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Transitional Bed Service

Temporary residential care when you're not ready to go home yet.

As a stakeholder in our regional healthcare system, Helping Hands provides a Transitional Bed program. This important service offers 12 beds located in Orillia, Brechin and Coldwater, in support of clients who require temporary transitional support upon discharge from hospital, those who are deemed palliative, or those who simply need respite services for a period of time. These beds play an important role in supporting the healthcare system by providing hospitals with more flexibility in discharge destinations while providing clients with a comfortable, appropriate and supportive environment while they are recovering from surgery or while their permanent home environment is being prepared. These beds help to ensure clients in our community receive the right care, at the right time and in the right place and help provide a sustainable alternative to staying in the hospital.

This temporary care placement with Helping Hands includes a private room in a shared apartment space, 24 hour on-site or on-call supervision from a Personal Support Worker, providing personal care assistance, toileting, transfers and mobility, medication monitoring, regular diet meals, laundry, socialization, cable television and access to a telephone for essential calls. Helping Hands is working closely with Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital and Home and Community Care to coordinate services in this program.

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Older adults and adults designated ALC or Palliative, requiring a temporary care placement, awaiting long term care, hospice bed or return to home environment up to a maximum stay of 90 days.

Length of Stay

The program offers a short term transition for seniors and adults with designated ALC or Palliative, as they transition from the hospital to long term care or hospice. The client may stay in the Transitional Care Bed Program up to a maximum of 90 days and will be assessed on an individual basis.


Transitional Beds are LHIN funded. There are no costs to the client, except any transportation costs associated with the stay. Clients are to supply any special diet food items that they may require and any toiletries to be used.

For further information on qualifying for Transitional Bed Service, please contact our Client Intake Planner.