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“By being yourself, you put something wonderful in the world that was not there before.” – Edwin Elliot

Disability Tax Benefits

The Disability Tax Credit (DTC) is a non-refundable tax credit aiding individuals with physical or mental impairments in reducing income tax. It extends to those supporting disabled individuals or their spouses. Applicable at federal and provincial levels, the DTC aims to level the tax playing field between those with and without disabilities. Individuals facing additional costs related to medical care, food, housing, transportation, and personal assistance services can find financial relief by claiming the DTC on their tax return. Moreover, DTC eligibility opens doors to complementary government programs, such as the Registered Disability Savings Plan, Child Disability Benefit, Canada Worker’s Benefit Disability Supplement, and Multigenerational Home Renovation Tax Credit.


Fascia aka connective tissue is a three-dimensional web that spreads throughout the body and surrounds every muscle, bone, nerve, blood vessel and organ. So, when a fascial restriction occurs due to a physical or emotional trauma, or a surgery, there is a binding down of the fascial system. This binding down of the fascia can create tremendous pressure in the body causing pain, limited mobility, and restricted range of motion. If you are struggling with pain or restricted movement, schedule yourself a myofascial release treatment, and get back to moving pain free. Help is just a call away.

Naturopathic Approach to Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Did you know that April is IBS Awareness Month? IBS is one of the most common digestive disorders and can sometimes be one of the most confusing. Common triggers for IBS symptoms include stress, reduced gut biome diversity, food sensitivities/intolerances, and hormones. The condition is often diagnosed by ruling out other conditions and is frequently treated with pharmaceutical medications. Another option is to use naturopathic medicine to take a whole-system approach to managing the condition. This can involve individually tailored plans featuring botanicals, supplements, and enzymes, diet changes, and stress management techniques to address underlying health factors.

National Day of Mourning

In April we recognize the National Day of Mourning, marked annually in Canada on April 28, dedicated to remembering those who have lost their lives, suffered injury or illness on the job, or experienced a work-related tragedy. It is not only a day to remember and honour those lives lost or injured due to a workplace tragedy, but also a day to collectively renew our commitment to improve health and safety in the workplace and prevent further injuries, illnesses and deaths. At Mont St. Joseph Home we work collectively to be the employer of choice for our staff.

Healing Through Decluttering After Loss

Beginning the process can be the most challenging, there is no right or wrong way, or to what extent you will declutter. Focus on taking care of yourself, doing what feels right, and not rushing. Some tips: set small, achievable goals; let go of guilt and remember removing belongings doesn’t weaken the connection or the memories; ask for help if you overwhelmed; consider if you will save things for yourself, for others, donate, sell, or throw away; remember giving your family a meaningful gift can be priceless. The process can itself be meaningful and is an opportunity to help you process grief.

Mobility Boost with Adjustable Beds

Adjustable beds can enhance mobility by providing support for individuals with mobility issues, making it easier to get in and out of bed independently. By adjusting the bed’s position, users can find a comfortable angle for movement, aiding tasks like dressing or eating in bed. This increased independence can improve overall quality of life for those with mobility challenges, promoting a sense of autonomy and reducing reliance on assistance.

Suicide Prevention – Where to Begin?

Navigating the struggle of suicide prevention involves seeking
support from friends, family, and professionals. Finding
helpful tools such as the Embracing Life App (Scan the
QR code in our Ad) or finding other immediate assistance
sources are key to prevention, along with therapy which
provides coping strategies, and staying connected to help
combat isolation. Educate yourself about warning signs,
whether it be for yourself, a loved one, a child in need, create
a safety plan, encourage professional help. Remember, you are
NOT alone— reach out. Prioritize safety, seek help, and work

Chicken Salad Sandwich Supreme

4 cans of Flaked Chicken
1 green apple, chopped (or substitute grapes)
1/2 red onion, finely chopped
2 celery stalks, finely chopped
2/3 c. mayonnaise
1/4 c. Dijon mustard
2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper, can sprinkle some dried dill if desired

In a large bowl, combine chicken, apple/grapes, onion, and celery.
In a medium bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, Dijon, and vinegar and season with salt and pepper.
Pour dressing over chicken mixture and toss.
Serve on a Croissant or Bread with lettuce.

Managing “Spring Fever”

“Spring fever” is a term used to describe a feeling of restlessness, excitement, or increased energy that some people experience as Winter transitions into Spring. However not always the case for everyone, for some, it may cause severe anxiety and increased mental health issues that may be exacerbated by seasonal changes or increased social activities. If someone is experiencing distress or impairment due to changes in mood or behavior during the spring season, it’s essential for them to seek professional help. Treatment centers can provide a range of services, support groups, and holistic approaches to address these concerns and promote overall well-being.