Goldies2Home Program for Adults After Acute Care

Organization Sponsor: Shalom Village

Organization Partner: McMaster University


Program Description

Goldies2Home is a unique day program helping people return to independent living at home after early discharge from acute care, rehabilitation or convalescent care programs. Many people are better served by continuing their recovery in their own homes with support. This ambulatory convalescent program, partnered with enhanced CCAC services, will allow you to continue your convalescence from the comfort of your own home. Your program will include nursing, physiotherapy, recreation and other support to help you rebuild strength and regain skills to reduce your need for assistance. It is a community based rehabilitation program paced to your needs and promoting independent living.

The Goldies2Home team includes a CCAC case manager, registered nurse, personal support worker, physiotherapist, physiotherapy assistant, occupational therapist, speech and language pathologist and therapeutic recreationists. A ratio of 1 staff to 5 participants ensures that you get the support you need. The program is enhanced by in-home support, and is geared to the needs of people with limited endurance. Information sessions and support are offered to participants and family caregivers to ensure your move home is successful.

The Goldies2Home program operates from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from Monday to Friday. You may attend from 1 to 5 days per week, depending on your needs, for a maximum 4-week period.

Participants enjoy an active program with many opportunities for social interaction and recreational programs in addition to rehabilitation services. They have access to all amenities offered at Shalom Village including The Club Fitness Centre, Bubbi Bessie's Cafe, Vicki's Hair Salon and the Classic Theatre. Baths or showers are available, with assistance as needed, and professional foot care can be provided. A hot lunch and healthy snacks are served, with participants actively involved in meal preparation to help them prepare for independent living at home.

Goldie's2Home is a collaborative partnership including Shalom Village, Hamilton Health Sciences, St. Peter's Hospital, the Hamilton Convalescent Care Program and the HNHB Community Care Access Centre (CCAC)

Program Approximate Cost: 


Funding Sources: 

Ministry of Health & Long Term Care

Strategies For Sustainability: 

Shalom Village is a pioneering non-profit organization in Hamilton Ontario that provides a community of services for older adults. Accreditation Canada review confirms that Shalom Village meets or exceeds all 522 National Standards established by the Canadian Council on Health Facilities Accreditation.

Impact Of Program: 

Today, Shalom Village AT HOME is thriving among the 260 staff and 205 residents.

Evaluation Tools: 

Shalom Village is accredited by Accreditation Canada, an independent not-for-profit organization that develops standards for health care and provides tools to measure and evaluate outcomes. In their report presented to a packed audience of Shalom Village staff and residents the surveyors from Accreditation Canada reviewed the evidence they had found that clearly demonstrates the ongoing excellence, creativity and innovation that is Shalom Village. They stated "you have an outstanding clinical team and are commended for all that you offer."

Key Elements Towards Success: 

Shalom Village welcomes residents of all faiths, and provides nursing and personal care on a 24-hour basis. Care is supervised by registered nurses, and we have a staff doctor to guide the medical care of our residents. What makes Shalom Village different is our unique "AT HOME" approach to care. Our goal is to help people maintain their quality of life as they move home to Shalom. Our Community Centre offers a wide variety of social and recreational programs. All residents have access to The Club fitness centre, the Snoezelen, and many innovative entertainment and therapeutic opportunities.

Challenges To Meet Them: 

Our focus has been about continuous innovation, raising the bar for quality, and creating and building the AT HOME model of care. In partnership with other care providers, the Ministry of Health and Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network (HNHB LHIN) and our donors, unique programs and services have been implemented such as the Club, the Ruth Sherman Centre for Education and Research, Goldieā€™s Place, MilliMobile services, and Ontario Telemedicine in the Classic Theatre.

Length and Stage of Project: 

Originated in 1981

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