Across Ontario, 15 per cent of patients needlessly remain in hospitals waiting to transition to another, more appropriate health care facility or provider.
This creates unnecessary strain on the health care system and worsens capacity pressures in Ontario’s hospitals. That’s why the Ontario government has announced that it is investing in innovative frontline care solutions to help end hallway health care.
Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, was recently at the Reactivation Care Centre – Church Site in Toronto, a facility that supports patients in their transition from a hospital to home or alternate care, formerly Humber River Hospital, to announce the opening of two additional inpatient units that will add 40 more beds to the centre.
“Our government will end hallway health care by investing in innovative frontline care models like the Reactivation Care Centre that help make more beds available for patients transitioning between a hospital and their home,” said Elliott. “The centre provides the right level of care for patients who no longer need to be in a hospital but are waiting to transition to home, community or long-term care. Models like these help ease hospital capacity challenges and are a great example of innovative, collaborative solutions among health care providers from across the Greater Toronto Area.”
Renovations to the new units are expected to be completed in December 2019 and will increase the total number of transitional beds to 250 at the Church site. Patients will benefit from restorative care in a setting where, in addition to high-quality nursing care, they will receive therapeutic programming that promotes activity, social interaction and function to help improve health outcomes and experiences.