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Complementary and Integrative Medicine Guide

The field of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) encompasses medical and health care practices that are not considered to be conventional or mainstream. Examples of CAM include but are not limited to: acupuncture, chiropractic manipulation, First Nations Healing, homeopathy, hypnotherapy, massage therapy, naturopathy, traditional Chinese medicine, and yoga. When treatment or therapy is used together with conventional techniques it is considered “complimentary.” Complimentary techniques typically fall into one of two subgroups: natural products (eg. Herbs, vitamins, minerals) and mind and body practices. When treatment or therapy is used in place of conventional techniques it is considered “alternative.” Finally, mainstream and CAM therapies that are combined in a coordinated way are considered “integrative.”

Day Care Guide

Day care facilities provide daytime supervision, recreation, learning and early socialization for children.  Day care businesses differ in the services they provide including full day care, after-school care, or drop-in day care. Services also vary dependent on the age group the center is catered to. There are different regulatory requirements dependent upon the age group and number of children under care.

Doula Guide

Doulas offer emotional, physical and psychological support to women during and after a pregnancy. They also provide support during childbirth. Most doulas are self-employed, usually available for hire by the hour, or for a set fee. Doulas require a high level of patience, understanding and compassion towards their clients, and often build a successful business through positive referrals and word of mouth. 

Home Care Providers Guide

In Canada the Home Care Providers industry is centered around helping people receive care at home rather than in a hospital or residential facility. Home Care is primarily delivered by regulated health care workers (eg. Skilled nurses) who provide a range of home care services. These include personal care services, homemaker and companion services, physical therapy, medical social services, dietary and nutritional services, speech therapy, audiology, medications and even intravenous therapy.

Natural Health - Nutritional Consulting Guide

Natural Health / Nutritional Consultants educate and inform clients about living healthier lives. They may formulate nutritional programs for general health and wellness, sports nutrition, weight maintenance, or autoimmune disorders. They may also suggest therapies such as vitamins and minerals, herbal products, and natural health supplements.