Living Well with a Chronic Condition
A program for people with diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic lung disease, chronic pain and other long term illnesses.
There are three parts to this program:
- supervised exercise classes
- education classes
- self management workshop (Better Choices, Better Health™).
Participation in all three components is recommended to best manage a chronic condition.
Offered throughout the city and in rural locations in community centres, recreation centres and health centres.
This program also offers Living Well classes and individudal appointments with a nurse and dietitian in the following languages and dirverse population groups:
- Aboriginal population
- Homeless population
and in a culturally sensitive manner to certain ethnic populations who may have cultural barriers preventing them from entering the mainstream Living Well with a Chronic Condition Program.
Participants must have at least one chronic condition and:
- be 18 years of age or older
- be cognitively capable of participating in a group setting and able to handle group situations without disrupting the class or group process
- be able to behave appropriately in a social setting
Clients will be assessed on an individual basis; however the following clients do not meet our eligibility criteria for the service:
- clients with developmental disabilities
- clients with serious mental health, personality or behavioural problems, especially those in crisis, actively psychotic, or who we are unable to risk assess
- clients with dementia or other memory issues who are unable to remember appointment times, or retain and utilize the tools and skills provided
Accessing the service - more information:
Referrals can be made by a Family Physician other healthcare provider by sending a referral form by fax or by calling. Clients can also call to self-refer.
Fees for exercise program only. Please see brochure for details. Education and Self Management have no cost.
Subsidies are available, please call for more information.
Kinesiologists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapits, Registered Dieticians, Registered Nurses, Social workers
Please visit the links below for more details about this service at various locations.
- Sheldon M. Chumir Health Centre
1213 4 Street SW, Calgary, Alberta T2R 0X7; 403-943-2584, 403-955-2584 (Spanish), 403-955-6850 (Tagalog), 403-955-6856 (Punjabi and Hindi), 403-955-6857 (Cantonese and Mandarin)