Alternative Level of Care Transitional Rehab

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Bayshore Healthcare, in collaboration with IOOF Seniors Home Inc. and the North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN, launches Alternative Level of Care Transitional Rehab

MISSISSAUGA, ON (December 17, 2018) Working with IOOF Seniors Home Inc. and the North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network (NSM LHIN), Bayshore Healthcare has opened a 29-bed Alternative Level of Care (ALC) Transitional Rehab Program to smoothly transition patients out of hospital and back into their own homes.

The ALC Transitional Rehab Unit is being operated by Bayshore’s Integrated Care Solutions team in a local Barrie retirement home. “The Transitional ALC program enhances the recovery process by helping patients regain their strength and independence before moving back home,” says Karen Fisher, Director of Community Partnerships, Bayshore HealthCare. Eligible individuals receive high-quality comprehensive care, in a supportive congregate community setting.

The program fills a gap in the current health system by providing intensive rehab and restorative care to patients in the program. The amount of time ALC patients remain in the hospital is decreased, allowing them to transition to a more appropriate environment based on their needs. This value based care model focuses on individualized programs, developed for each client by taking into account their goals and family supports to help them return to their home.

“This investment from the North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN helps to ensure that all partners in the delivery of services are working together toward the common goal of providing the best care possible, at the right time and place, to support people in making a safe transition home from hospital,” says Jill Tettmann, CEO of NSM LHIN.

The key objective of the program is to ensure that patients and their families have all of the proper supports and services in place for a smooth and successful transition home. Additionally, the program aims to reduce the pressure on ALC beds, unscheduled emergency department visits and hospital readmissions within the NSM LHIN by increasing community supports.

“Programs like this one demonstrate how important it is for our community healthcare services to be partners,” says Anita Fitches, Director, Integrated Care Solutions at Bayshore HealthCare. “We are excited to spread this innovative model of care in the NSM LHIN and continue working together to find ways to improve hallway medicine and create better experiences for the people of our community and beyond.”

“Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre’s occupancy rates have exceeded 115 per cent for well over a year now. This often means patients are cared for in untraditional spaces such as hallways or temporary surge units,” says Janice Skot, RVH president and CEO. “This outstanding partnership and the opening of these much-needed beds allows more patients to be cared for in a more appropriate, comfortable setting that better suits their medical needs. Safely transitioning patients out of hospital also means more beds are available in our health centre for acutely ill patients who need hospitalization.”

With strong support from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the NSM LHIN, Bayshore aims to expand the current level of support and services available to ALC clients in the community.

About Bayshore

Bayshore HealthCare is one of the country’s leading providers of home and community health care services and is a Canadian-owned company. With over 100 locations across the country, including 65 home care offices, 13 pharmacies and 66 community care clinics, Bayshore has more than 13,000 staff members and provides care to over 350,000 clients. Its services are purchased by government care programs, insurance companies, workers’ compensation boards, health care organizations, the corporate sector and the public. The Bayshore brand extends across four business divisions: Bayshore Home Health (medical and non-medical home care and staffing services), Bayshore Home Care Solutions (home care services for government care programs), Bayshore Specialty Rx (specialty pharmacy, infusion and pharmaceutical patient support services), and Bayshore Therapy & Rehab (physiotherapy and rehabilitation services). The company’s goal is to enhance the quality of life, well-being, dignity and independence of Canadians of all ages. Bayshore HealthCare has been a recipient of Canada’s Best Managed Companies award since 2006.

For more information, including admission criteria,

Karen Fisher, Director of Community Partnerships
Bayshore HealthCare
905-822-8075 ext 32434