Connect with Health Care in HNHB LHIN

There are many programs and services in our LHIN that can help you manage your diabetes. If you’re not sure where to look for these services, start by visiting these websites:

 

Additional Resources

Nutrition and Diet

  • UnlockFood.ca (formerly EatRightOntario.ca) is a bilingual website brought to you by Dietitians of Canada. On UnlockFood.ca you’ll find information on nutrition, food and healthy eating as well as recipes, videos and interactive healthy eating tools.
  • If you are looking for easy, economical meals and snacks, Dietitians of Canada also has a helpful nutrition app, free of charge, available at www.cookspiration.com
  • Telehealth Ontario phone line (1-866-797-0000) now includes Registered Dietitian’s Monday-Fridays 9-5 PM to provide evidence-based nutrition advice in a variety of languages.  Individuals looking for dietary strategies to manage their diabetes can access dietitians for free via this phone line.
  • Diabetes Canada also has patient friendly diabetes and nutrition resources available at guidelines.diabetes.ca.

Eye-care

Foot and Wound Care

Diabetic Foot ulcers (DFUs) can develop due to a combination of pressure caused by shoes or trauma and the loss of sensation in the foot called diabetic neuropathy.  Diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) can cause problems and put people at risk for complications, such as wound infections, which impair healing and could result in amputation of the foot or leg. Offloading devices are a key component of treating DFUs and preventing recurrence by reducing or redistributing pressure on the foot[1]  The Ministry of Health and LTC identified three types of offloading devices to be publicly funded:

    • Fibreglass total contact casting
    • Removable cast walker
    • Irremovable cast walker

The HNHB LHIN has been working with health service providers to establish ministry funded offloading programs for the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers. Currently the LHIN offers offloading services at 5 hospitals, 1 Community Health Centre (CHC), and 11 LHIN Home and Community Care (HCC) Nursing Care Centres. For more information please refer to the links below:

[1] https://www.hqontario.ca/Evidence-to-Improve-Care/Health-Technology-Assessment/Reviews-And-Recommendations/Fibreglass-Total-Contact-Casting-Removable-Cast-Walkers-and-Irremovable-Cast-Walkers-to-Treat-Diabetic-Neuropathic-Foot-Ulcers

  • The Canadian Association of Wound Care website provides you with information and other resources to help you manage your foot care.
  • The Feet First Program provides free foot assessment, consultation and treatment to people with diabetes.
  • The Best Foot Forward Program provides free foot care services by Registered Nurses and Chiropodists to people with diabetes and chronic kidney disease.
  • Check here for a geographic listing of Chiropodists (foot specialists) practicing in Ontario. 

Indigenous Diabetes Information

Francophone Services

Finance Assistance Programs

There are a variety of financial assistance programs available in Ontario to help reduce some of the costs associated with managing your diabetes. Please contact these programs directly for further information.

Physical Activity

  • For guidelines and advice on how to plan physical activity for you and your family, download the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines provided by the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology. 
  • For more physical activity information and tips on getting you and your family more active, visit ParticipACTION.

General Information

Public Health