S&W enhances independence and quality of life for seniors


No one ever says that growing old is easy. However, it’s a fact of life. Seniors are the fastest growing population in our community and with many complex medical and social issues; they are the main focus of the W. P. Scott Geriatric Day Hospital at Sunnybrook and Women’s College Health Sciences Centre.

The Geriatric Day Hospital is an outpatient program providing assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of elderly individuals. The goal of the program is to enhance independence and quality of life for seniors living in the community. Seniors attend the program for a three to five month period. The health professionals have specific expertise in geriatrics and together they provide an inter-disciplinary approach in the care of the elderly.

The Day Hospital team consists of Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Recreation Therapy, Speech Language Pathology, Social Work, Registered Nurse and a Physiotherapy Assistant. Psychology services are also available on a consultative basis. According to patient care manager, Betty Matheson, staff can see about 20 patients a day.

The team are experts in dealing with a variety of complex issues such as balance and falls prevention and physical functioning, self care (activities of daily living), memory and cognition, communication, swallowing, nutrition and weight loss, emotional and /or social concerns, helping seniors live safely in their own home, leisure pursuits, bowel and bladder, coping with multiple chronic illnesses, family and /or community supports, and relieving caregiver burden.

Seniors may be referred to the ground floor, H wing location from the community, from inpatient units or from the many specialized Geriatric Services of the Regional Geriatric Program of Toronto. “Our goal here is enablement, helping seniors remain in their own homes by maximizing function and independence,” says Dr. Barbara Liu, one of the two geriatricians who work in the Day Hospital. Dr. Liu is also the director of the Regional Geriatric Program of Toronto, which is based at the Sunnybrook campus.

After the initial assessment, a plan of care is then developed with a focus on the specific needs and goals of the patient. At the completion of their program, patients are then referred to a community program for continued care and follow up.

When in comes to the well-being of seniors, geriatricians and health professionals at the Geriatric Day Hospital offer a myriad of specialty services designed for older persons living in our community.

If you would like more information please call our referral office at: 416-480-6888.