Complex Care

February 13, 2018

4 Self-Care Challenges to Overcome After a Heart Attack

February is Heart and Stroke Awareness Month. Given that heart disease impacts approximately 2.4 million Canadians, educating the public is important. At Aetonix, we believe strongly that better understanding a health condition is one of the keys to prevention. When we say “prevention,” we’re not just talking about preventing heart attacks, strokes, and the conditions that lead up to them. We’re
January 25, 2018

4 Chronic Conditions—and Their Coordination Challenges

Coordinating a patient’s care is never simple. But when more than one chronic disease is involved, the task becomes especially complex. If you’re a care coordinator, connecting clients to services to help manage their comorbid conditions is a big part of your job. Providing this support is about more than understanding chronic diseases individually. It means cultivating extensive knowledge on
June 15, 2017

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 members of at-home patients wind
May 18, 2017

Rural Vs. Urban Care Coordinators: Who Has it Harder?

Are you an Ontario care coordinator or case manager? If so, you’re a valuable resource to all of your clients—and probably a lifeline for many. No matter where you work in the province, you strive to ensure that all of the work you do is patient-centred. These are characteristics you share with your fellow care coordinators and case managers. It
May 16, 2017

3 Tips: Helping Wound Care Patients Feel Less Self Conscious

Treating a patient with a chronic wound requires sensitivity and compassion. For most people, it’s hard to imagine the pain of broken skin that doesn’t heal predictably. But wound care nurses see this pain everyday—and they know it’s more than just skin deep. Sadly, the emotional and psychological distress that often accompany a chronic wound are all too real. In
April 25, 2017

Wound Care: 3 Principles for Treating Complex Patients

One-third of all home care patients have wound care needs. We’ve used this statistic on the Aetonix blog before, but it bears repeating. The demand for enterostomal therapy nurses (ENTs) is high. So high, in fact, that it’s outstripping the supply of trained specialists. This is bad news for patients—especially those who receive care at home. Of course, it’s not
February 1, 2017

Can We Reduce Readmissions for Patients with Multiple Chronic Conditions?

In 2012, newspapers around the country reported on a major finding from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). At the time of publication, one in 12 patients were readmitted to hospitals within 30 days of discharge. This figure sounds high – and it is. But for many health care professionals, it didn’t come as a shock. Ensuring proper support
November 22, 2016

The Key to Better Complex Care? Improved Care-Plan Sharing

Coordinating care for patients has never been more difficult. And unless things change, this task will only get harder in the years ahead. If you work in health care, you’ve seen the trends. You know that chronic disease rates are growing (by a whopping 14% each year), along with the demand for services in the community. You’re also aware that
November 17, 2016

Helping Long-Distance Patients Live Well With Remote Care

Patients who live outside of cities don’t always receive the best quality of care. And sometimes it may seem that delivering positive health outcomes just isn’t possible. For urban doctors with patients in remote areas, recognizing this inequality can be difficult – even heartbreaking. Many wish they could do more to help, but geography gets in the way. Luckily, there
November 2, 2016

How Technology Can Prevent Canada’s Looming Health Care Crisis

We’ve heard it many times before. Canada is headed for a health care crisis. Our system isn’t sustainable. Our aging population will bankrupt us. These ideas can make for compelling news stories, but they are perhaps a tad dramatic. Health care leaders and practitioners know that the factors impacting expenditures in the sector are complex. Distilling them into soundbites does
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

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