Helping seniors live their best life

We’re once again celebrating Seniors Month in the theme of “Living Your Best Life,” which rings true for many people in the communities we serve. The population in the Central West region is rapidly aging, with the number of seniors aged 65+ expected to increase by 62 per cent by 2025. To ensure seniors continue to live their best lives, we need to ensure that the health care system is there to support them when they need it.

Growing for the ages

One way Osler has committed to being there for senior patients is by building dynamic new clinical spaces to ensure that we are able to meet the changing needs of our growing patient population. We’ve made a conscious effort to redevelop some of our physical spaces, like the new Peel Memorial, and evolve our programs with seniors in mind.

One of the many unique features of Peel Memorial is our outdoor spaces, which includes a courtyard dedicated to rehabilitation for senior patients. This area is connected to our rehabilitation centre and has been designed with pathways that each have a different surface to help patients practice their mobility.

Check out the many senior-friendly features we’ve considered at Peel Memorial:

Seniors will also be assisted in getting prompt access to outreach and outpatient services that will help them maintain their independence at home and in the community. Specialized geriatric clinics like stroke and fall prevention, as well as short-term rehabilitation, will be available for seniors with complex medical and functional issues.

We’ve found our NICHE

Osler is also proud to have achieved Exemplar status of the Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) program at both acute care sites – Brampton Civic and Etobicoke General Hospitals. This designation recognizes our ongoing, high-level dedication to geriatric care.

We’ve embraced this approach through the development of senior-focused outpatient programs a Nurse-Led Outreach Team that partners with long-term care facilities in the community to provide timely care to seniors and an interprofessional Geriatric Outreach Team that provides in-home, non-urgent geriatric assessment to frail seniors who are unable to attend clinic visits.

We’ve also created the volunteer-led Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP) where trained volunteers do activities with elderly patients to keep them engaged and reduce key delirium risk factors.

Elders are an important part of the communities we serve and ensuring they receive the unique health care services they need is as important to us as it is to their families. We are proud to be a part of their healthy lifestyle so many can continue to live their best life.