Seniors Care Network/Regional Specialized Geriatric Services - updated November 16, 2015

The Central East Local Health Integration Network (Central East LHIN) is committed to building a network of services to meet the needs of its rapidly growing and aging population of seniors. This is being achieved in part through a LHIN-wide regional approach to coordinating, organizing and governing existing and new specialized geriatric services in partnership with the Seniors Care Network, previously known as the Central East LHIN's Regional Specialized Geriatric Services entity. 

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To learn more about the Seniors Care Network, please visit the SCN website by clicking HERE.

Working together with Central East LHIN-funded health service providers and others who deliver services to seniors, Seniors Care Network is focused on developing a comprehensive, coordinated system of specialized health and mental health services for frail seniors in the Central East Region of Ontario.  Creating integrated “Systems of Care” will provide the additional support required to help more seniors to live independently at home and will reduce home care wait times, as well as increase access to community supports including mental health services.

Improving Care – Fostering Excellence – Increasing Awareness

To create the best health experience for frail seniors in the Central East LHIN

The board of Seniors Care Network is made up of a group of senior health care leaders representative of hospitals, community service providers, seniors’ advocates and others from across the Central East LHIN. Supported by the LHIN, the board of Seniors Care Network is accountable for the development, delivery and monitoring of an integrated regional system of Specialized Geriatric Services for frail seniors.

Specialized Geriatric Services include:

Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO)

  • Trained health professionals and programming helping older people with challenging behaviours resulting from dementia and cognitive issues. 

Geriatric Assessment and Intervention Network (GAIN)

  • Health professional teams providing comprehensive assessments and creating care plans with seniors and families to optimize function and independence and keep older people living at home.

Geriatric Emergency Management (GEM) Nurses

  • Nurses working in the emergency department who conduct assessments and provide support to older people experiencing acute health
    concerns, with a focus on trying to reduce unnecessary hospital admissions.

Nurse Practitioners Supporting Teams Averting Transfers (NPSTAT)

  • Nurse practitioners responding to residents of Long-­‐Term Care facilities experiencing acute health concerns, helping to avoid transfers to hospital

To learn more about the historical development of the SCN, please click on the links below: