St. Albert Gazette, September 2012
THINKING ABOUT PREVENTION
It may sound a bit like a paradox but when you’re healthy that’s just the time to start thinking about a prevention plan. Often when we’re feeling great we fail to consider our wellbeing and ways to continue staying healthy. It’s only when we fall ill that we start thinking about what we could have done better and wondering why we didn’t take steps to reduce our risk of disease. But with a little planning it doesn’t have to be that way.
Most chronic illnesses occur slowly over many years or decades, often without symptoms or warnings and progress through some of the healthiest years of life when we’re not paying attention to what we’re eating, how much we’re drinking or how little we’re exercising. When we’re young and getting by on minimal sleep, coping well with stress and still feeling wonderful, it’s easy to believe that it will always be that way. Wouldn’t it be great if we could carry on feeling that way for many, many years to come?
Most common chronic illnesses are a result of lifestyle choices – bad habits that if left unchecked for years or decades eventually catch up with us over time. By adhering to a personalized prevention plan, following a rigorous program of early detection, intervention and management, health risks can be significantly mitigated while continuing to enjoy life to its fullest. It all starts by planning ahead and taking steps today that can pay dividends tomorrow.
PRIVATE HEALTHCARE IN EDMONTON
Copeman Healthcare, a prevention-focused medical centre that recently opened in the Edmonton suburb of Glenora has extended its arms to resident of St. Albert, encouraging them to take advantage of their team-based, inter-professional services.
“Our approach is really quite simple,” says Rick Tiedemann, Executive Director of the new Centre, “If clients are healthy we want to keep them that way for a very long time. If they’re struggling with an illness we want to get them timely medical expertise and on the road to recovery. Ultimately our goal is the same for both groups; to reduce the long-term impact of disease and improve our client’s quality of life.”
WHAT IS COPEMAN HEALTHCARE?
In 2005 Copeman Healthcare introduced a highly personalized, service-focused approach to healthcare. At the time it was a completely new concept in Canada. The successful model which was originally pioneered in BC was brought to Alberta when the first Centre opened in Calgary in 2008. Programs initially developed for individuals and families were later expanded to also accommodate corporate needs through the company’s executive health program.
At its core, Copeman Healthcare delivers excellence in prevention and health management. The Centres offer each client a personalized experience and access to a team of professionals that focus on all aspects of their health. The organization now boasts four Centres in Western Canada that offer the same advanced medicine and outstanding client service that long-term clients have come to expect.
According to founder and Chairman Don Copeman, the company began with a simple premise, “to deliver unparalleled access to medical expertise while providing each patient with a highly personalized and unhurried experience.” The Copeman Way is a model that integrates the care of physicians with the expertise of an inter-professional team. Psychologists, neuropsychologists, registered dietitians, kinesiologists, exercise medicine specialists, nurses, and other specialized professionals work together to prevent, detect and manage all types of diseases. Central to the Copeman Way is the philosophy of treating the whole person – placing an emphasis not just on physical health, but also psychological health and brain health. While psychological health focuses on the experiences, attitudes, thoughts and emotions of a patient, brain health looks at the organ of the brain. Copeman offers brain health assessments and rehabilitation for injuries, concussion, stroke, Alzheimer’s, vascular dementia and other brain related changes.
In addition to the integrated services, all members have access to a computerized Health Management System, which is a secure, online personal health record combined with sophisticated risk assessments, health surveillance and self-management tools. Changes in laboratory results and other health measures trigger personalized reminders about risk factors and transmit trends to the patient’s health team.
The centre offers a warm, comforting environment and an atmosphere of genuine caring. The most popular offering is LifePlus, an all-inclusive prevention and health management program that costs $4,325 in the first year and $3,325 in subsequent years. Member’s children are charged at $500/year. The service includes a comprehensive, head-to-toe four-hour annual health assessment and a complete package of professional services to support a client’s individual health plan. Those interested in learning more about Copeman Healthcare should contact Treena Popowich at 780-455-2273 or visit the company’s website at www.copemanhealthcare.com.