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The Telehomecare (THC) program links patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) or Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) to registered nurses who provide remote monitoring and regular health coaching sessions.
Telehomecare is supported by the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN ) This program is designed to help patients achieve the best possible quality of life by learning to manage their condition.
"It is like having your own nurse in your home daily...They know your issues and needs. What a fantastic service! What a fabulous way to keep patients out of hospital!"
HOW DOES THE TELEHOMECARE PROGRAM WORK?
It is easy and it takes just a few minutes a day!
Each weekday you will answer a few simple questions and use special equipment to check your blood pressure, weight, heart rate and oxygen levels. The equipment automatically sends the results to your Telehomecare Nurse who will review them and identify any concerns. Once a week, your Telehomecare Nurse will call you to discuss your health, answer any questions and guide you in setting achievable goals. Your Telehomecare Nurse will keep your current health care providers up to date on the progress in the program.
The goal of the program is to teach you to be independent and in control of your illness. There is no cost to you for the program and the home monitoring equipment is loaned to you while you are in the program. In the Northwest Region the program is funded by the
North West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN).
The Telehomecare program is a six month program. You will continue to see your doctor and other members of your healthcare team as required.
WHO CAN SIGN UP FOR THE TELEHOMECARE PROGRAM?
Telehomecare is appropriate for patients who:
- are living with mild to moderate symptoms of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) or Congestive Heart Failure (HF);
- are over 18 years of age;
- have an active Ontario health card;
- are capable of learning and understanding instructions; or have a care provider to assist; and
- live in a residential setting with an active telephone line or internet to support the technology.
DO I NEED A REFERRAL FOR THE TELEHOMECARE PROGRAM?
No. Anyone can refer to the program- family, friends, physicians, nurses and pharmacists. If you have COPD or Heart Failure and meet the above criteria, you are eligible for the program.
If you would like to speak to the Telehomecare Team about your eligibility please call 807-767-6960 or 1-855-272-5350.
WHO WILL BE CARING FOR ME DURING THE TELEHOMECARE PROGRAM?
A Telehomecare nurse, trained in chronic diseases, becomes part of your overall care team. The nurse will help you set goals, and will provide health coaching to empower you to take care of your own health.
Your Telehomecare nurse will support you to:
- set healthy living goals;
- complete tasks using the Telehomecare equipment (for example, use a blood pressure cuff to take your blood pressure);
- submit daily readings; and
- engage in short education sessions using the telephone.
WHAT IF MY CONDITION GETS WORSE?
You and your Telehomecare nurse are partners in managing your health, along with your current health care providers.
Together with the THC Nurse you will learn to recognize early signs that your condition may be getting worse, so that you can better manage your daily life. If your daily results are a cause for concern, the nurse will call you. If you have concerns about how you are feeling or about your test results, you can call the nurse at any time during regular weekday hours.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I FINISH THE PROGRAM?
At the end of the Program, you will have acquired new skills to help you better manage your condition over the longer term, and be connected with local health and community services to support you. As well, a summary of your care plan will be provided to your health care provider(s) to assist in your ongoing care.
For more information or to register or this program please call 807-767-6960 or 1-855-272-5350.