Supporting Family Caregivers: 3 Tips For Home Care Providers

Family caregivers deserve our admiration. They make sacrifices to ensure that their ill loved ones receive the best care possible. If you’re a home care nurse or PSW, the work you do can provide these compassionate individuals with a lot of relief. Most likely, you wish you could do even more to help. Supporting family … Continued

Supporting Palliative Care Patients With Communication Technology

Supporting palliative care patients is deeply rewarding, but it also comes with challenges. Nurses and personal support workers (PSWs) in the field must provide compassionate support in the final stages of life. As a result, they need to earn the trust of their patients quickly. Relationship building and careful coordination are critical. But caregivers can’t … Continued

Nurses Supporting Nurses: Collaborative Home Care With Telehealth

They’re concepts that are fundamental to nursing practice. Continuous learning. Collaboration. Nurses supporting nurses. Here’s what it all boils down to: professional isolation doesn’t make for high-quality care. On the surface, the fix is simple. Nurses should work together. They should reach out and impart knowledge and skills across nursing disciplines. When they’re caring for the … Continued

4 Diseases Impacting Health on First Nations in Canada

This month, Indigenous leaders have had a lot to say about actions taken by the federal government. Trudeau’s recent address to the Assembly of First Nations resulted in praise, criticism, and calls for patience. One of the issues that’s been discussed most is health care. And with good reason. There are major gaps in health … Continued

Why Patient Education Fails So Often

The number of Canadians living with chronic disease is at an all-time high. Many chronically-ill people manage their conditions at home, where they don’t have direct access to medical expertise. As a result, patient education has never been so important. Living independently is great. But in many cases, it requires a lot from those who … Continued

A Surprising Way Nursing Homes Can Increase Family Engagement

In many Canadian nursing homes, family engagement is low. Industry professionals are aware of the difference that loving support networks can make. But what’s the best way to encourage family members to get involved? Caring relatives may find it difficult to visit residents for various reasons. Some of the most common include geographical distance and … Continued

Is a Professional Caregiver Burnout Epidemic Headed for Home Care?

In Ontario, the number of chronic and complex patients who live at home is growing quickly. Among the professionals who provide home care services for these patients, caregiver burnout is increasingly common. Frontline workers – including nurses, personal support workers (PSWs), and rehabilitative therapists, among others – are under increasing pressure as the home care … Continued

Ontario’s High-Needs Patients: Can Health Links Reach Them All?

It’s a well-known problem. A small percentage of Ontario’s patient population accounts for a large percentage of health care spending. The province’s Health Links initiative was designed to fix this issue – but how well is it working? In the years since they were introduced, Health Links have had a positive impact on the lives … Continued

How Health Care Leaders Can Better Support Family Caregivers

Family caregivers are one of our most important resources. Providing approximately 80% of the country’s home care, these unpaid workers are an integral part of Canada’s health care system. Now, health care leaders are beginning to realize their value. More than ever before, governments are making support for caregivers a priority. Ontario just announced $20 … Continued

5 Unexpected Benefits of Using Videoconferencing for Telehealth

We all know telehealth is convenient. It’s a well-established fact that the right communication technologies can reduce travel and wait times for patients. We also know that telehealth brings crucial services to areas where they otherwise wouldn’t be available. By connecting patients and doctors long distance, the right electronic tools improve access to care in … Continued