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Specialized Geriatric Services will support frail North Simcoe Muskoka Seniors


An integrated program for Specialized Geriatric Services (SGS) is one step closer for residents of North Simcoe Muskoka, as the program launches during Senior's Month in June 2017.

At the launch, inside the Senior's Care Clinic in Orillia, residents heard from caregivers about the challenges they faced navigating a challenging health care system. Don Johnston of Barrie recalls the years his father was shuffled from long-term care home to hospitals and back again because of his father's vascular dementia.

SGS Launch
Carol Lambie (Waypoint), Dr. Kevin Young, Don Johnston, Neil Walker (NSM LHIN), Sandra Boucher, Sandra Eason-Bruno (NSM SGS)

“Within nine months it became apparent the retirement home was not safe because of wandering dangers,” he said. “They weren't able to manage him. We entered this maze, this huge obstacle course.”

According to 2015 data, North Simcoe Muskoka has a total population of 479,471 and of that, 85,610 or roughly 18% are seniors (over the age of 65). Many seniors lead healthy, active lives – yet others aren’t so lucky and can experience a variety of conditions that often lead them to be frailer than the rest. Associated with these frail conditions can be isolation, difficulty in getting to or accessing services, and complexity in transitioning through a complicated system of care.

That’s where Specialized Geriatric Services come in. Supported through Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care and the North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN, SGS is all about supporting frail seniors and their caregivers through the provision of coordinated care throughout North Simcoe Muskoka.

Dr. Kevin Young, an Orillia geriatrician, is the program's physician lead who noted that early SGS program work has focused on redesigning the Behaviour Support System to better support older adults with cognitive impairment and behaviours, but as a whole, the program will help all frail seniors.

“We're very excited about it because it's integrated services for people, so that no matter where in the region you live, you will receive the same type of service.”

As the new North Simcoe Muskoka Specialized Geriatric Service develops, the goal over time, is that frail seniors will be able to call one phone number, be cared for by an inter-professional team of specialized health care professionals, only have to tell their story once and know services are close to them that will help reduce the need for travel.

As part of the launch, the SGS website was announced, providing more information. Visit www.nsmsgs.ca.

North Simcoe Muskoka Specialized Geriatric Services Clinical Design Report and Recommendations


North Simcoe Muskoka Specialized Geriatric Services Clinical Design Appendix A
2017-2019 SGS Education Strategy