Wound Care Providers: Can You Meet New Provincial Expectations?

Do you work for or act as a decision maker in a home care agency? If so, you probably feel like there’s more expected of you then ever before. And you’re right. The Ontario government has increased its commitment to home care. Demand has never been higher, and patient expectations are mounting. Delivering services with

How Care Coordinators Can Reduce Stress for Family Caregivers

If you’re a care coordinator, you work hard to provide patient-centred care. This critically important concept—patient-centredness—gets a lot of attention, even outside of health care professions. But there’s another concept that care coordinators strive to embody—one that deserves a lot more consideration than it receives. We’re talking about family-centred care. All too often, the family

Why Communication Skills are Critical to Wound Management

Right now, there’s more information than ever before about what it means to practice effective wound management. From therapeutic innovations to advances in our knowledge of wound dressings, professionals in the field have a wealth of new options. That said, one of the most critical factors in high-quality wound care isn’t related to any scientific

Patient Goal Setting: How Should Care Coordinators Help?

It’s no secret that health care in Ontario is becoming more patient-centred. The province’s action plan for health care, Patient’s First, was enacted in 2015. In the time since, a significant shift has occurred. Now more than ever before, people are at the centre of the care they receive. What does that mean? For many,

Why it’s Time to Look Closer at Wound Healing & Nutrition

Wound healing has never been more important. In Canada, an alarming 7 per cent of home care patients have compromised wounds. Luckily, there are steps that nurses can take to prevent infection and help patients make progress. Promoting proper nutrition is an important example. Unfortunately, nutrition has frequently been overlooked in the past. But things

Sharing Info: One of the Biggest Care Coordination Challenges

Community care coordination is rarely, if ever, simple. As a coordinator or case manager, you know how much work goes into ensuring that at-home patients receive the care they need. Communicating effectively with patients. Working through confusion between care professionals about areas of responsibility. Encouraging timely responses from practitioners. These are just a few of

4 Ways ET Nurses Can Support Wound Care Champions

Last week, we published tips on being an effective wound care champion. Today, we’re looking at the practitioners who fill these roles from another perspective—the perspective of wound care specialists. At Aetonix, we’re glad to see that wounds are starting to receive the attention they deserve. In the field, new knowledge and best practices are

Can Care Coordinators Overcome Language Barriers?

Care coordinators face countless challenges, and communication is one of the biggest. No matter how good you are at your job, communication breakdowns within circles of care create major problems. The relationships between care coordinators and patients are fundamental to home and community care. In Ontario, they’re a large part of what keeps care patient-centred.

4 Tips for Being an Effective Wound Care Champion

There’s never been a greater need for specialized wound care. With chronic disease rates on the rise, more patients are living with longterm wounds than ever before. Many of those who struggle most with wound-related symptoms live in their own homes. Outside of hospitals and other traditional care environments, infection and other complications can fly

Rural Vs. Urban Care Coordinators: Who Has it Harder?

Are you an Ontario care coordinator or case manager? If so, you’re a valuable resource to all of your clients—and probably a lifeline for many. No matter where you work in the province, you strive to ensure that all of the work you do is patient-centred. These are characteristics you share with your fellow care