The need for first-rate seniors’ healthcare is growing. Last year, our hospitals gave in-hospital treatment for more than 17,300 cases in which people were age 65 or older.

Medical teams at Victoria General and Royal Jubilee hospitals provide enhanced assessment and therapy for seniors in acute care. Multidisciplinary teams including geriatricians, nurses, rehabilitation assistants, physiotherapists and occupational therapists work together to offer complete care that helps return patients to their optimum level of function after treatment.

The Seniors Outpatient Clinic at the Royal Jubilee Hospital reduces the number of avoidable emergency visits and hospital admissions that are common for many seniors with multiple chronic conditions. The clinic includes rooms for diagnostic tests, treatment and rehabilitation services with specialized equipment designed for older adults.

The Patient Care Centre at Royal Jubilee is a Centre for Excellence in Seniors Care and the first hospital in the world to be designed specifically with the needs of seniors in mind. Every detail, from carefully placed handrails and lighting in patient rooms to improved monitoring equipment contributes to a healing environment that helps elderly patients leave the hospital in better condition than when they arrived.

The Patient Care Centre also has a dedicated Geriatric Mental Health Unit for acute assessment and treatment for those experiencing mental health issues, dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.

While the majority of seniors are active, vibrant and healthy, as we age, illness, falls and chronic disease become more common. It is imperative that we continue to advance the quality of patient care for seniors in our hospitals.