Rick’s Story

On July 27th, 2016, Rick O’Neil woke up in a bed at Arnprior Hospital. He had no idea what he was doing there. When he noticed two red marks on his chest, the doctor had to explain that they’d been caused by the defibrillator paddles used to revive him. Rick had been brought back from … Continued

Provinces with Lower Hospital Readmissions: What Can They Teach Us?

Unplanned hospital readmissions can have extremely negative impacts on the lives of patients. They can compromise the efficiency of hospitals and care provider organizations. And of course, they can be very costly. Unfortunately, readmissions are a major concern across Canada. Growing rates of chronic and complex conditions are bringing discharged patients back into acute care. … Continued

Home Health Care in Mexico: Change is on its Way

In Ontario and across Canada, it’s a time of transformation for home health care. Our population is aging. Chronic disease is on the rise. And now, more than ever, patients are expressing a preference for living at home. But these changes aren’t just nation-wide. In an increasingly global world, health care leaders have the opportunity … Continued

It’s Time to Tear Down Telehealth Barriers on Remote First Nations

When it comes to health care, remote First Nations face serious challenges. Access to services is one of the biggest. Right now, telehealth has the potential to help – but there are major obstacles in the way.   Currently, most patients in First Nations communities experience poor continuity of care. Many face health complications due … Continued

4 Ways Care Teams Can Support Family Caregivers Via Mobile App

Are you involved in providing care for patients who live at home? If so, you’ve probably been struck by the devotion of family members who take on care responsibilities. Today, health sector professionals are aware that it’s part of their jobs to support family caregivers. Whether you’re a doctor or a nurse, a policymaker or … Continued

How to Make Dying at Home Better for Ontarians

In recent years, there’s been a lot of discussion about palliative care. Now, more than ever, policymakers are asking questions about death. One of the most important centres around whether dying at home is a right. For the public and private agencies responsible for delivering care at home, the focus is different. Whether you’re a … Continued

The Courage of a Health Links Patient: An Aetonix Success Story

We’ve all been in situations where we’ve had to choose between two unappealing options. Often, these decisions are of no real consequence. Other times, they impact us in the short term. And then there are those choices that change everything. In a moment’s time, our lives are dramatically different. Recently, a family caregiver faced a … Continued

Why Rural Home Care Matters – the Patient Perspective

It’s no secret that patients prefer to receive health care at home. For those who live in rural communities, this preference can be especially strong. But is it realistic? How well can our health care system really support rural home care? The truth is, rural patients don’t always receive care that meets their needs or … Continued