February is Heart and Stroke Awareness Month. Given that heart disease impacts approximately 2.4 million Canadians, educating the public is important. At Aetonix, we believe strongly that better understanding a health condition is one of the keys to prevention. When we say “prevention,” we’re not just talking about preventing heart attacks, strokes, and the conditions that lead up to them. We’re
Breathing is critical to life, which means keeping airways clear can be highly stressful. If you’re a respiratory therapist, you know how critical every intubation is. Performing vital procedures is a big part of your job, especially in intensive care. But what happens outside of the hospital walls? Increasingly, care is being delivered in the community. This is especially true
The holidays are upon us, and 2017 is drawing to a close. Here at Aetonix, we’re looking back at the year in healthcare. Currently, there are major changes planned for home care delivery in Ontario. And recently, 2000 new beds and availabilities in hospitals, supportive housing units, and transitional care spaces were announced by the health ministry. There’s no doubt that the province has
It’s one of the most delicate issues in long term care. In most facilities, there are residents who just don’t have the capacity to make their own personal care decisions. In these cases, a substitute decision maker must be appointed. This person—whether she’s a family member or some other individual with power of attorney—needs to sign off on all care
Are you a care coordinator? If so, you fill a relatively new (though crucial) position. So it’s easy to understand why there are so many misconceptions about what you do. Patients and their family members may be confused about the scope of your role. What is it appropriate for them to ask you for? Are you there to impose rules
Treating patients with complex care needs at home isn’t easy. Often, it takes a whole team of caregivers and medical practitioners. The word “team” is critical here. If you’re involved in providing this type of care, you’re aware of what can happen when communication becomes fractured. Poor health outcomes for patients is one consequence. Increased hospital readmissions and unnecessary strains
How many older adults have fallen in your facility this year? Falls aren’t a pleasant thing to think about. But if you’re involved in operating a residential care home, thinking about them is a big part of your job. You probably know the statistics. But they most certainly bear repeating, so here’s a reminder. According to a
More than ever before, Canadians are receiving health care services in their homes. Home care patients are generally happier and healthier than those in hospitals. The services they receive tend to be less costly, which means big savings for governments. It’s no wonder health care is shifting out of traditional settings. But what do these changes mean for
It’s a difficult subject. If you run or operate a care facility, resident discharges, evictions, and transfers are the last thing you want to think about. No service provider wants to be in the position of having to refuse care. Telling a resident’s family you can no longer meet the needs of their loved one can be extremely difficult.
It was author Laura Ingalls Wilder who said, “home is the nicest word there is”. Today, nearly 60 years after her passing, these words are as true as ever. Canadians are speaking up about their health care preferences, and the message is clear. Now, more than ever, they want to be cared for at home. And governments are listening.
Personal support workers (PSWs) are some of the great unsung heroes of Canadian health care. With great compassion and respect, they provide care and the necessities of life for those who need it most. Their work isn’t glamorous. It can be mentally, physically, and emotionally demanding. Often, it’s thankless. But if you ask a PSW why they do what
Imaginez le scénario suivant: il se fait tard, vous êtes assis à votre bureau, rattrapant le temps perdu sur du travail. Un membre de votre personnel entre dans la pièce en état de panique. Quelle est votre première pensée? Si vous êtes en charge d’une résidence prodiguant de l’assistance, votre esprit se met en marche. Y a-t-il eu un accident?
The demand for home care is rising quickly. So is the number of patients with complex care needs. If you operate, manage, or work for a home care agency, you’re aware that these two trends are coming together to create some serious challenges. In the years ahead, the business of caring for people at home will become more complicated.
If you have a loved one with complex care needs, you’ve probably given a lot of thought to their contact with the outside world. Adult home care clients are able to retain a certain level of independence, which is wonderful. But all too often, the alone time that comes with this independence can lead to loneliness and even social
Si vous êtes responsable d’un établissement de soins, d’une résidence offrant de l’assistance ou d’une maison de groupe, vous pensez peut-être à adopter un système d’alerte médicale électronique. La capacité de cette technologie à aider les donneurs de soins à répondre aux chutes, aux épisodes d’errances et à d’autres évènements dangereux n’est pas moins qu’incroyable. Par contre, saviez-vous que ces