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Improving health care for seniors continues to be a top priority of the Central East LHIN as the senior population continues to increase and their complex health care needs require more resources and attention.

The Central East LHIN has the largest number of seniors (65+) in the province. This priority population is growing and impacting the demand for health care services:

  • over 16% of Central East LHIN’s population are seniors aged 65+ (up from 14% in 2011);
  • by 2021 seniors will account for 18% of the Central East LHIN’s population;
  • over 40% of the 85+ population live alone in the community; and,
  • An estimated 32,700 Central East LHIN residents will be living with dementia by 2020, the second highest in Ontario (source: Alzheimer Society of Canada).

Behavioural Specialized Unit (BSU) at Fairview Lodge Long-Term Care (LTC)

Through a partnership with the Ministry of Long-Term Care, Fairview Lodge Long-Term Care home, owned and operated by the Region of Durham, and the Central East LHIN, a new 26-bed Behavioural Specialized Unit (BSU) pilot began in February 2020. For more information click HERE.

Central East LHIN Dementia Capacity Plan

The Central East LHIN is pleased to provide this first iteration of the Central East Dementia Capacity Plan to the Ministry of Health and and Ministry of Long-Term Care. This report represents the combined efforts of the Central East LHIN Dementia Capacity Working Group. To view the Dementia Capacity Plan click here.

Building on Key Accomplishments

Integral to improving seniors’ health is the Seniors Care Network, formed and funded by the Central East LHIN to improve the organization, coordination and governance of specialized geriatric services (SGS) for frail seniors in the Central East LHIN. Making a direct contribution to reducing hospitalization and promoting the ability for frail seniors to remain at home and, by working collaboratively with a range of health system providers, specialized geriatric services enhance care, improve quality and advance system coordination and integration.

The following are some of the specialized geriatric services and investments in the Central East LHIN:

Geriatric Assessment and Intervention Network (GAIN) in hospitals and the community

  • inter-professional hospital and community-based teams providing comprehensive assessments, care plans, and provide home-based care, optimizing function and independence

Geriatric Emergency Management (GEM)

  • nurses and nurse practitioners in caring for frail older adults, in LHIN’s Emergency Departments (ED) who conduct assessment and provide support to frail older adults experiencing acute health concerns
  • reducing unnecessary hospital admissions

Home First

  • a collaborative approach between hospitals, the LHIN and community agencies to improve hospital bed utilization
  • facilitates the timely and safe return home of every individual who enters the hospital

Nurse Practitioners Supporting Teams Averting Transfers (NPSTAT) 

  • nurse practitioners, working in teams, support staff in all 68 long-term care homes in Central East LHIN, avoiding preventable resident transfers to hospital EDs

Behavioral Supports Ontario (BSO)

  • specially trained health professionals work in LTC and in the community supporting people living with challenging behaviours and their families

Assess and Restore (A&R)

  • extend the functional independence of frail older adults
  • reduce the burden on caregivers
  • help health service organizations and health care professionals adopt effective evidence-based clinical processes and interventions

Community Exercise and Falls Prevention Classes

  • exercise classes to improve and maintain functional performance
  • falls prevention classes provide instruction on reducing the risk of falling

Assisted Living Services for High Risk Seniors

  • service hubs address needs of high risk seniors to support living at home
  • scheduled and non-scheduled personal support, homemaking, security checks and 24/7 reassurance services

Adult Day Programs –Seniors

  • services for patients and family caregivers (often includes respite) in a congregate setting, includes planned social and recreational activities, meals, assistance with the activities of daily living and health care assistance for both individuals with dementia and frailty

Seniors’ Physician Lead

  • provides the Central East LHIN with clinical expertise and physician clinical leadership to support practitioners in caring for frail older adults and inform system planning, design and quality improvement

Learn More

To track the system's ongoing progress against this Strategic Aim, please visit the Central East LHIN Performance page.

For more information please contact the LHIN at or any LHIN-funded Health Service Provider