March 13, 2019
 

Telehomecare: Helps patients manage chronic disease and live their healthiest life

Living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and congestive heart failure (CHF) can be a challenge, with symptoms making daily activities difficult and often resulting in significant time spent in the doctor’s office, the emergency department or hospital.

Telehomecare is a free six-month health coaching and remote monitoring program designed to support patients with COPD or CHF. It aims to provide the necessary knowledge and skills to effectively manage these conditions from the comfort of home.

A very individualized service, Telehomecare patients work alongside a nurse to create an action plan that meets their goals, such as quitting smoking, getting more exercise, or eating better. Patients are then provided with easy-to-use equipment to measure their blood pressure, oxygen levels and weight. These readings are sent remotely to a specially trained Telehomecare nurse. If there are changes, the nurse gets in touch to discuss what might be contributing to the issue and ways to get back on track. Weekly coaching and encouragement from the nurse also helps patients to reach their goals.

Patients who complete the Telehomecare program experience, on average, 50% fewer hospital visits, which means they enjoy a healthier life and have more time to do the things they love with their family and friends.

If you have COPD or CHF and a history of emergency visits or hospital admissions, Telehomecare can help. To register, visit myvirtualhealth.ca.

If you are a doctor looking to refer a patient, complete and fax the referral form, available by LHIN at RxTelehomecare.ca