New Program Models
Professional Case Managers help people navigate the maze of income replacement programs when too ill to work, including assistance to understand, assess eligibility and access federal,provincial, and employer programs. Money Matters also provides assistance with options for drug coverage and advice related to returning to work. In some cases, people can access specialized clinics related to financial advice, employment and disability law, seasonal income tax for those with low income/assets and pro bono Wills. Money Matters is available in person at your local Wellspring centre or online using free video technology that provides for a personal, face-to-face session with a Case Manager from the comfort and convenience of your own home.
With an integrated rehabilitation, educational and support model, Wellspring offers Returning to Work for cancer patients who are anticipating a return to work. Over the course of a 10-week program, topics include:
Employment law and workplace accommodation
- Transitioning from income replacement programs
- Attachment to work, and changes that may be an outcome of the cancer experience
- Identification of cancer-related deficits that may impact work performance (e.g., fatigue) and strategies to remediate them
- Communication in the workplace
- Health maintenance.
Back at Work is a monthly psychoeducational program for patients who have returned to work and wish ongoing support to sustain their employment and wellness. Topics differ each month and are led by experts in their field.
Exercise and rehabilitation play an important role in helping patients cope with treatment and its side-effects, and recover health. Moreover, for some types of cancer, exercise has shown to reduce the risk of recurrence.
Wellspring offers the most comprehensive community-based cancer exercise program in Canada. Led by qualified Physiotherapists, Kinesiologists and Exercise Physiologists, patients are individually assessed, prescribed customized exercise regimens, and closely supervised in their exercise plans through a 30-week program.
Cancer and nutrition go hand-in-hand from diagnosis through to long-term wellness. Nourish is comprised of the following individual programs:
- Eating Well During Treatment
- Eating Well After Treatment
- Breast Cancer and Nutrition
- Colorectal Cancer and Nutrition
- Nutrition and the Caregiver
- Eating Well the Vegetarian Way
- Super Healthy Foods
- Herbs and Spices
- Beans, Peas, Lentils and Grains
- Nutrition Myths and Controversies
Nourish programs are routinely updated to incorporate new scientific knowledge, and the education is complemented with hands-on demonstrations and food samplings in Wellspring’s teaching kitchens.
The Healing Journey is a comprehensive, 5-level program developed by Dr. Alastair Cunningham of the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, and is based on 30 years of research. Levels 1 and 2 introduce patients and their caregivers to the benefits of, and evidence for, supportive care in cancer and provide a sampling of a wide range of coping techniques. Levels 3 and higher continue to address support and coping practices and explore the spiritual and existential dimensions of cancer.
The cancer experience can be complex, and many patients or caregivers wish help on a variety of different challenges such as financial hardship, side-effect management, workplace readiness, nutrition and lifestyle changes, and managing fears, to name a few.
Wellspring’s program roster is situated within a program navigation strategy to help patients or caregivers access those program best suited to their needs at a time when they have appropriate time and energy resources to benefit.
“The right program at the right time” is the tagline for successful navigation through Wellspring’s 40+ program roster, and includes check-ins and updates throughout the cancer experience.
All of Wellspring’s Peer Support and Front Desk Volunteers go through a detailed screening process, resulting in successful completion of a 2.5 day training program on supportive care and program navigation skills.