March 13, 2018
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Care Providers: How to Support Family Caregivers

Family caregivers deserve more credit than they get. They give up their valuable time to ensure that their ill loved ones can receive the care they need. Having the assistance of a home care nurse or PSW can help to relieve a great amount of stress from these compassionate individuals. Most likely, you wish you could do even more to help. Supporting
March 6, 2018

4 Tips for Caregivers of Chronically Ill Loved Ones

Being involved in the coordination of a loved one’s care is an exhausting and at times, frustrating, task. This applies if you are a full-time caregiver, or even just helping out. The person you’re caring for could be a child, a spouse, or an aging parent. In any of these situations, helping to manage one or more chronic illnesses can make
February 27, 2018

4 Tips for Helping a Loved One Recover from Surgery at Home

Recovering from surgery can be an incredibly challenging experience. Unfortunately, many patients struggle physically, emotionally, and psychologically. Receiving the right support is crucial. That said, if your loved one is about to undergo surgery, you may be finding it difficult to anticipate her needs. The type of support you should provide will depend largely on the type of surgery she’s
February 23, 2018

How Health Links Keeps Improving for Complex Patients

Those who work in healthcare know how much support highly-complex patients require. If you’re not a health professional, here’s a statistic that’s sure to surprise you. An estimated 5% of Ontario’s population accounts for two-thirds of healthcare spending. Of course, it’s not all about money. Consider the day-to-day difficulties faced by many patients who make up that 5 per cent.
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
February 6, 2018

Overcoming Major Obstacles to Diabetes Care on First Nations

Diabetes rates have exploded in recent years. And unfortunately, some groups are at higher risk than others. According to a recent study, about 8 in 10 First Nations young adults will develop diabetes in their remaining lifetime. The study also found that rural First Nations people had a higher lifetime risk that those who lived in urban environments. For many
February 1, 2018

3 Challenges Respiratory Therapists Face in Home Care

Breathing is critical to life, which means keeping airways clear can be highly stressful. If you’re a respiratory therapist, you know how critical every intubation is. Performing vital procedures is a big part of your job, especially in intensive care. But what happens outside of the hospital walls? Increasingly, care is being delivered in the community. This is especially true
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
January 11, 2018

How to Help an Elderly Loved One—Without Being Intrusive

If you’re worried about an elderly loved one, your first instinct is probably to step in and help. But what happens when the person you care about doesn’t want your help? How do you contribute to the safety, health, and happiness of a family member who sees your efforts as invasive?  It’s tough to balance, but often, finding out why
January 4, 2018

Signs Your Elderly Loved One Should Try a Communication App

  Does your elderly loved one live alone? Do you sometimes worry? If so, you’re not alone. According to a recent survey, 83% of Canadian boomers would prefer to age at home. While it’s great that so many seniors want to remain independent, adult children often wonder how well their aging parents are coping. Luckily, technology has made it safer
December 21, 2017

4 Times Health Technology Mattered in 2017

The holidays are upon us, and 2017 is drawing to a close. Here at Aetonix, we’re looking back at the year in healthcare. Currently, there are major changes planned for home care delivery in Ontario. And recently, 2000 new beds and availabilities in hospitals, supportive housing units, and transitional care spaces were announced by the health ministry. There’s no doubt that the province has
December 14, 2017

3 Ways To Brighten The Holidays For Your Elderly Parent

It’s no secret that Christmas can be hard. Advertisements continuously tell us that this is the time of year to be with the ones we care for. It’s no wonder that people who are socially isolated often find themselves grappling with holiday depression. For many older adults, this time of year can be especially difficult. The holidays may bring on
December 7, 2017

4 Tips: Connecting With an Elderly Parent Using aTouchAway

Are you concerned about your elderly parent’s wellbeing? Aging can create a multitude of personal challenges. It’s natural to worry about how your loved one is navigating them—especially when you can’t be there to help out in person. Luckily, digital technology can improve your parent’s quality of life—and put your mind at ease. If your mom is feeling lonely, a
December 5, 2017

3 Ways Telehealth Helps Reduce Hospital Readmissions

It’s an alarming statistic. A study from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) found that 1 in 12 patients is readmitted to a hospital within 30 days of being discharged. In hospitals, physicians and nurses can monitor patients continuously. Unfortunately, care-related challenges are often compounded in less-controlled environments. At home, patients play a much larger role in managing their