Senior Friendly Care

Improving the health and well-being of seniors in hospital

Seniors are three times more likely to be hospitalized than younger people and receive care in nearly every area of the hospital. A hospital stay can have a major influence on the health and well-being of seniors.

However, evidence shows that seniors’ health declines the longer they stay in hospital as a result of complications, lack of activity, and infections. This can lead to longer hospital stays and reduce their chances of returning home and regaining their health and independence.Senior Friendly Hospital logo

Ontario’s Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) are leading a Senior Friendly Hospital strategy – an initiative to improve seniors’ health and prevent their physical and mental decline in hospital. By acting together, hospitals can improve the experience and outcomes of older adults in Ontario hospitals.

The Senior Friendly Hospital strategy aims to:

  • Improve the health, wellbeing and experience of seniors in Ontario hospitals, helping them get back home sooner and healthier.
  • Improve seniors’ ability to live independently and stay out of hospital.
  • Enhance the value of health care dollars.
  • Help reduce ALC through supporting people to transition to the right place of care after a hospital stay.
  • Promote quality improvement initiatives that can be included in hospital Quality Improvement Plans as part of Excellent Care for All.

As a first step, each hospital assessed their successful seniors’ initiatives, and identified opportunities for improvement and action. All adult hospitals in Ontario have completed a Senior Friendly Hospital assessment. Summary reports for each LHIN were developed in collaboration with the Regional Geriatric Programs of Ontario.

The Mississauga Halton LHIN hospitals have been participating in the Senior Friendly Hospital Initiative and will continue to promote the implementation of SFH improvement plans that will help prevent hospital acquired delirium and functional decline. A Senior Friendly Hospital Working Group for the Mississauga Halton  
LHIN has been meeting to monitor and sustain hospital and system improvements that will help prevent functional decline, improve the patient experience, enable hospital staff and improve equity.