician is required for Pulmonary Function Testing.

Click here to access referral forms for Medicine Hat

Persons With Developmental Disabilities

Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD) helps adults with developmental disabilities get services to live as independently as possible in their community.

A PDD worker will help with creating an Outcome Plan and Individual Support Plan, as well as regularly reviewing your needs and updating your plans as needed.


You may access one or more of these services based on your Individual Support Plan:

-home living supports that help you do daily activities like banking, caring for your home, making meals or laundry

-respite services to give your caregivers a break when you live with them fulltime

-community access supports that help you take part in activities so you can learn, develop, relax, have fun or be with others

-employment supports to learn new skills and find and keep a paid job

-short-term support or training to give your caregivers extra help when things are difficult

-specialized supports from experts to help if you have additional needs because of mental illness, behavioural issues, addictions and/or involvement with the law


For information about how to apply, please click here

Philips Lifeline Medical Alert System

​Philips Lifeline is an easy-to-use personal response service that lets you summon help any time of the day or night - even if you can't speak. All you have to do is press your Personal Help Button, worn on a wristband or pendant, and a trained Personal Response Associate will ensure you get help fast.


Philips Lifeline now offers GoSafe a medical alert system that gives you the freedom to go where you want when you want. For patients without a landline, all services are available with a wireless communicator.


The Philips Medication Dispensing Service helps you to avoid medication mistakes so you can live independently in the comfort of your own home with through using our 24-hour automated medication dispenser.


Call 1-866-784-1992 or visit the website for more information.

Protection for Persons in Care

The Protection for Persons in Care Act (PPC Act) requires the reporting of abuse, and promotes the prevention of abuse involving adult clients who receive publicly funded care or support services.

The PPC Act requires service providers to take reasonable steps to protect clients from abuse while providing care or support services.

To report abuse, complaints, concerns, or if you have questions, call 1-888-357-9339. 

Accommodation standards – For concerns or questions regarding accommodation standards, contact continuing care 1-888-357-9339.

Complaints about a guardian, trustee, co-decision maker or agent named in a personal directive: contact the Office of the Public Guardian

Call 403-529-3744

Toll free 1-888-357-9339

Rainbow Medical Centre

​Echocardiography

 

We request that any doctor/clinic complete requisition in full and fax to our clinic. We contact the patient directly to schedule the appointment to fit their schedule. Please indicate if the request is urgent on the referral form.

 

Office is located in Medicine Hat at 821B 5th Street SW. 

Phone 403-487-0970

fax 403-487-0969

Echo Req

REDI Enterprises

REDI exists to assist individuals attain respect, opportunity and responsibility. We value reciprocal respect, trust, integrity, support, honesty, empowerment, compassion and accountability.

Every day we develop and deliver meaningful programs, supports and advocacy. We contract with Alberta Human Services and Alberta Health Services and collaborate with other community based organizations, health professionals, mental health outreach, probation officers and the Medicine Hat Police, and community members, in a shared vision where people are healthy, safe and feel connected to the community in which they live.

Brain Injury Relearning Services:
BIRS supports people with acquired brain injury which means they help people who have experienced a stroke, a concussion, or a severe traumatic brain injury from a fall, an assault or a motor vehicle collision. They work in cooperation with the individual's doctor, physiotherapist, speech pathologist and other practitioners. BIRS is funded Alberta Health Services, Alberta Human Services and the United Way.


The REDI Office is located in Medicine Hat.

Call 403-526-5742

Fax 403-529-0462

Regional Outpatient and Community Respiratory Therapy Services

Provides diagnostic testing and education to clients with respiratory conditions and cardiac disease.

This service provides:

-lung function testing
-exercise cardiac stress
-smoking cessation counselling in association with lung function testing
-home oxygen assessments
-sleep apnea testing
-chronic disease management: asthma and COPD education

Healthcare providers should consult the Alberta Referral Directory for service referral information.

Medicine Hat & Brooks Phone: 403-529-8855

Respiratory Homecare Solutions

Respiratory Homecare Solutions is an Accredited Canada home care provider providing patient education, sleep apnea testing, CPAP treatment and home oxygen therapy.

 

Referral required.

Respiratory Homecare Solutions Referral Form

 

Medicine Hat

536A Rutherford St NW

Ph 403-526-0208

Fx 403-527-0271

 

Brooks - East

620 Cassils Road E

Ph 877-526-0208

Fx 403-527-0271

 

Brooks - West

220 4 St W

Ph 1-877-526-0208

Fx 403-527-0271

Richmond Diagnostic Treatment Centre

Located in Calgary, AB.


Grief Support Program - Provides support for people coping with the death of a loved one, including one-to-one and group counseling. 

Call 403-955-8011

Osteoporosis Services - Provides care for people with osteoporosis and other bone disorders. Offers care for people with osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease, as well as education for clients, the community, and healthcare providers. Bone health classes are held monthly. The classes are free and open to anyone. Target audience is for osteoporosis information (not metabolic diseases). 
Call 403-955-8134 


Chronic Pain Services - Provides support for family physicians and assistance to clients to manage chronic pain. Services include

-focus on goal attainment, self-management and functional improvement.
-pain education classes / groups.
-3 program specific streams: neuromusculoskeletal pain, pelvic pain in women, and headache

Call 403-943-9900


Calgary Adult Bariatric Specialty ClinicProvides surgical treatment options for adults with obesity.

This clinic provides assessment and support for patients undergoing bariatric surgery.The initial clinic assessment determines the patient’s specific barriers to managing their weight. The next steps involve developing an individualized care plan with the patient which may include:

-behaviour modification

-counseling for nutrition, physical activity, and mental health

-bariatric surgery

-coordinating care and transitioning the patient back to their family physician with recommendations from the clinic

Please note, it takes several appointments and considerable time to determine eligibility for bariatric surgery

Call 403-955-8088

 

Diabetes Insulin Pump ClinicsAssesses and supports people with diabetes who want to use an insulin pump.

Provides support for people of all ages with Type 1 diabetes who use an insulin pump. An insulin pump is a device a person wears instead of giving daily insulin injections. It is portable and can be programmed. It’s about the size of a pager and delivers fast-acting insulin through a small tube that is put under the skin. The site has to be changed every 2 to 3 days

Call 403-955-8118 or the booking line 403-955-8146.

 

Referral by fax for consultation. Lab work forwarded by referring physician.

Saamis Immigration Services Association

​Saamis Immigration Services include on-going programs and services assisting in resettlement and integration of newly arrived immigrants and refugees.


For language barrier services, clinics can arrange translation. Call Dasha at Saamis Immigration (403-504-1188 ext 108) with the location, date and time of the appointment requiring a translator 2 or 3 days before the appointment, if possible.

If an unexpected translator is required they may be able to arrange a volunteer via telephone. 


Phone: 403-504-1188

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army offers practical assistance for children and families, often tending to the basic necessities of life, provides shelter for homeless people and rehabilitation for people who have lost control of their lives to an addiction. They also provide social and community service programs, which focus on nurturing the capacities, skills and strengths of individuals rather than just meeting their needs

 

Medicine Hat:

Community Church – 164 Stratton Way SE

Phone: 403-527-2474


Oasis Community Church – 476 4 Street SE

Phone: 403-548-3247


Centre of Hope (shelter) – 737-8 Street SE

Phone 403-526-9699

Crisis shelter services on a first come, first served basis. Open from 7:30pm - 7:30am to people 18 years and older. A snack is provided (if the individual misses the hot meal program on 4 St), as well as breakfast in the morning. Supplies guests with a warm bed, laundry services, & hot showers. Provides crisis support and referrals to other agencies as required.


Daycare – 164 Stratton Way SE

Phone: 403-529-2003


Thrift Store – 457 3 Street SE

Phone: 403-526-6822


Community Resource Centre – 476 4 Ave SE (back alley entrance)

Phone: 403-548-3247

-Hot meal served from 5-6pm

-Family Services from 11am-3pm (monday - Thursday)

-Community Warmth: Utility assistance for those who have received a disconnection notice or have been disconnected

-Bridge & Loan: Through an application process this program offers an interest free loan for rent or damage deposit

-Spiritual Support: Provides bibles, devotional and inspirational material, spiritual support and Tehila Night spiritual group held every Sunday at 6:00pm

-Family Assistance: Provides various forms of assistance through clothing, housewares, furniture, vouchers. Also identification, prescription assistance and limited bus tickets

-Christmas Assistance: Assistance with food & gifts, and resource information

-Assistance with Pine Lake Camp for children 12 and under (Visit www.pinelakecamp.ca for more information about the camp).

 

Brooks:

Brooks Family Care Centre – 112 2 Street W

Phone: 403-362-3117

Provides families in need and/or in crisis with vouchers for clothing, housewares, and winter apparel.


Thrift Store - 112 2 Street W

Phone: 403-362-3117


Schizophrenia Society of Alberta

​Working towards improving the quality of life for those affected by schizophrenia and psychosis. Family members and caregivers connect to learn and share experiences. The Schizophrenia Society of Alberta has a branch office in Medicine Hat; for more information call 403-526-8515.  

 

Support Group Calendar


The Schizophrenia Society of Alberta also offers Online programing, a free online support for people with schizophrenia and their families that can be accesses anywhere you have an internet connection and a phone, computer or tablet. Registration is available on the Schizophrenia Society of Alberta website prior to each session.

Senior Services - Day Hospital

Services include: therapeutic groups, balance and fall prevention exercise program, one-on-one counselling, case conferencing, ongoing health assessments & treatment. Clients come to the day hospital 2 days a week.


For clients age 65 and older, individuals under the age of 65 are assessed on an individual basis.

Phone: 403-529-8949
Fax: 403-529-8858


Clients can self-refer or be referred by Home Care, Community Outreach Team, physicians, family members, friends, or caregivers.

Client fee for attendance is $10.00 per day to cover the cost of lunch, snacks and beverages (coffee, tea, juice). Client is billed monthly based on actual attendance. Fees may be changed without notice. Please contact the service for more information.

Fee is reviewed and waived based on annual income as per the Alberta Seniors Benefit Program general eligibility amounts.


SSDH Referral Form

Seniors Services Day Hospital Brochure

Services for Seniors at the Veiner Centre & Strathcona Centre

​Senior Services are offered at the Veiner Centre, at 255 Woodman Ave SE, and Fitness Classes are offered at the Strathcona Centre, at 1150 5th Street SE in Medicine Hat.

Strathcona Centre

The Strathcona Centre has reopened and is a hub of activity for the 50+ crowd. They offer drop in sports in the gymnasium and new equipment in the fitness centre. Fitness classes are also offered. For more information, please call 403-529-8307.


Veiner Centre

Senior Services promotes the well-being of people 50+ through various support services through the Veiner Centre. This centre is both run by a dedicated team of city staff members, as well as a huge amount of support from volunteers and community partners.

Veiner Centre main phone number: 403-529-8307

Seniors Outreach: 403-529-8368 
Health, Fitness & Recreation: 403-529-8307
Information Office: 403-529-8307
Meals On Wheels: 403-525-8885
BRANCH Senior Support: 403-504-1811 ext. 114


Supportive Counseling Services

Held on the second Wednesday of each month. Members of the Medicine Hat Senior Services can access Supportive Counseling Services for a FREE telephone or in-person consultation with Medicine Hat Family Service professionals on stress management, family issues or health and age-related losses. The next Supportive Counseling Services day will be on February 12 from 9:00am-12:00pm. Call 403-529-8307 to book a free 1 hour appointment, in the newly renovated private office in the Veiner Centre.


DILLS - Drop In Life Long Learning Series

Held one Wednesday per month from September through May. The February DILLS session will be held on February 26 at 10:00am, and the topic will be How Grandparents Can Help Grandchildren Cope With Divorce.


Wellness Wednesday Presentations

Held one Wednesday per month from September through June. Please register by calling 403-529-8307. The next Wellness Wednesday presentation will be on February 19 at 10:00am, and the topic will be Federal and Provincial Seniors Benefits.


Meals for Men at Meadowlands

Are you a gentleman who lives alone? If so, you are invited to a special event on Wednesday, February 12 from 5:00-7:00pm at Meadowlands. Attendees will make a meal to enjoy together and 4 more to take home. This month's menu is Beed Stroganoff. Cost is $25/person. Registration required - please phone Mariah at 403-548-8383.


Care Partner Support Meeting
The Alzheimer Society is holding a Care Partner Support meeting for family and friends of those living with dementia. This will take place on the first Thursday of every month at 10:00am at the Veiner Centre. If you are interested in attending this drop-in program, please call the Alzheimer Society at 403-528-2700.


Sexual and Reproductive Health - AHS Community Health

​Counseling and Information Services, Health Promotion and Education Services, Clinical Services.

Some services are by appointment (physician and counselling) but all others are drop-in (e.g. pregnancy testing, STI testing, Emergency Contraception, etc.) Call for further information.

 

Services in Medicine Hat and Brooks and are available to all.

Medicine Hat Community Health Services (Ph) 403-502-8200
Brooks Health Centre (Ph) 403-501-3303

Smokers' Help Line

Phone: 1-866-332-2322

Information about prevention & quitting. Translation services are available

Social Work Services - AHS

Provides psychosocial service, support, and resource information for people in hospital, outpatient programs, and some community care and supported living facilities.

Provides support and resources to promote physical and mental well-being, while also addressing social needs. Helps clients who run into problems because of illness, disability, and/or hospitalization, which may interfere with their being able to get the most benefit from their medical treatment.


Clients are primarily registered as inpatients in an AHS facility or program, but walk-ins are accepted as staff are available.  Walk-in clients do not necessarily require previous AHS involvement. There is usually a 24 to 48 hour wait for people in the hospital. Others may have to wait up to 2 weeks depending on the community and services needed.

Phone: 403-529-8083

SPEC

SPEC is focused on the positive development of kids by providing a continuum of services from early intervention (prevention) to high intervention during crisis. By providing family support services, SPEC continues to focus on a variety of preventive and educational programs that promotes a caring and committed community where kids are resilient and valued.


Monday – Friday from 8:30am to 5:00pm
Evening and weekend hours are scheduled as needed.


Phone: 403-362-5056
Email: home@spec.ab.ca
Address: 327 3rd St W, Brooks, AB


Speech, Language and Hearing - Infant, Preschool, School-age and Adult Services

​Supports individuals with concerns in the areas of speech, language, reading, writing, voice disorders, stuttering and feeding/swallowing disorders.

Anyone can refer (community member or family member) for outpatient programs and swallowing concerns including bedside swallowing screenings at the hospital or mealtime observations in the office or home to assess feeding and swallowing.

Healthcare providers may consult the Alberta Referral Directory for service referral information.

Outpatient Swallowing Assessment Referral

Speech, Language and Hearing Services Community Referral


Call for an appointment:

Medicine Hat Regional Hospital (Ph) 403-528-8175 (Fx) 403-528-8190
Bow Island Provincial Building (Ph) 403-545-5123 (Fx) 403-545-6357
Brooks Community Health Centre (Ph) 403-501-3308 (Fx) 403-501-3202
Oyen (based out of Medicine Hat Regional Hospital) (Ph) 403-528-8175 (Fx) 403-528-8190

Spinal Cord Injury Alberta

SCI Alberta strives to achieve its mission and provide the best service possible through a focus on five core service areas which include:

Client Support and Service Coordination
Community Development and Systemic Change
Peer Program
Information Services
Active Living
SCI Alberta supports its clients through many challenging transitions, including relationships, sexuality, parenting, aging, recreation, education, employment, etc.

Through committee participation, SCI Alberta also assists communities to become more inclusive by creating awareness of critical issues such as accessible transportation, housing, healthcare and other supports.

Phone : 1-888-654-5444
Email : edmonton@sci-ab.ca

St. John Ambulance - Medicine Hat

St. John Ambulance is proud to deliver reliable and sustainable community services in accordance with the organization’s mission. These services are provided by trained volunteers who recognize and respond to community-based health and safety needs. St. John’s nationally recognized core community service programs include:

First Aid Response Services:
Trained volunteers provide first aid services at community gatherings, sporting and recreational events.
 
Therapy Dog Services:
Through regular visitations, St. John Therapy Dog Teams enrich the lives of the elderly and ill, as well as children, by providing unconditional love and support.
  
​​Youth Services:
Young Canadians are given the opportunity to learn first aid and volunteer in their communities, fostering their personal development and commitment to service.
 
Emergency Response:
When disaster strikes, St. John Ambulance is there to help. St. John Ambulance community-based volunteers are trained in an integrated system of first aid, CPR and health care. 


Phone: 403-528-3292
Toll free: 1-800-665-7114


Stroke Early Supported Discharge Program & Community Rehab Program (Stroke Support Team)

In-home therapy offered to stroke survivors to assist them in their recovery immediately after the event or 1 year+ post-stroke, if they continue to have challenges.

An Early Supported Discharge (ESD) Program provides in-home therapy to stroke survivors who have been referred from hospital upon discharge. This program is intended for clients with mild to moderate deficits due to a recent stroke.
Community Rehabilitation (CR) provides in-home therapy to stroke survivors who are at risk for needing increased care due to a previous stroke (1 year+).

In both programs, clients actively participate in setting goals for their therapy, which may continue up to 8 weeks. Stroke specialists also provide support with overcoming barriers, reintegration within the community and transfer of care to outpatient rehabilitation and/or community services for continued support. 


Early Supported Discharge (ESD) – must have had a recent stroke (within the past 3 months).
Community Rehabilitation (CR) – must have had a stroke 1 year+ and be at risk for requiring increased levels of care in the community.
Healthcare providers should consult the Alberta Referral Directory for service referral information.


For more information about referrals, please call 403-502-8648, ext 1297

Stroke Community Rehabilitation (CR) Referral - Medicine Hat

Fax: 403-529-8021


For more information on driving after a stroke:

Driving a Car after in Alberta after a Stroke

The Caregiver's Lighthouse

Lorna Scott offers expertise as a coach and counsellor for families during a time of caregiving. She offers workshops and resources and individual coaching/strategies for caregivers in the Medicine Hat area. Call or visit the website for more information about workshops.


Phone: 403-548-8437
Toll Free: 1-888-746-8130
Email: lorna@thecaregiverslighthouse.com 


"The Kitchen is Open" Family Caregiver Coffee & Chat Group

A place for family caregivers to come together with other caregivers, learn about community resources, chat and relax. The group is held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 1:30-3:00pm, at the Canadian Mental Health Association Boardroom (204 - 1865 Dunmore Rd SE, Medicine Hat). For more information or to register, please call 403-548-8437.

Therapeutic Recreation & Aquatic Program - Medicine Hat & Brooks

Offers various group programming opportunities for individuals who experience recreation and leisure barriers. Helps people with physical, social, emotional, and mental challenges that affect their leisure activity by assessing their needs and strengths, developing, following and evaluating a therapy plan. 


Medicine Hat:

Phone: 403-502-8648, ext 1068

Fax: 403-529-8968


Brooks: 

Phone: 403-501-3205

Brooks Therapeutic Recreation Services Poster


Allied Health Referral Form

Please fax referral form. A Recreation Therapist will contact the individual to complete a screen and assessment prior to determine each individual’s leisure needs. 


Programs and services available:

 
Yoga – Provides individuals who experience physical and/or emotional barriers the opportunity to participate in a safe, meaningful, and structured therapy that promotes relaxation, self-reflection, and improved physical functioning through the use of Yoga movements and guided meditation. The focus is on improving physical and emotional wellness and promoting leisure independence through the discovery of a mind-body connection. This therapy is intended to target individuals who experience chronic pain, however the program is also designed to treat individuals who experience various mental and physical health considerations. 



Aquatic Therapy – Provides a safe, individualized/group aquatic exercise program in the community that focuses on improving physical, social, and leisure independence. Please note that this program often has a waitlist. 




Walking to Wellness – Provides a structured, supportive, community exercise program that focuses on physical fitness and/or balance and healthy living education for clients with chronic disease. The focus is on improving physical, social and leisure independence and prepare for self-management and transition to a community program. 



Expressive Arts – Provides individuals with barriers to leisure engagement the opportunity to express their ideas, emotions, thoughts and feelings through artistic expression and creative means. Using a leisure modality, designed to offer a creative outlet and an opportunity to appreciate the arts. 


In Brooks: The class is held at the JBS Centre – Chandos Room (Previously Lakeside Leisure Centre) on Wednesdays from 1:00-2:00pm. The cost is $30 for a 10 week program.

For more information, contact the Brooks Health Centre Therapeutic Recreation at 403-501-3205, or email jalaina.kam@ahs.ca



Therapeutic Writing – Provides the opportunity for individuals to express their ideas, emotions, thoughts and feelings through journaling, verbal expression, and creative writing. 



Steps to Connect - Steps to Connect is a 3-session, evidence-based interactive program created to assist people who experience barriers to participating in their communities in learning ways to strengthen connections through meaningful and enjoyable recreation. Over three sessions, participants are guided to identify enjoyable recreation activities that promote their wellbeing, find places in the community to pursue those activities, plan and participate in a group activity together, learn about local resources, understand the many benefits of recreation, and create their own plan for connecting to their community. Steps to Connect is designed to address risks for social isolation by focusing on enhancing sense of belonging and self-determined activity participation.  

Total Cardiology - Calgary

Dedicated multi-disciplinary team of over 125 staff members ranging from allied health care workers to educators, clinical researchers, and administrators, our cardiologists deliver rapid and comprehensive cardiology consultation, leading edge cardio-diagnostic tests, research and prevention services.

 

Physicians can refer online via their website or fax referral form.

Sunridge Location
Cardio Diagnostics
Phone: (403) 571-8640
Fax: (403) 571-8658

RACC™ Cardiology Clinic
Phone: (403) 571-8641
Fax: (403) 571-6990


Total Cardiology - Cardio-Diagnostic Requisition

Total Cardiology - RACC Referral Form



TrueNTH Lifestyle Management

A website and online portal (lifestyle.truenth.ca) has been developed which offers Physical Activity, Stress-Reduction, and Nutrition Programs and Resources for Men Living with Prostate Cancer.


United Way

United Way is a federated network of over 80 local United Way Centraide offices serving more than 5,000 communities across Canada, each registered as its own non-profit organization and governed by an independent volunteer-led local Board of Directors. Locally and nationally, our goal is the same – to create opportunities for a better life for everyone in our communities.

Phone: 403-526-5544

Veterans Affairs Canada

​Information and tools for health care service providers and medical professionals to help you support your clients covered for services by Veterans Affairs Canada.

Phone: 1-866-522-2122

VitalAire - Medicine Hat

VitalAire works closely with your healthcare professionals in Medicine Hat to provide the respiratory programs and services you need for effective treatment.

VitalAire provides:
-Sleep apnea tests, education and treatment
-CPAP supplies & accessories, including CPAP masks and CPAP machines
-Home Oxygen programs, products and services
-Trach care, ventilators, oxygen concentrators and speciality respiratory products
-Travel convenience with 15 clinics in Alberta and 100 clinics across Canada

Referral can be faxed or completed online - see website 

Phone: 403-529-1975
Fax: 403-528-3829


VitalAire Home Respiratory Referral

Wardell Centre for Chronic Pain Disease & Sante Surgi-Centre

The pain clinic is a modern specialist practice of managing chronic diseases which generate pain complaints in patients.

 

Physician Referral Process - Full consultative request with accompanying records. This request would be for a patient seeking a consult and stabilization for a complex case.

 

Minor consultative request for specific procedures (ex. marijuana RX or a senior needing joint relief) - when referring please specify these patients.

 

Patients can self refer for: cold laser for pain, prolo-therapy, focused shock wave, smoking cessation & platelet rich plasma for joint injection or tendonitis.

For more information about referrals please call the office. 

Phone: 403-580-3545

YMCA of Medicine Hat

Programs include: aquatics, camps, child care, education & training, employment services, health & fitness, youth engagement, and youth & preschool programming. 

Phone: 403-527-4426


Living Fit Program 
The Living Fit program provides safe, supportive, barrier-free health and wellness opportunities for people with disabilities and chronic, stable conditions. 

The program aids individuals with: Multiple Sclerosis, Cognitive Disabilities, Spinal Cord Injuries, Brain Injuries, Cerebral Palsy, Fibromyalgia, Stroke, Heart Disease, Diabetes.

They can customize a program for such issues as Fall Prevention working on balance and leg strength. Participants must be YMCA members. The YMCA also offers financial assistance to those in need

Clients may be referred to the program by various organizations or their physician.  A referral is not necessary, however, and individuals may join at any time to improve their health and quality of living. Click here to learn more about the Living Fit Program, or call 403-527-4426, x 221.


Young Moms Program
The YMCA Early Intervention Program for Young Mothers, “Young Moms” is a comprehensive, educational program designed to meet the diverse needs of pregnant or parenting teens. Young moms can complete their high school education through independent study while learning life management skills. The program is conveniently located within a YMCA daycare centre which provides an opportunity for children to receive on-site care while moms are attending school.