Caring for My COPD 

Caring for My COPD is a 10- week pulmonary rehabilitation program for people who have been diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) including those recently hospitalized due to COPD 

If you have COPD, consider attending our community based program to help you gain knowledge about your disease and better control of your COPD.

  • There is NO COST for the program
  • Weekly education sessions that will help you understand & manage your COPD
  • Personalized, supervised exercise sessions
  • Your family member(s) or support person are welcome to accompany you to education classes
  • You will have access to COPD Coordinator and all other members of the COPD Healthcare Team
    • Kinesiologist, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist, Dietitian, Certified Respiratory Educator.

Speak to your Physician or Nurse Practitioner to complete a referral for you to attend. You are welcome to refer yourself to the program and we will contact your physician to complete a referral.

Click here for COPD Poster
Click here for referral form

COPD Newsletters

Click here for Vol 8 Issue 5 TAB Newsletter - May 2024

Click Here  for Vol 8 Issue 4 TAB Newsletter - April 2024

Click Here  for Vol 8 Issue 3 TAB Newsletter - March 2024

Click Here  for Vol 8 Issue 2 TAB Newsletter - February 2024

Click Here for Vol 8 Issue 1 TAB Newsletter - January 2024

Click Here for Vol 7 Issue 12 TAB Newsletter - December 2023

Click Here for Vol 7 Issue 11 TAB Newsletter - November 2023

Click Here for Vol 7 Issue 10 TAB Newsletter - October 2023

Click Here for Vol 7 Issue 9 TAB Newsletter - September 2023

Click Here for Vol 7 Issue 8 TAB Newsletter - August 2023

Click Here for Vol 7 Issue 7 TAB Newsletter - July 2023

Click here for Vol 7 Issue 6 TAB Newsletter - June 2023

COPD Resources

The  COMPASS Caring for My COPD team encourages you to use these resources to help you manage while you are away from the Health Center. Please feel free to reach out to a team member for additional support by calling our Health Wellness reception at 905-523-6611 x 3060 and ask to speak to one of the COPD team members.

Nutrition Education

The impact diet and nutrition has on your overall health is no mystery. Compass CH understands that you may have concerns about your diet, questions about what is 'healthy' or simply wish to make a change in your diet, but don't know where to start. The Registered Dietitians (RD) at Compass CH are here to help by providing nutrition counselling and education to enrolled patients.

What is a Dietitian?

Registered Dietitians (RD) provide nutrition education to clients based on evidence-based knowledge of food and human nutrition. Due to the influence of social, cultural and economic factors on your relationship with food, RDs integrate this knowledge with that from other disciplines, including mental health, health and social sciences and rehab.

Who is eligible to see the Dietitians at Compass CH?

  • Any Hamilton region individuals who have type 2 Diabetes or Pre-diabetesIf the individual's doctor is part of the Hamilton Family Health Team, the individual must ask for their Doctor’s permission first
  • Any individuals (with or without diabetes) whose family doctor/Nurse Practitioner practices at Compass CH
  • Individuals accessing the Caring for My COPD program

Our dietitians counsel people and offer nutrition classes mainly in the field of diabetes. 

However, if you are a primary care client, you can book to see a dietitian at Compass CH on a wide range of topics, including:

  • Weight management
  • Prediabetes and prevention
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Osteoporosis
  • Stomach or bowel problems (i.e. irritable bowel syndrome, celiac disease, Crohn's and colitis, diverticulosis)
  • Kidney disease and kidney stones
  • Food allergies and intolerances
  • Vegetarian and vegan diets
  • Youth nutrition
  • Nutrition during pregnancy
  • Sports nutrition
  • Cancer
  • Senior wellness and health
  • Picky Eaters

We are located on the first floor of Compass CH. If you are in need of our services or would like more information, please give us a call!

Diabetes Education

Our Diabetes Program will provide education, tools and the ongoing support for clients with Type 2 and prediabetes.  

Your Diabetes Team

Your Diabetes Team consists of Yourself, your Family Physician, Certified Diabetes Educators, Pharmacist, Chiropodist, Social worker and Kinesiologist. 

What Services are Provided by the Diabetes Education Program?

Clients are seen by the Registered Nurse and/or the Registered Dietitian, whom are Certified Diabetes Educators.  Ongoing education through individual or group classes will assist clients with the tools to self-manage their diabetes. Through ongoing discussions, it may be decided that clients may benefit from seeing other providers on the diabetes team as well.

Click here for the Diabetes Education referral form. 
Click here for the Diabetes Education e-referral form.
Click here for the Diabetes Exercise referral form. 



Group Education

We currently have the following programs: Diabetes Kitchen, Diabetes Exercise Program and Self-care group that covers Diabetes Management and Foot care.

The Self Care group is currently running on a monthly basis via zoom.

Diabetes Cooking with Cory  

  • Have you been diagnosed with Diabetes?
  • Want to improve/gain confidence with your cooking skills?
  • Is your knife always going dull? Let’s change that!
  • Want to learn how to be a smart grocery shopper?
  • Learn why plant rich eating is the way to go!

Fall session starts Sept 2023

Tuesday afternoons: September 5, October 3 and October 31 -  Time: 1pm - 4pm 

Location:  Compass Community Health Kitchen

Contact:  Cory Ma, RD, CDE 905-523-6611 ext. 3047 or speak to Diabetes/Health Wellness Reception staff

Limited space to allow for social distancing. Reserve your spot today!

Diabetes Exercise Program

Individual Appointments

At your individual appointment with your Certified Diabetes Educator, your current health status will be reviewed. This includes:

  • Discussing your diet and nutrition
  • Reviewing your medications and medical history
  • Taking measurements of health indicators, such as your weight and blood pressure
  • Assessing current usage of blood glucose monitor

You and your team will work together in setting lifestyle goals that will aid in your progress towards effective diabetes management.

How Do I Make an Appointment

Call Compass Community Health at 905-523-0090

You may refer yourself or your Family Doctor may refer Self-Management Tools.

Blood Glucose and Insulin Log book

Diabetes Canada

Canadas Food Guide