Grey Gables LTC facility secures approval for a specialized care unit

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A new two-year pilot project will see a behavioural support transition unit established at Grey Gables long-term care (LTC) facility in Markdale.

“We have now secured approval for a two-year pilot for a behavioural support transition unit at Grey Gables. And we'll be moving forward to get that up and running as quickly as we can,” said Grey County CAO, Kim Wingrove at a county council meeting held earlier today.

A behavioural support transition unit is specifically designed to assist residents with significant responsive behaviours.

“There are not many behavioural support transitional units in the province,” stated Jennifer Cornell, director of LTC for Grey County in a staff report. “The Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) recognized the need for one in Grey County which will support people who require this level of service to access care in an appropriate setting.”

The pilot project will see a 20-bed unit established at Grey Gables. According to Cornell, the additional unit will not have any impact on the facility’s current service delivery.

“By designating one home area as the specialized unit there is no requirement to place beds in abeyance: service delivery will be maintained, and the previous financial concerns related to reducing occupancy have been addressed,” Cornell stated.

She explained that an additional special designation per diem will be provided by the LHIN to enhance staffing levels, supplies and equipment that is necessary to support the specialized population.

“One-time funding will be available to offset some startup capital expenses, building enhancements, security upgrades and outdoor space,” she continued.

The unit will allow staff to provide support for individuals whose behaviours are unmanageable in their current setting. Specialized teams will assess, treat and develop personalized care plans to assist each resident.

“One-time funding has also been requested for a 12-month best practice and implementation coordinator,” Cornell added.

Jennifer Golletz, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter,