Senior Friendly Hospital Initiative
The Senior Friendly Hospital Initiative is a provincial strategy being rolled out across all fourteen Local Health Integration Networks (LHIN) in the province. This initiative will help achieve healthy seniors and healthy communities with a primary goal to enhance the care of seniors within hospitals and reduce the risk of functional decline while they recover from illness. Senior Friendly Hospital Initative Logo

Seniors are three times more likely to be hospitalized than younger people and receive care in nearly every area of the hospital. A hospital stay can have a major influence on the health and well-being of seniors.

However, evidence shows that seniors’ health declines the longer they stay in hospital as a result of complications, lack of activity and infections. This can lead to increased hospital stays and reduce their chances of returning home and regaining their health and independence.

Ontario’s LHINs are leading a Senior Friendly Hospital Strategy – an initiative to improve seniors’ health and prevent their physical and mental decline in hospital. By acting together, hospitals can improve the experience and outcomes of older adults in Ontario hospitals.

The Senior Friendly Hospital strategy aims to:
  • Improve the health, well-being and experience of seniors in Ontario hospitals, helping them get back home sooner and healthier
  • Improve seniors’ ability to live independently and stay out of hospital
  • Enhance the value of health care dollars
  • Help reduce Alternate Level of Care through supporting people to transition to the right place of care after a hospital stay
  • Promote quality improvement initiatives that can be included in hospital Quality Improvement Plans as part of the Excellent Care for All legislation