This week, Saskatoon Health Region’s Community Strategies team will begin transitioning patients from hospital beds to transitional care beds at Preston Park II, an assisted living facility. The beds will allow patients who no longer need to be in hospital to transition to a more appropriate setting in the community to continue receiving care. The pilot project is being supported by the Region’s 90 Days of Innovation: Ready Every Day initiative.

RED-Email-Logo-HeaderdoublewithBED“Many patients remain in hospital while waiting to be transferred to an alternate level of care,” says Corey Miller, team lead. “Some wait excessively long periods of time, and this delay in transition of care to a more appropriate location can be detrimental to their overall health and well-being.”

By transitioning to the community, patients will continue to receive care in the comfort of a home setting, while avoiding the risks associated with a hospital stay (e.g. loss of mobility, infection). The primary goal of the pilot is to provide clients with the right level of care, at the right time, in the right place.

“The community organizations that are partnering with us will ensure that patients receive the care and services that meet their needs. This might include IV antibiotic management, assistance with transferring, transportation to and from medical appointments or access to physiotherapy,” says Miller. In addition to putting these patients in a more appropriate setting, the pilot will make more hospital beds available to emergency department patients who need them.

The team expects to transition eight patients from our hospitals to care beds at Preston Park II this week. In the coming months, the team will work towards expanding the pilot to include Saskatoon City Hospital, Royal University Hospital and additional community partners.

“The goal is to continually work towards improving our clients’ independence and overall health to facilitate a safe and successful discharge,” says Miller.