Posted by Steve Jones
Tue, Aug 27, 2013
There are many types of Ontario health care centres. From in-home care to urgent care, there is a care centre with professional health workers that offers the health services you and your loved one are looking for. Don't worry if you're wondering where does my loved one go for...? Use this easy Q & A list to get started.
Q & A List of Ontario Health Care Centres
Q: Where does my loved one go for consistent, personalized, private health care?
A: In-home care offers personalized, private health care for seniors. Tailor the type of care to best meet your loved one's needs, including live-in care, at-home companionship care, and 24-support care. Qualified, compassionate, and experienced caregivers and registered nurses provide in-home Ontario health care.
Q: Where does my loved one go when they need to treat a minor illness or when their doctor is away?
A: The walk-in clinic offers medical services for people with non-urgent health needs. Visit a walk-in clinic to see a doctor or nurse who can treat minor infections and minor conditions like sprains, cuts, and skin rashes. Many walk-in clinics have weekend and evening hours and do not require an appointment.
Q: Where does my loved one go when they need immediate medical attention but do not need to go to the emergency room?
A: The urgent care centre offers medical services for people with urgent health needs that are not life-threatening. Doctors and nurses diagnose, treat, and may offer follow-up appointments for urgent health conditions like chest pain, abdominal pain, fractures, and minor burns. Urgent care centres also offer intravenous antibiotics, blood work, or rehydration treatments for people in need.
Q: Where does my loved one go when they have a life-threatening health condition?
A: The emergency room offers 24/7 medical services for people with sudden, serious, and severe health needs that are life-threatening. Emergency doctors and nurses stabilize, diagnose, and treat critical health conditions like breathing complications, loss of consciousness, and critical chest pain.
Q: Where does my loved one go when they need continuous care for a chronic health condition or acute illness?
A: The nurse practitioner-led clinic offers continuous care, support, and screening for people with chronic health conditions or acute illnesses. The nurse practitioner diagnoses conditions, orders laboratory tests, writes prescriptions, and performs wellness checks. The nurse practitioner works alongside registered nurses, dieticians, and socials workers to help prevent disease and promote health. This type of Ontario care centre is an alternative to doctor office care.
Q: Where does my loved one go when they do not have a health care provider or do not have insurance?
A: The community health centre or CHC offers a variety of medical services for people with barriers to Ontario health care, including poverty and homelessness. The CHC is a one-building facility that houses doctors, nurses, social workers, dieticians, and therapists for people who cannot access a primary family health care provider or a family health team. The CHC also provides health services and programs in multiple languages.
Q: Where does my loved one go when they want diabetes care, a mammogram, or immunizations?
A: The diabetes education program, breast screening centre, and the public health unit each offer specific health services and programs for people with these needs. Professional health care providers like registered dieticians, radiologists, and public health nurses perform respective services at each of these Ontario health care centres.
For more Ontario health care centre videos, go to the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Types of Care Centres webpage. Then, click on any care centre link.