Why Rural Home Care Matters – the Patient Perspective

It’s no secret that patients prefer to receive health care at home. For those who live in rural communities, this preference can be especially strong. But is it realistic? How well can our health care system really support rural home care? The truth is, rural patients don’t always receive care that meets their needs or … Continued

Supporting Family Caregivers: 3 Tips For Home Care Providers

Family caregivers deserve our admiration. They make sacrifices to ensure that their ill loved ones receive the best care possible. If you’re a home care nurse or PSW, the work you do can provide these compassionate individuals with a lot of relief. Most likely, you wish you could do even more to help. Supporting family … Continued

Why Patient Education Fails So Often

The number of Canadians living with chronic disease is at an all-time high. Many chronically-ill people manage their conditions at home, where they don’t have direct access to medical expertise. As a result, patient education has never been so important. Living independently is great. But in many cases, it requires a lot from those who … Continued

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 … Continued

Ontario’s High-Needs Patients: Can Health Links Reach Them All?

It’s a well-known problem. A small percentage of Ontario’s patient population accounts for a large percentage of health care spending. The province’s Health Links initiative was designed to fix this issue – but how well is it working? In the years since they were introduced, Health Links have had a positive impact on the lives … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

Should We Have Hospital Readmission Penalties in Canada?

Since 2012, American hospitals with high readmission rates have faced serious financial penalties. These penalties are part of a controversial initiative called the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program (HRRP). Here in Canada, unplanned hospital readmissions – especially those tied to chronic diseases – are a serious problem. These events can be extremely costly, which makes them … Continued

Overhauling Home Care Means Doing More With Less. Here’s How.

Home care is worth getting excited about. It’s cost effective. It’s in line with patient preferences. And it has the potential to provide appropriate support for many chronically-ill patients. For these reasons, many see home and community care as the ultimate solution to Canada’s healthcare problems. And yet, Ontario – a province that has wholeheartedly … Continued