October marks Community Support Month in Ontario, and we recognize organizations and programs that deliver home and community care to ensure Ontarians living with disabilities, seniors and other vulnerable people are safe, happy, and healthy.
Upon discharge from hospital, many Scarborough seniors struggle with accessing and integrating new services within the community into their lives. Thanks to the generosity of the Slaight Family Foundation, the Slaight Community Reintegration Initiative was developed by Scarborough Health Network (SHN) in partnership with Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities (SCHC).
"Through this initiative, seniors can access community services directly from the hospital prior to discharge to ensure a strong link and pathway of care is established to enable a successful return back home," says Nancy Veloso, patient care director at SHN.
Scarborough’s population of 60+ residents is growing, and is predicted to double by 2040. Together with SCHC and with the support of the Slaight Family Foundation, we are laying the groundwork to ensure our seniors have the support they need right here in the community for years to come.
This opportunity to integrate services prior to the return home increases the likelihood of retaining services that ultimately help to keep seniors in their homes, and avoid return trips to the emergency room or long-term care homes.
The Slaight Community Reintegration Initiative for Scarborough Seniors offers customizable service packages to support them after they return home from the hospital, including food delivery, transportation to health care appointments, and housekeeping, to name just a few.
“By utilizing SHN’s in-house expertise and connecting at-risk seniors directly with community supports, we are ensuring that no senior falls through cracks,” says Megan Davies, manager of senior support services at SCHC. “The Slaight Community Reintegration Initiative is an excellent example of the many benefits of collaboration across the healthcare continuum. By working together, SCHC and SHN are improving healthcare transitions and therefore the overall health outcomes of our shared clients and their families, and the entire Scarborough community.”
With a thriving and growing population of Seniors in Scarborough, SHN is committed to empowering our mature adults to age confidently at home. Together with SCHC, the Slaight Family Foundation will allow us to provide easy access to the myriad of services available to ensure they are happy, healthy, and supported in the community they have called home.
By creating better pathways within the community, we can build a healthier Scarborough today.
To learn more about how SHN is supporting seniors in Scarborough, visit shn.ca/seniors-health/.