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
August 25, 2016

Residents Overusing Your Nurse Call Button? Try These Tips.

If you work in residential care, you know stress. You know what it’s like to deal with many demands at once. Your facility’s nurse call system is a reminder that resident needs should always come first. Unfortunately, not all residents limit their call button usage to when they truly need assistance. This is a problem, because overuse can slow down
August 25, 2016

3 Ways To Provide Better Continuity of Care at Home

If you work in home care, you understand the importance of consistency. Whether you’re an agency operator, case manager, or caregiver, continuity of care should be one of your biggest priorities. There’s plenty of medical literature on this issue in the context of hospitals and other care facilities. But less has been written about continuity as it relates to care
August 18, 2016

Can We Improve Palliative Care in the North?

  We don’t talk enough about death. Most of us would prefer to imagine we’ll live forever. We’d also like to believe that our loved ones will be with us forever. It’s not just death we’re in denial about, but all things related to it. We really, really don’t like thinking about end-of-life care. Will I be capable of making
August 16, 2016

4 Tips For Helping a Loved One with Medication Management

Are you actively engaged in the care of an adult relative? Being a family caregiver is a ton of responsibility. So is overseeing the at-home care a loved one receives from professionals. Juggling life obligations can feel impossible; there just don’t seem to be enough hours in the day. One of the best things you can do is get organized.
August 11, 2016

How Does Your Facility’s Fall Prevention Plan Measure Up?

How many older adults have fallen in your facility this year?   Falls aren’t a pleasant thing to think about. But if you’re involved in operating a residential care home, thinking about them is a big part of your job.   You probably know the statistics. But they most certainly bear repeating, so here’s a reminder.   According to a
August 11, 2016

Why Home Care Matters in First Nations Communities

More than ever before, Canadians are receiving health care services in their homes.   Home care patients are generally happier and healthier than those in hospitals. The services they receive tend to be less costly, which means big savings for governments. It’s no wonder health care is shifting out of traditional settings.   But what do these changes mean for
August 7, 2016

Reducing Resident Evictions with Nurse to Nurse Communication

It’s a difficult subject. If you run or operate a care facility, resident discharges, evictions, and transfers are the last thing you want to think about.   No service provider wants to be in the position of having to refuse care. Telling a resident’s family you can no longer meet the needs of their loved one can be extremely difficult.
August 5, 2016

Ontario’s New Home Care Funding Mean Opportunities for Agencies

It was author Laura Ingalls Wilder who said, “home is the nicest word there is”. Today, nearly 60 years after her passing, these words are as true as ever.   Canadians are speaking up about their health care preferences, and the message is clear. Now, more than ever, they want to be cared for at home. And governments are listening.
July 26, 2016

What’s the Real Value of a Personal Support Worker?

Personal support workers (PSWs) are some of the great unsung heroes of Canadian health care. With great compassion and respect, they provide care and the necessities of life for those who need it most.   Their work isn’t glamorous. It can be mentally, physically, and emotionally demanding. Often, it’s thankless. But if you ask a PSW why they do what
July 24, 2016

Grâce à un système contre l’errance, une résidence garde l’un de ses résidents en sécurité

Imaginez le scénario suivant: il se fait tard, vous êtes assis à votre bureau, rattrapant le temps perdu sur du travail. Un membre de votre personnel entre dans la pièce en état de panique. Quelle est votre première pensée? Si vous êtes en charge d’une résidence prodiguant de l’assistance, votre esprit se met en marche. Y a-t-il eu un accident?
July 21, 2016

Top 3 Complex Care Challenges Facing Home Care Providers

The demand for home care is rising quickly. So is the number of patients with complex care needs. If you operate, manage, or work for a home care agency, you’re aware that these two trends are coming together to create some serious challenges.   In the years ahead, the business of caring for people at home will become more complicated.
July 19, 2016

How to Help a Loved One with Complex Care Needs Avoid Loneliness

If you have a loved one with complex care needs, you’ve probably given a lot of thought to their contact with the outside world.   Adult home care clients are able to retain a certain level of independence, which is wonderful. But all too often, the alone time that comes with this independence can lead to loneliness and even social
July 15, 2016

3 bénéfices surprenant liés à l’utilisation d’un système d’alerte médicale dans votre établissement

Si vous êtes responsable d’un établissement de soins, d’une résidence offrant de l’assistance ou d’une maison de groupe, vous pensez peut-être à adopter un système d’alerte médicale électronique. La capacité de cette technologie à aider les donneurs de soins à répondre aux chutes, aux épisodes d’errances et à d’autres évènements dangereux n’est pas moins qu’incroyable. Par contre, saviez-vous que ces