Can Care Coordinators Overcome Language Barriers?

Care coordinators face countless challenges, and communication is one of the biggest. No matter how good you are at your job, communication breakdowns within circles of care create major problems. The relationships between care coordinators and patients are fundamental to home and community care. In Ontario, they’re a large part of what keeps care patient-centred. … Continued

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 … Continued

3 Things Care Coordinators Provide that Nobody Else Can

Professional care coordinators play a crucial role in the home care ecosystem. But if you fill one of these roles, you’ve probably heard from plenty of frustrated people. There’s the patient who wants to see a particular nurse. The son who’s trying to get in touch with somebody who can explain the health care services … Continued

5 Ways Information Technology Can Improve Home Wound Care

The demand for wound care has never been greater. And as the population ages and chronic disease rates continue to rise, it’s unlikely that this need will slow down in the coming years. Clearly, Canada needs more specialists in the field—and we need them now. But change doesn’t happen overnight. So it’s important for care … Continued

Reducing Diabetic Amputations: What Wound Care Teams Can Do

  Now more than ever, those who specialize in treating wounds are in a position to make a difference. With diabetes and other chronic diseases on the rise, wound care services are in demand. Knowledge in the area is growing. Today, practitioners know a lot about helping at-risk patients avoid the most serious consequences of … Continued

Rick’s Story

On July 27th, 2016, Rick O’Neil woke up in a bed at Arnprior Hospital. He had no idea what he was doing there. When he noticed two red marks on his chest, the doctor had to explain that they’d been caused by the defibrillator paddles used to revive him. Rick had been brought back from … Continued

Provinces with Lower Hospital Readmissions: What Can They Teach Us?

Unplanned hospital readmissions can have extremely negative impacts on the lives of patients. They can compromise the efficiency of hospitals and care provider organizations. And of course, they can be very costly. Unfortunately, readmissions are a major concern across Canada. Growing rates of chronic and complex conditions are bringing discharged patients back into acute care. … Continued

How to Make Dying at Home Better for Ontarians

In recent years, there’s been a lot of discussion about palliative care. Now, more than ever, policymakers are asking questions about death. One of the most important centres around whether dying at home is a right. For the public and private agencies responsible for delivering care at home, the focus is different. Whether you’re a … Continued

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

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