Peel Long Term Care Praised By Province for Pilot Program
BRAMPTON, ON. (January 16, 2012) – A provincial evaluation has praised Sheridan Villa, a Peel Region long-term care (LTC) home in Mississauga, for a pilot program that is easing the burden on emergency departments, hospital beds and caregivers.
The Special Behaviour Support Unit (SBSU), the pilot program, is a 19-bed treatment unit for residents with progressive dementia and significant behavioural disturbances that cannot be managed in the community or a regular long-term care home.
The goal of the unit is to stabilize behaviours within four months and place residents in a regular long-term care home or the community. Since September 2010, 43 residents have been treated in the SBSU by an interdisciplinary team of Peel LTC staff and community partners.
“Peel Long Term Care has an excellent track record of care at our five homes,” said Carolyn Clubine, Director, Peel LTC. “This program has been tremendously successful and we anticipate that after this excellent evaluation, the pilot program will be made permanent at Sheridan Villa.”
The independent evaluation, prepared for the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, commended the Special Behaviour Support Unit for averting the use of hospital emergency departments, reducing caregiver burnout, assisting with the flow of alternate level care patients from hospitals, and maximizing existing community resources.
The unit was created by the Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), in collaboration with Peel LTC. Medical directors across Peel’s five LTC homes have long advocated for the creation of such a unit to enhance services for long-term care residents. Because of its relatively new redevelopment, Sheridan Villa was chosen for the pilot program.
In addition to the SBSU, the concept of a specialized treatment unit is part of a recently announced Behaviour Support Ontario initiative. The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care will provide funding for all LHINs to develop new support services for residents with progressive dementia, both in the community and in LTC homes. Under this program, Peel LTC will work with the Mississauga Halton LHIN and the Central West LHIN for new supports in the Region’s homes.
The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves more than one million residents in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the town of Caledon.
Sheridan Villa, a Peel Region long-term care home, has received accolades from the provincial
government for its Special Behaviour Support Unit. The unit is a pilot program that is reducing
pressures on hospital beds, emergency rooms and caregivers.