Scarborough Health Network (SHN) and Extendicare Guildwood have entered a formal management agreement to help the home more quickly move into COVID-19 stabilization and recovery.

SHN has been supporting Extendicare Guildwood for two months in a variety of ways, including infection prevention and control, environmental services and by providing additional clinical  staff including physicians, registered nurses and personal support workers. This agreement expands the role of SHN at Guildwood to manage the home with daily, on-site leadership to reinforce clinical best practices.

SHN holds expertise in geriatric care and advanced practice nursing which is being applied to help address the challenges Guildwood is facing. They are equipping staff with the education and tools needed to maintain enhanced levels of protection for the home, its residents and staff, going forward.

COVID-19 represents an unprecedented challenge for the long-term care sector and Extendicare is grateful to have the support and expertise from SHN. Guildwood’s staff are deeply committed to supporting the home’s residents and their families and working together we remain committed to the shared goal of eliminating the virus from the home.

“It is our privilege to be serving Extendicare Guildwood residents, families, and team members as we continue to implement sustainable best practices to maintain a healthy home,” said Elizabeth Buller, President and CEO, SHN. “At its heart, this is about helping the people of Scarborough and their families, which is always our goal at Scarborough Health Network. We are extremely appreciative of our staff and doctors who are making this possible, and we acknowledge Guildwood’s team for their dedication and commitment during this very challenging time.

“The Scarborough Health Network’s support has been critical in this challenging and unprecedented situation. They have been strong partners to us in our time of need and we are so grateful for their time, expertise and support,” said Christine Baigrie, National Director of Long-Term Care Operations at Extendicare. “We are not in the clear yet. The most important thing we can do together is to remove this virus from the home so that we can better protect our residents and staff.”

This partnership is dedicated to advancing the province’s COVID-19 Action Plan for Protecting Long-Term Care Homes. Both SHN and Guildwood are committed to supporting residents of  long-term care, as well as families, staff, and the broader system of care that supports seniors.