Coordinating Care

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
January 18, 2018

5 Challenges for Complex Care Coordinators in Rural Areas

Care coordination is a difficult job under any circumstances. That said, working in rural areas can be especially challenging. Complex patients living outside of city centers face the same health issues as their urban counterparts. Unfortunately, their difficulties are often compounded by their distance from healthcare resources. If you’re a rural care coordinator, narrowing this distance is one of the
September 14, 2017

LTC Homes: It’s Time to Fix the Care Plan Approval Process

It’s one of the most delicate issues in long term care. In most facilities, there are residents who just don’t have the capacity to make their own personal care decisions. In these cases, a substitute decision maker must be appointed. This person—whether she’s a family member or some other individual with power of attorney—needs to sign off on all care
August 24, 2017

4 Aetonix Posts Care Coordinators Need to Read Today

In Ontario and across Canada, home care landscapes are changing. The needs of patients are shifting, and frontline practitioners are being confronted by a whole lot of new challenges. At Aetonix, we regularly explore what these changes mean for care coordinators. Compared to most health care professionals, care are coordinators fill a relatively new role. If you occupy one of these
August 17, 2017

Ontario Doctors Still Struggle with Care Coordination

A recent report from Health Quality Ontario contained some worrying insights. Chief among them: many of the province’s primary care physicians struggle with care coordination. How can this be? In recent years, policymakers have placed major emphasis on helping patients navigate the health care system. They’ve recognized the role care coordination plays in patient-centred care. Unfortunately, change takes time. And
August 10, 2017

4 Barriers to Care Coordination—and How Technology Can Help

Ontario is seeing an influx of complex patients. And their needs pose a serious challenges to the province’s health care system. In this new climate, practitioners must work together across care provider organizations. As a result, care coordination has never been more critical. Luckily, there are many devoted professionals who are dedicated to finding patient-centred solutions. Care coordinators and case
August 3, 2017

Health Care Project Managers: Here’s the Key to Scaling Up

Health care project managers carry the weight of a lot of responsibility. Planning, overseeing, and evaluating initiatives that have a direct impact on the health of Ontarians is no small feat. No matter what organization she works for, a project manager has to see the big picture—and be aware of the details. She has to know when to delegate, while
July 27, 2017

4 Qualities Every Care Coordinator Should Have 

If you’re a care coordinator, you’re a crucial part of Ontario’s home care system. You make it possible practitioners from different disciplines to work together toward common goals. You also work closely with patients, ensuring they’re always at the centre of their care. It’s not an easy job. Like nurses and family caregivers, you face the threat of burnout brought
July 20, 2017

Palliative Care: Unique Coordination Challenges

Providing high-quality palliative care demands a lot from health practitioners. While it’s true that care should always be patient-centred, these words take on greater significance during the final stage of life. For health care providers, sensitivity and compassion are key. Palliative patients often have unique pain-related issues, as well as pressing psychological and spiritual needs. Those involved in providing care
July 13, 2017

Getting Care Teams on Board with Communication Technology

If you’re involved in coordinating the care of complex patients, you know the value of communication. It’s something we talk about a lot on this blog, and for good reason. Today, technology makes communication easier than ever before. The click of a key or the tap of a screen can connect two people across the globe. Videoconferencing makes it possible
July 6, 2017

Bridging the Transition to Home: Tips for Care Coordinators

According to a 2012 study, one in 12 Canadian patients is readmitted to the hospital within 30 days. Why do so many people who have been discharged wind up back in acute care? In many cases, the answer may be faulty discharge planning and poor communication. Providing adequate care for a single at-home patient can be a complicated process—one that
July 4, 2017

4 Online Wound Care Resources to Make a Nurse’s Life Easier

If you’re a nurse, you’ve made a commitment to lifelong learning. From the evolution of best practices to new products and treatments, there’s always new information to absorb. This is especially true in rapidly advancing fields—like wound care. Progress in wound care over the last two decades has been remarkable. Today, there are more educational materials than ever before to
June 29, 2017

Care Coordinators: Helping Patients Transition to Community Care

Often, care coordinators come into patients’ lives at a difficult time. By the time your assigned to somebody, she’s probably had a lot of experience with the health care system. And it’s likely that some of it has left her frustrated. During transitions from hospital to home, these emotions can be especially strong. The triage process can leave patients feeling
June 27, 2017

Measuring Quality for Money in Wound Management

If you work with chronic wounds, you know your skill set is in demand. And due to increasing rates of diseases like diabetes, the need for high-quality wound care is only growing. In home care particularly, there’s never been a greater need for improved wound management processes. Of course, a big part of improving these processes is making them more
June 22, 2017

The Future of Care Coordinator-Physician Collaboration

If you’re a care coordinator, your value to home care patients is enormous. But how well aware are other health care professionals of the contributions you make? For example, do always you receive the full cooperation of all of the physicians you work with? The truth is, there are often obstacles to getting busy professionals to collaborate—even though it’s almost