Communicating With An Elderly Loved One? Go Digital.

Does your elderly loved one live alone? If so, you probably worry. It’s not that your family member is incapable. It’s just that, as we age, certain things become more challenging. Of course, there are the activities of daily living, such as eating and bathing. But there’s another task that can become trickier as we

How To Support a Loved One Who’s in Long-Term Care

Placing a loved one in a long-term care can be a difficult process. The realization that a facility is the best place for your spouse or parent can bring on feelings of sadness, anxiety, and guilt. Unfortunately, these feelings probably won’t disappear immediately. Once the one you love enters a long-term care home, you’re bound

How Care Coordinators Can Reduce Stress for Family Caregivers

If you’re a care coordinator, you work hard to provide patient-centred care. This critically important concept—patient-centredness—gets a lot of attention, even outside of health care professions. But there’s another concept that care coordinators strive to embody—one that deserves a lot more consideration than it receives. We’re talking about family-centred care. All too often, the family

4 Ways Care Teams Can Support Family Caregivers Via Mobile App

Are you involved in providing care for patients who live at home? If so, you’ve probably been struck by the devotion of family members who take on care responsibilities. Today, health sector professionals are aware that it’s part of their jobs to support family caregivers. Whether you’re a doctor or a nurse, a policymaker or

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

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

5 Tips for Managing the Care of a Chronically-Ill Loved One

Are you involved in coordinating the care of a chronically-ill loved one? If so, you’re likely well-acquainted with frustration. Perhaps you’re a full-time caregiver, or maybe you’re just helping out. The person you love could be a child, a spouse, or an aging parent. Whatever your situation, if it involves helping to manage one or

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

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

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

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