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shley Ermineskin, Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), fulfilled her childhood dream of becoming a nurse when she graduated from NorQuest College two years ago. She came to work with Dr. Sunil Datar a year ago and is his partner in the home visit model of care. Ashley’s innate friendliness and compassion make her a good match for this work. Her superior organizational skills and kind temperament ensure that patients who reach her are comforted by her manner and feel assured that there will be appropriate followup on their request. Dr. Datar says that matching staff with positions that let their natural abilities shine is important and is key to this model of care’s success. Dr. Datar came to Canada from India in 1980 with the intention of being a cardiologist. A five-year stint at the Cross Cancer Institute introduced him to the concept of palliative care - where compassion and kindness are foremost in dealing with people who are dying – and changed everything for him. “This is not a book you read. This is not a certificate you acquire. This is something that needs to come from your heart. If it comes from your heart, it is a true passion. That is where this concept of home visits came from,” said Dr. Datar. “This is a simple concept. It stems from common sense. If the patient is immobile or the family structure is complicated and it is difficult for a caregiver to transport the patient or get time off work to bring the patient to the clinic, it makes logical sense for the team to visit.” Over the last ten years in his general practice out of the Symphony Medical Clinic in Spruce Grove, Dr. Datar has refined his home visit model of care for his geriatric and palliative patients. Completing the model are the LPNs he employs and engages with in either home care or assisted-living facilities. Ashley’s multi-faceted role begins in the clinic office. She triages the calls that come in for Dr. Datar from nurses at various healthcare facilities, Discharge Planning Services at Edmonton hospitals, home care nurses, and families and caregivers of patients. Some patients may require something simple like a prescription refill, and Ashley can arrange that with Dr. Datar. Other requests are more urgent and Ashley, in consultation with Dr. Datar, will schedule a home visit

(From top) Ashley Ermineskin, LPN, triaging information from a patient; Dr. Sunil Datar, Symphony Medical Clinic, Spruce Grove.

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CARE – Fall 2014 | College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta  

In this issue: A unique home visit model of care is making life easier for palliative and geriatric patients in the Edmonton area. Does poor...

CARE – Fall 2014 | College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta  

In this issue: A unique home visit model of care is making life easier for palliative and geriatric patients in the Edmonton area. Does poor...