February 6, 2018

Overcoming Major Obstacles to Diabetes Care on First Nations

Diabetes rates have exploded in recent years. And unfortunately, some groups are at higher risk than others. According to a recent study, about 8 in 10 First Nations young adults will develop diabetes in their remaining lifetime. The study also found that rural First Nations people had a higher lifetime risk that those who lived in urban environments. For many
February 1, 2018

3 Challenges Respiratory Therapists Face in Home Care

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
January 25, 2018

4 Chronic Conditions—and Their Coordination Challenges

Coordinating a patient’s care is never simple. But when more than one chronic disease is involved, the task becomes especially complex. If you’re a care coordinator, connecting clients to services to help manage their comorbid conditions is a big part of your job. Providing this support is about more than understanding chronic diseases individually. It means cultivating extensive knowledge on
January 18, 2018

5 Challenges for Complex Care Coordinators in Rural Areas

Care coordination is a difficult job under any circumstances. That said, working in rural areas can be especially challenging. Complex patients living outside of city centers face the same health issues as their urban counterparts. Unfortunately, their difficulties are often compounded by their distance from healthcare resources. If you’re a rural care coordinator, narrowing this distance is one of the
January 11, 2018

How to Help an Elderly Loved One—Without Being Intrusive

If you’re worried about an elderly loved one, your first instinct is probably to step in and help. But what happens when the person you care about doesn’t want your help? How do you contribute to the safety, health, and happiness of a family member who sees your efforts as invasive?  It’s tough to balance, but often, finding out why
January 4, 2018

Signs Your Elderly Loved One Should Try a Communication App

  Does your elderly loved one live alone? Do you sometimes worry? If so, you’re not alone. According to a recent survey, 83% of Canadian boomers would prefer to age at home. While it’s great that so many seniors want to remain independent, adult children often wonder how well their aging parents are coping. Luckily, technology has made it safer
December 21, 2017

4 Times Health Technology Mattered in 2017

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
December 14, 2017

3 Ways To Brighten The Holidays For Your Elderly Parent

It’s no secret that Christmas can be hard. Advertisements continuously tell us that this is the time of year to be with the ones we care for. It’s no wonder that people who are socially isolated often find themselves grappling with holiday depression. For many older adults, this time of year can be especially difficult. The holidays may bring on
December 7, 2017

4 Tips: Connecting With an Elderly Parent Using aTouchAway

Are you concerned about your elderly parent’s wellbeing? Aging can create a multitude of personal challenges. It’s natural to worry about how your loved one is navigating them—especially when you can’t be there to help out in person. Luckily, digital technology can improve your parent’s quality of life—and put your mind at ease. If your mom is feeling lonely, a
December 5, 2017

3 Ways Telehealth Helps Reduce Hospital Readmissions

It’s an alarming statistic. A study from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) found that 1 in 12 patients is readmitted to a hospital within 30 days of being discharged. In hospitals, physicians and nurses can monitor patients continuously. Unfortunately, care-related challenges are often compounded in less-controlled environments. At home, patients play a much larger role in managing their
November 23, 2017

Tips For Providing Long-Distance Care For An Aging Parent

Caring for an aging parent can be incredibly difficult. If you provide this type of support, you’re probably dealing with a lot of stress. While being a caregiver is always difficult, there are unique challenges involved when you don’t live close to your loved one. Whether your parent lives an hour away or halfway across the country, you probably can’t
November 16, 2017

How Digital Health is Making a Difference in 3 Care Settings

It’s Digital Health Week, and we at Aetonix are in the mood to celebrate. Each year, technological advances make healthcare delivery more convenient and efficient. Innovation makes medical information more accessible for health professionals, as well as patients and their families. But what does this progress look like? And where is it making the biggest difference? Digital health isn’t just
November 14, 2017

4 Video Stories for Digital Health Week

From November 13-18, it’s Digital Health Week—a time for Canadians to celebrate progress in digital healthcare technology. Canada Health InfoWay has joined organizations across the country to create and promote events exploring this important subject. Healthcare professionals, sector leaders, and digital health supporters are also encouraged to get involved online. At Aetonix, we know that digital technology can lead to
November 9, 2017

3 Facts for Indigenous Disability Awareness Month

In 2015, British Columbia—along with the Metis Nation British Columbia and BC First Nations Summit—dedicated the month of November to Indigenous people with disabilities. Since then, the Assembly of First Nations, the Council of Yukon First Nations, and the province of Saskatchewan have all followed suit. From a healthcare perspective, this declaration is significant. Indigenous people in Canada face unique
November 2, 2017

4 Must Reads for Patient Safety Week

There are many qualities that distinguish high-quality patient care. It should be responsive, timely, and carefully coordinated (to name a few). We’d also put “safe” high up on the list. The truth is, we take it for granted that patients are safe—whether they’re being cared for in a hospital, long term care facility, or at home. But safety in healthcare