Complex care can be difficult for patients and their families to navigate. For many, dealing with several different caregivers is a big part of the challenge. This can be particularly difficult for people who receive care at home. If your loved one has a complex condition, there may be a large number of health care professionals coming and going from
If you run a residential care facility, assisted living residence, or group home, you may be thinking about adopting an electronic medical alert system. The extent to which this technology can help caregivers respond to falls, wandering episodes, and other hazardous events is nothing short of incredible. But did you know that many of these systems provide other, unexpected benefits?
Picture this. It’s late evening. You’re sitting at your desk, catching up on work. A member of your staff enters your office with a look of sheer panic on her face. What’s your first thought? If you’re in charge of operations at an assisted living or supportive housing complex, your mind probably races. Has there been an accident? Is somebody
Is it Time to Consider a Wander Alert System? It’s a caregiver’s worst nightmare. An older woman with dementia goes missing in the middle of the night. She’s prone to confusion, and lives near a major highway. Whether the woman in this scenario wanders from a residential care facility, her own home, or the home of a family
In Home Care, What Do We Really Mean By Circle of Care? Most healthcare providers have dealt with a tricky “circle of care” issue at one time or another. Perhaps you’ve found yourself confused about the boundaries of implied consent, or had trouble navigating a situation where a patient’s decision-making capacity was in question. Adding to the
5 Fall Prevention Tactics for Home Care Providers Too often, falls are seen as inevitable. Home care providers know they aren’t. Out of fear, older adults who have been diagnosed with conditions that increase the likelihood of falling may become inactive. Family members may begin looking into residential care — especially in cases where one fall has already
Caring for another person’s wound is, first and foremost, an act of compassion. Florence Nightingale, one of the few women permitted to treat wounds during the Crimean War, was praised for providing comfort and reassurance to the patients she cared for. Today, compassionate wound care is often delivered in the homes of patients. Home care nurses and personal support workers
In Ontario and across Canada, health care is changing. Policymakers are recognizing the benefits of expanding in-home medical services – especially for aging patients. These benefits go far beyond government savings to include a higher quality of life for those receiving care. Home care providers – from agency managers and directors to nurses, therapists, and personal support workers – have
Caring for someone is not always as easy as people think. Caregivers often face many obstacles that can not only be frustrating but can also cause many personal health issues. Often people decide to take on this challenge without knowing what to expect. Here are some of the top challenges caregivers should expect when caring for a loved one.