Home care nursing in Toronto and North York
Looking for a nursing agency in Toronto is often not easy. There are a lot of things to consider and a lot companies out there. The level of care you need may not be as high as homecare nursing, but instead a level lower at the offerings of a personal support worker (PSW). Keep reading below to define your needs and be able to choose the best Nursing Agency in Toronto. At the end of this page is a case study of one of our previous home care nursing clients.
Guardian Homecare Toronto has compiled the following guide to help you in your choice. First let’s cover the basics of nursing care.
What are nursing services?
Nursing services are wide-ranging and, in Toronto, require a qualified Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) or Registered Nurse (RN). Nursing services are required when complex care is needed, above what a personal support worker can do. Nursing services usually begin with an assessment of a patient’s care needs, and subsequent formation of a care plan. If the care plan is already formed, the nurse executes the care plan according to doctor or nurse practitioner orders.
Examples of nursing services include:
- Giving needles, drawing blood or administering immunizations
- Administering medication
- Wound care and dressing changing
A nurse is a health care professional who is trained to evaluate the patient, their environment, and the goals for maintaining, improving, or recovering the health of an individual.
What does a homecare nurse do?
A homecare nurse (also referred to as a visiting nurse) will be employed by a homecare nursing agency and will be dispatched to wherever you are living and provide the following services:
- Medication administration
- Post-operative care
- Pain management and symptoms
- Vital signs monitoring
- Foot care services by a specialised foot care in-home nurse
- Ostomy care
- Catheter care
- Palliative care services
- Changing dressings and wound care
- Charting and adjusting care plans
Home care nursing agencies in Toronto provide complex care in your own home. When receiving nursing care at home, you should be receiving a qualified visiting nurse who has:
- Advanced assessment and evaluation skills
- Effective communication skills
- Sound judgment
- Effective documentation skills
- Self direction
- Competency in technology
- The maturity to work confidently and autonomously.
Choosing a home care nursing agency in Toronto, how to?
Choosing a home care nursing agency in Toronto is not easy, because there are a lot to pick from! Being blessed with choice is good, but how do you decide which one to go with? Although you are reading a page from Guardian Homecare Toronto (and we would love to serve you!), we will be first to say that there are other good homecare nursing agencies out there.
In all honestly, in order to choose a homecare nursing company, we recommend you picking up the phone and calling, or emailing if you are not fond of phone calls, and seeing what response you get from the other side. Do you receive a quick response, helpful and thorough? Do these home care nursing agencies want your business and want to serve you quickly and cordially? The working relationship between the client’s family and the administration of the company is of utmost importance; how responsive the company will be to requests and how well they want to serve you is the bottom line.
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Visiting Nurse Credentials
With our Home Care Nursing Services in Toronto, all our RNs and RPNs have current registrations, up-to-date skills, and carry full insurance. Our private nurses are specially chosen for their desire to help and human compassion. With our home nursing services we will take the time, in your home, to discuss your health issues with you and explain any procedures in a patient and respectful way.
All Registered Nurses employed by Guardian Homecare Toronto and North York must:
- Be a current member and in good standing with the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO)
- Possess a valid, unrestricted nursing licence to practice in the province of Ontario.
- Possess a Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certificate.
- Be screened for Tuberculosis (TB).
- Have completed the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) education.
- Have had a recent Criminal Record Check.
As a Nursing Agency in Toronto, the elements of homecare nursing that are central to our practice are:
- Assessing needs, Monitoring and Clinical Decision Making
- Planning of Personal Care and coordinating the homecare nursing
- Health Maintenance, Recovery & Palliative care
When receiving nursing care services from us, we offer Registered Nurse and Registered Practical Nurse case management service. This includes:
- A free in-home assessment to discuss your nursing services needs and requests
- Regular management review visits to oversee the nursing care you receive
- Regular phone calls with family and professionals as required
Nursing Agency Toronto Case Study
One of our former clients wanted to return home from the hospital and receive nursing palliative care, surround by a familiar environment and her loving family. The family was unsure about the mother’s medical needs and nervous that they would not have the medical skills to deal with medication and pain relief injections. They hired our nursing agency around the clock for the very short time that the mother had left. For 6 days our visiting nurses helped with injections, pain management and monitoring, and answered questions that the family had.
The mother died peacefully at home, and our visiting nurses looked after everything the family was uncomfortable with, such as changing incontinence briefs and providing bed baths. The family was comfortable in their own home knowing that a home care nurse was available at any hour of the day. For us, the love and attention that was poured out from the family to the mother was overwhelming to witness, and we will never forget them.
We provide overnight nursing services in Toronto, nursing care live-in, and home care nurses by the hour, around the clock. Our home care nursing services can be provided at bedside in the hospital, in a retirement home, in a nursing home, or in your house or condo.
Contact us through email or call to discuss the needs of your loved one.
A day in the work live of a visiting homecare nurse
A day in the work life of a homecare nurse may be to do a morning visit to a house to change the bandage on a post-operative wound, then to leave and go to another client who is requesting nurse monitoring of vital signs and complex diabetes for an afternoon.