In collaboration with 20 of Scarborough’s long-term care (LTC) and retirement homes, Scarborough Health Network (SHN) is contributing valuable resources and expertise to support the delivery of safe, high quality care for vulnerable residents and frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
SHN holds a wide range of pandemic expertise, with dedicated nurses, environmental services staff, infection prevention and control (IPAC) staff, social workers, and personal support workers providing: COVID-19 testing; cleaning; IPAC and workplace health and safety assessments; crisis and palliative support; resident care; and education. Carefirst Seniors and Community Services Association is generously providing transportation to and from the homes for SHN staff.
Jointly with Toronto Public Health; the Ministry of LTC; and Ontario Health East Home and Community Care, SHN is dedicated to bringing the province’s COVID-19 Action Plan for Protecting Long-Term Care Homes to life.
“At its heart, this is about helping the people of Scarborough and their families, which is always our goal at Scarborough Health Network; our mission is to improve lives through exceptional care. We’re privileged to be in a unique position to do just that, both across our health network and within the long-term care sector, at a time when they need it most,” said Elizabeth Buller, President and CEO.
“We are extremely appreciative of our staff and doctors who are making this possible, and we acknowledge Scarborough’s LTC and retirement home teams for their courage and resilience. Our hearts go out to the families who have lost loved ones to COVID-19, and we wish a safe recovery to those who are currently ill.”
SHN will also equip LTC and retirement care homes with the knowledge and tools they need to maintain enhanced levels of protection for residents and staff during the pandemic going forward.