The Restore program is targeted to adults in hospital who no longer require hospital treatment; but they need a period of time to recover their strength, endurance or functioning and have the potential to return to their home. Those patients are transferred from hospital to a dedicated 35-bed unit at Cooksville Long Term Care Centre (located in Mississauga) and are served by a multidisciplinary health care team focusing on restoring physical function and facilitating activities of daily living in preparation for a return to independent living at home. This program has a positive impact on the health-care system by freeing up acute care spaces and avoiding placement in long-term care.
Joan, 81, is a widow now living in a retirement home in Milton and is a past patient of our Restore program. When Joan first went to the Restore program after a stay in the hospital, she was not walking.
"They got me back on my feet. I had a good time. It was hard. The people that work there are very dedicated. I was not ready for long-term care. It was nice to be in a place where people are checking on you," explains Joan.
Through hard work with a team of dedicated health care professionals Joan is now able to walk on her own and is much stronger and is able to manage on her own.
"I needed to strengthen my legs and arms. With the exercises that I learned at the Restore program, they got me walking again," adds Joan.
Patients such as Joan receive intense daily physiotherapy and other supports that help them regain their strength and prepare them to return home and live independently.
Mississauga Halton CCAC care coordinator Lorna Patrick-Woolery conducted an assessment of Joan at the facility. Lorna made arrangements for in-home and community support services before Joan's discharge from the Restore program. Lorna is a registered nurse and has worked as a community care coordinator for 15 years.
"I like to see people get better. Some patients don't have family and I advocate for them. I enjoy the caring aspect of my job. Patients such as Joan thrive out of the hospital," says Lorna.
Lorna adds, "The Restore program provides transitional care for patients to regain their strength before returning home. These patients are receiving intensive care, for example, physiotherapy to help them regain their strength."
The Mississauga Halton CCAC determines eligibility for the program; manages program application and admission process; participates in development of personalized care plans, which include patients' goals and discharge plans. The average length of the stay in this program is four to six weeks.
Not only do such programs take pressure off hospitals, but they are so much better for patients. Patients are less likely to be exposed to superbugs that are problematic at some hospitals. By lying in hospital beds for more than 24 hours, patients can lose mobility, which in turn can diminish their chances of living independently.
Patients that are admitted to the Restore program (referral must come from the Mississauga Halton CCAC) can come from the hospital or the community; however, the majority come from the hospital. Patients commit to participating in the daily activities and to their care plan.
The program is a joint initiative of Cooksville Long-term Care Home, the Mississauga Halton CCAC, Trillium Health Partners and Halton Healthcare Services. The Mississauga Halton LHIN is the funding agency.
For more information about the Restore program please visit www.healthcareathome.ca/mh or call 310-2222 (no area code required).