Jun 07, 2022

By Jane Brown

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A new social model for long term care is being tried out at the City of Toronto-owned Lakeshore Lodge Home.

Mayor John Tory says the pilot project will go for 12 months to help ensure the success of the model before rolling it out to other long term care homes across the city.

And he explained during Monday’s launch of CareTO that some of the aspects of this emotion centred approach to care for elderly residents.

“The connection to the out of doors is something we’re going to try and improve upon with this program, so that when you have the feeling when you want to do that you can be out of doors and have a connection to the out of doors,” Mayor Tory provided as an example.

Here is the CareTO emotion-centred approach:
* Shifts away from the traditional task-oriented, schedule-driven model of care to a social model of living.
* Ensures consistent caregivers for residents to enable relationships to develop and thrive, with emphasis on meaningful engagement, personal preferences and previously enjoyed life routines.
* Redesigns the living spaces to be less institutional, more intimate, cozy and reminiscent of home, with improved access to the outdoors and safe places to wander.
* Addresses the significant diversity of Toronto’s LTC residents, including by promoting resident-centred menus that accommodate culturally diverse and evolving preferences.

A news release from the City of Toronto says a multi-year staff plan prioritizes the hiring of additional direct care staff to meet the often complex and diverse needs of residents with a goal to achieve four hours of direct care per resident each day.

CareTO will be a jointly funded program, with $16.1 million invested over five years – $12 million from the Province of Ontario, and $4.1 million from the City of Toronto – for direct care staff and training. Funding includes approximately 272 additional permanent positions across ten LTC sites at Bendale Acres, Carefree Lodge, Castleview Wychwood Towers, Cummer Lodge, Fudger House, Kipling Acres, Lakeshore Lodge, Seven Oaks, True Davidson Acres, and Wesburn Manor.

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