Hospitals transfer ALC patients to temporary unit in retirement home

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Three Ottawa hospitals began transferring patients to a temporary unit in a retirement home this week. The new unit at Greystone Village Retirement Home in Old Ottawa East is aimed at reducing some of the pressures on hospitals caused by COVID-19.

The unit consists of 120 beds for so-called alternate levels of care patients. They are patients, mainly elderly, who no longer require hospital-level care, but are unable to go home or into a long-term care home.

Hospitals are seeing record levels of ALC patients in part because long-term care homes continue to have outbreaks and have closed beds during the pandemic. Patients in the unit will come from The Ottawa Hospital, Montfort and Queensway Carleton.

The new unit at Greystone Village Retirement home will be overseen by Bruyère and managed by Integrated Care Solutions, a division of Bayshore Healthcare. It will offer short-stay transitional care, something that is badly needed in the community, said Guy Chartrand, president and CEO of Bruyère.

The retirement home was to have opened in April, but had to postpone that due to the pandemic.

The program in the unit will offer specialized care to help patients return home or to long-term care.