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Local hospital launches new program for home care after discharge

December 7, 2023   ·   0 Comments

By Brian Lockhart

Stevenson Memorial Hospital has announced a new program in partnership with Bayshore HealthCare called Stevenson@Home.

The program will allow eligible patients to receive care at home once discharged from the hospital.

The program will benefit patients, families, and the hospital as patients can continue to receive the care they need in the comfort of their own homes to enhance their recovery while supporting hospital capacity and patient flow needs.

“Our capacity continues to be challenged with increased patient volumes and a high percentage of ALC patients,” said Stevenson’s vice president of clinical services and chief nursing executive, Julia Mullen. “With the Stevenson@Home program, we are better able to support patients with their recovery process, allowing them to go home sooner with the support they need. We are very thankful for this program and partnership with Bayshore HealthCare, which will benefit our hospital and community.”

Alternative Level of Care (ALC) patients continue to occupy beds in hospitals across the province. ALC patients are those no longer requiring acute care but are unable to be discharged because they don’t have the support they need at home to live safely and recover fully, or they are waiting for a long-term care bed.

The Stevenson@Home team consists of a care transition navigator, nurses, personal support workers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, social workers and dietitians in partnership with Bayshore HealthCare.

Patients may stay with the program for up to 16 weeks.

“Bayshore is a leader in the transformation of care model from hospital to home and we are honoured to partner with Stevenson Memorial Hospital to provide patients with evidence-based quality care to achieve positive health outcomes in the comfort of their own home,” said Maureen Charlebois, Bayshore HealthCare’s chief nursing and clinical officer.

Eligible patients and families will meet with SMH staff to discuss enrollment, what to expect, and how they can work with the patient in consultation with Bayshore HealthCare staff to create a care plan identifying the specific services the individual may need at home. This will help to create a seamless hospital discharge and home care experience.

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