October 18, 2016

4 Reasons Facilities Should Use Wearable Safety Devices (Not Alarms)

Do you operate or work in a nursing home that uses a lot of alarms? If so, you’re aware of the stress these technologies can cause. Unfortunately, using alarms is non-negotiable. Without them, the number of falls in your facility would shoot through the roof. Many of your residents would be in continuous danger. Wouldn’t they? Believe it or not,
October 14, 2016

Scaling Home Care Services With Telemedicine

Do you wish you could serve more clients? Home care has never been more in demand. As a result, most organizations that provide and connect patients to at-home services are looking to scale. Telemedicine can help. While there are a lot of factors involved in growing an organization, communication is key. In order to assess and treat more people, home
October 12, 2016

Telehealth: Home Healthcare Options Have Just Expanded

Do you have a loved one with one or more chronic health conditions? Managing diseases like diabetes and heart disease is an ongoing battle. Luckily, telehealth can help. Continuous medical appointments and at-home symptom monitoring can be stressful. Travelling to hospitals and doctor’s offices is exhausting, inconvenient, and (in many cases) unnecessary. On the other hand, being disconnected from healthcare
October 6, 2016

5 Ways to Talk to Aging Parents Who Refuse Help

Watching aging parents suffer from mental and physical decline is one of the hardest things most adult children ever do. Perhaps your father had a slow recovery after a recent fall. Maybe your mother’s house is suddenly filling up with expired food and heaps of dirty laundry. If you’re involved in providing or finding appropriate care for your loved one, you may
October 4, 2016

The Key To Tackling Chronic Disease in First Nations Communities

It’s no secret that First Nations communities face unique health challenges. Now, chronic diseases are creating further complications. While rates of these diseases are on the rise across Canada, Indigenous people are disproportionately impacted. Consider this. First Nations individuals are 1.5 to 2 times more likely to develop heart disease than those in the general population. People from these backgrounds
September 29, 2016

Resident Wandering: 3 Reasons You Can Never Be Too Prepared

It goes without saying that every nursing home needs a plan for dealing with resident wandering. But how detailed should your plan be? And what factors should it take into account? If you’re involved in the operation of a home, you’ve likely spent countless hours considering these questions. You’ve probably read tragic stories about missing dementia patients and found yourself
September 28, 2016

Why Treating More Chronic Care Patients Requires a Shift in Thinking

The number of patients who need chronic care is on the rise. If you work in healthcare, you know what this means. It means more people battling lengthy illnesses, and increased overcrowding in acute care wards and emergency rooms. But what if it doesn’t have to be this way? What if a different approach to managing chronic disease can reverse
September 22, 2016

The Best Way to Reduce Hospital Readmissions for Chronic Patients

We all know that hospital readmissions are bad for the healthcare system. They negatively impact government budgets and strain facility resources. Worse, they decrease quality of life for the patients involved. Unfortunately, readmissions are all too common. According to a recent study, 1 in 12 Canadian patients is readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of being discharged. Those with
September 20, 2016

Home Care Technology: Adoption on the Front Lines is Now Critical

More than ever before, patients are receiving health care at home. But providing these services has become increasingly complicated. The population is aging, and complex care needs are on the rise. As providers adapt, home care technology is stepping in to fill the gaps. With the right technology, home care professionals can find and use health information more efficiently. They
September 15, 2016

Struggling to Schedule Care for a Parent with Complex Care Needs?

Caregiving can take a lot out of a person. If you have a parent with complex care needs, you may feel like you’re constantly pressed for time. Planning for the medical and care needs of a loved one is an often-overlooked stressor for caregivers. Complex care needs can make the process especially challenging. When a parent is diagnosed with several
September 13, 2016

Building Real Circles of Care for Complex Patients at Home

Doctors, nurses, and medical specialists. Pharmacists. Paid caregivers and loving family members. These people are critical to the wellbeing of complex-needs patients. Together, they form circles of care. Now, more than ever, we’re aware of the importance of relationships in medical treatment and caregiving. These connections provide more than compassion and support. Strengthening them leads to better coordination and more responsive
September 8, 2016

4 Social Isolation Symptoms Nursing Homes Need to Watch For

Do you work for a facility that provides care for older adults? If so, you’ve probably seen some of your residents grapple with loneliness. Luckily, by watching for symptoms of social isolation, you can help nip these feelings in the bud. Whether you’re a facility operator, manager, or hands-on caregiver, you probably got into the business to improve lives. And it’s certainly
September 8, 2016

How Ontario is Providing Better Complex Care At Home

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
September 1, 2016

5 Ways To Keep Your Elderly Parent Safe at Home

Seeing changes in an elderly parent age can be a difficult, and even alarming, experience. Perhaps dad’s bills are piling up, and he’s neglecting things he once took pride in. Maybe mom’s forgetfulness is starting to look like a precursor to something more serious. Suddenly, the roles you and your parent have always played are reversed. You’re the caregiver, and
August 30, 2016

Is Chronic Disease Management Possible in Rural Places?

Every year, the number of Canadians with chronic diseases grows. The need for services that support chronic disease management has never been greater. Fortunately, there’s reason for optimism. We’re witnessing the rise of the empowered patient. If you work in home care, you’re already aware that this is good news for those with chronic diseases. Empowerment means more control over