Unlike a nurse that you might see for one shift, or a few days, nurses who care for people living with chronic diseases spend more time with their patients, and have the opportunity to build relationships
The CRPCN’s chronic care nurses are system navigators – as likely to get you a referral to a dietitian or foot care specialist, as they are to recommend a class on quitting smoking, or to figure out where you can go to get your lab work done. They are experts at guiding you through the maze that is our health care system, to ensure the best health outcomes for patients with congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, atrial fibrillation, type 2 diabetes, stroke, chronic wounds, or general chronic disease
Chronic care nurses work closely with family doctors around the preparation of chronic care plans. Through planned visits, a patient registry, drug intensification protocols, and collaboration with other members of the team, our nurses helps ensure the best possible medical outcomes.
They are skilled professionals who provide a confidential place for people to share their concerns, understand or see a problem differently, or deal with issues, such as:
Social Workers are your link to community resources and services. If you have concerns about employment, income, illness, domestic violence – or any other issues, social workers assist over a broad range of issues.
The CRPCN’s Family Counsellors offer short-term counselling, consultation, specialized referrals and support for young people (ages 7-17), who are experiencing mental health difficulties. An initial assessment with 5-6 counselling sessions is aimed at empowering the young person and their families with the skills necessary to heal. Parenting support and education, as well as collaboration with other providers involved with the family, are all offered to provide the best support and a holistic approach.
Do you ever wonder how your blood pressure responds to your activities throughout the day? We offer 24-hour blood pressure monitoring program at CRPCN clinics
Many studies have now confirmed that blood pressure measured over a 24-hour period is superior to clinic blood pressure in predicting future cardiovascular events. This is a non-invasive method of obtaining blood pressure readings over a 24-hour period, while you are in your own environment, representing a true reflection of your blood pressure
You'll attend two appointments, 24 hours apart. In the first, you are fitted with a monitor by one of our nurses who specializes in 24-hour BP monitoring. Then, you'll go about your daily activities for the next 24 hours, recording your activity. When you return for your second appointment, the monitor is removed. The results are downloaded and sent to your family doctor.
Problems with feet can be the first sign of more serious medical conditions, particularly among older adults. Health problems, such as arthritis, diabetes, nerve issues, and circulatory disorders, may first be manifested in the feet. So, it’s important to pay attention to your feet and seek medical attention as soon as you notice a problem
If left untreated, small cuts and sore spots on the feet can lead to more serious infections. Foot ulcers (open wounds on the feet) are common among senior citizens who fail to notice minor foot injuries early on. Reduced nervous sensation and circulation in the feet mean that the feet need to be inspected visually
Our foot care services are administered by qualified LPNs, and include:
Healthy feet are essential to continued mobility and independence!
Our data quality team supports our physicians and nurse practitioners with:
A goal is to ensure doctors have “clean panels.” A panel is the list of patients under a physician’s care. Clean panels mean that doctors have identified the patients whose care they are responsible for, and clinics can use the electronic medical record (EMR) to provide proactive care for patients. This could mean identifying care gaps and addressing them. Care gap examples are a 55-year-old woman failing to have a mammogram for four years, or a diabetes patient who is overdue for a foot or eye exam.
Our success lies not just in the work we do in our clinics, but the work we do in our communities
Community development is just that - “community” plus “development.” The community itself engages in initiatives aimed at developing and improving their community
Our Community Development Coordinators work to increase positive community connections, develop networks of support, and build engagement opportunities for community members, alongside partner organizations. They help communities work on initiatives that contribute to health and wellness, focusing on four key areas: Early Childhood Development, Seniors, Physical Activity & Nutrition; and, Mental Health. As a couple of examples, our Community Development Coordinators were instrumental in the creation of an Older Adults Resource Handbook in Chestermere, and a Youth network in Wheatland County
Our Community Development team helps drive us towards our Vision, which is Optimal health in our communities.