Expanded Bruyère geriatric day hospital helps seniors remain in their homes

Elizabeth Payne, The Ottawa Citizen

When 88-year-old Mary LaCroix tripped over her walker, breaking her femur and hip last fall, she thought her independent life was over. “I thought that was it.” Today, LaCroix is beginning to walk again, with the help of staff at Bruyère’s John and Jennifer Ruddy Geriatric Day Hospital, and is on her way to resuming her busy, independent life. Keeping people such as LaCroix autonomous and active in the community is the goal of the facility where an extensive renovation was unveiled Wednesday. Officials say the day hospital, which currently sees 5,000 visits a year, will now be able to treat more patients in the new state-of-the-art facilities. LaCroix, petite and positive, is part of a demographic that represents one of the biggest challenges facing Ontario’s health care system — the frail elderly. Helping them to stay in their homes as long as possible and out of hospital beds or chronic care beds is a goal of the entire health system.

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