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Care at 
St. Peter’s Hospital is Somthing for the Ages

 

PROVIDED BY HAMILTON HEALTH SCIENCES FOUNDATION


E
ven people in their twenties can have a heart attack. Or a stroke. Or a traumatic accident that results in an acquired brain injury. Likewise, St. Peter’s Hospital in Hamilton provides specialty care and services to adult patients of all ages, despite its well-deserved reputation for excellent programs focused on the care of seniors.

Patients from across the region who require medically complex care or a prolonged restorative care can be transferred to St. Peter’s Hospital, which has seen its share of younger patients who have suffered from heart attacks, strokes and traumatic incidents like motor vehicle accidents. The Hospital provides inpatient, outpatient, and community-based programs and services for adult patients of all ages.

The Medically Complex Service provides care for patients who have multiple or complex medical needs and functional challenges as the result of a degenerative disease, stroke or neurological condition such as Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). The delivery of care is patient-focused and provided in strong partnerships with patients and families.

The Restorative Care Program is designed for patients with complex conditions who would benefit from low-intensity, longer-duration rehabilitation therapy provided by a multidisciplinary team of clinicians. The average length of stay is 45 to 60 days. In collaboration with the patient and family, the team works to enhance the patient’s health with the ultimate goal of helping the patient transition back into the community.  

St. Peter’s Hospital also provides specialty care for patients with behavioural health conditions, such as dementia and Alzheimer’s. Although the majority of these patients are seniors, a rise in early-onset dementia is resulting in a greater number of people in their late forties and fifties being diagnosed with the disease. 

The Palliative Care Program at St. Peter’s Hospital is the largest in Canada, designed to provide expert end-of-life care to adults experiencing any life-threatening illness regardless of age. The program promotes patient-and family-driven decision-making to maintain the comfort, spirituality, autonomy and dignity of each patient while supporting families through this difficult period. 

Also located at St. Peter’s Hospital is the Centre for Healthy Aging, which provides specialized outpatient programs for seniors to enhance their ability to remain in the community. Housed in the Juravinski Research Centre for Studies on Aging, the GERAS Centre is focused on research to enhance the quality of life for seniors.

St. Peter’s Hospital Foundation, as part of Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation, is focused on raising funds in support of St. Peter’s Hospital and its programs. The foundation provides funding for leading-edge equipment and patient amenities, innovative research initiatives, redevelopment of patient care spaces, and the education and training of health care providers. BL

 

Donors can make a real difference in the lives of patients at St. Peter’s Hospital and help provide care for the ages. Visit www.hamiltonhealth.ca to donate today.