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

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