Mid-East Toronto Sub-Region
Primary Care e-blast
Virtual home care options for your CHF and COPD patients
May 3, 2019
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and heart failure (CHF) are responsible for significant health care costs in Ontario. One program developed to improve the management of these conditions is Telehomecare, which provides six months of health status monitoring and patient self-management education at no cost to participating COPD and heart failure patients. With more than 3,000 Telehomecare patients enrolled between 2012 and 2016, research has shown that the program reduced emergency department visits and hospital admissions. Health coaching will help to build the skills to review each patient’s own situation, make decisions and plan for healthy living.
You may use your standard Home Care Services referral form: option for Telehomecare is located near the bottom of the page.
The program offers patient service for a limited time (on average six months). At the end of the program, the patient will have learned self-management skills and have been introduced to local health and community services. The patient will continue to have appointments with their health care provider as required. The Telehomecare nurse will also partner with each health care provider and other members of the patient care team, keeping them regularly informed and working with them. A discharge summary is provided to the primary care provider who will continue to support the care plan.
- Physician fact sheet
- Patient handout for COPD
- Patient handout for heart failure
- Home and Community Care referral form
For more information about either Telehomecare program call the Toronto Central LHIN: 416-217-3841