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In collaboration with Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (OSMH) and the North Simcoe Muskoka Hospice Palliative Care Network (NSMPCN), Helping Hands is proud to announce the opening of Clint House, a 6 bed transitional program in Brechin, offering beds to clients in the community.  The program is being funded by the North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network and utilizes a new facility designed, built and provided by Jack Steenhof and Fayne Bullen.

Over the past seven years, Helping Hands has demonstrated an effective transitional bed model in the region at Hillcrest Lodge, Barrie Road in Orillia and in Coldwater, at the Coldwater Seniors Apartments. The Helping Hands transitional bed model offers 24 hour support in affordable, converted apartments close to concentrations of clients in the community with qualified personal support workers providing support to clients.  The transitional beds provide an interim, safe and inviting environment for clients who are recovering or transitioning to more permanent living arrangements.  The program enables those patients requiring acute care to have access to hospital beds and resources.

Additionally, these transitional beds offer versatility for Helping Hands Coordinators; providing responsive options such as respite/caregiver relief, recovery from surgeries and other client needs requiring temporary living and care arrangements.  In addition, clients at the facility who are eligible to receive therapy and nursing services through the North Simcoe Muskoka Community Care Access Centre (NSM CCAC) will receive their care on site.

Helping Hands Coordinators will work with hospital discharge staff and NSM CCAC quickly to provide temporary care in these beds for clients whose home arrangements are not suitable or ready for repatriation and to monitor clients with infections, post surgeries, those who are palliative, and those who require post-fall assistance.

Building on the success of its existing transitional bed program, Helping Hands has joined with OSMH and the NSMHPCN to broaden its capability to serve clients with greater complexity in needs, including palliative care clients and clients awaiting access to a long-term care home. This expansion will further improve the versatility of these beds, with the expectation of reducing strain on the hospital system and improving the healthcare experience for clients in the community.

Clint House will be operational as of January 7th, 2016.
For further information on this expansion in community services, please contact:

Terri Soukup, Director of Client Services
Helping Hands, Orillia
705 325-7861 Ext. 317