May 10, 2023

Senior Friendly Care in North Simcoe Muskoka

The Senior Friendly Care (sfCare) Framework, developed by the Regional Geriatric Program of Toronto, provides the foundation for achieving improvements in care across the health care system, while inspiring greater collaboration between older adults and their caregivers, care providers and organizations.

Senior friendly care is preventive and proactive care that meets the unique needs of older adults. It is NOT an “add-on”, “pilot project”, or “special initiative”. It is essential foundational care implemented by all care providers within an organization and across sectors.

Senior Friendly Care helps healthcare organizations assess where they are on their sfCare journey and provides practical resources for implementing real change.

What does Senior Friendly Care look like in North Simcoe Muskoka?

While the sfCare Framework can be incorporated into any health care organization, at NSM SGS we have focused our work in helping our North Simcoe Muskoka hospitals implement initiatives supporting senior friendly care.

Over the past five years, each NSM hospital has completed the Senior Friendly Care Organizational Self-Assessment several times. Areas of focused work include, but are not limited to, training staff, implementing delirium and functional decline prevention and management programs, ensuring care during COVID focused on senior friendly principles, completing physical environment assessments of the hospital buildings, to name a few.

Watch this space to see how Senior Friendly Care will play a major role when implementing Alternate Level of Care Leading Practices.

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