Helping people live independently in the community with an improved quality of life is the goal of the Almonte General Hospital’s (AGH) regional Day Hospital program.
The AGH Day Hospital program serves Mississippi Mills, Carleton Place and the surrounding areas. It is a community-based outpatient therapeutic day treatment program that operates Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Clients attend 1 to 3 days per week, based on therapeutic needs.
Adults living at home within the program’s catchment area are eligible for admission to the Day Hospital. Day Hospital clients must be willing to participate in an individualized health-care program and must require at least two of the therapies provided by the program. These include nursing, physiotherapy, kinesiology, occupational therapy, recreational therapy and mental health counselling.
Clients must have a referral form completed by their family doctor prior to admission to the program. When clients arrive for their first assessment they should bring all their medications, a list of their health problems and goals for improvement
The Day Hospital team provides:
- Health education on numerous health topics, such as diabetes, heart and stroke and stress management
- A supportive environment
- Therapy aimed at improving and/or maintaining function in all aspects of daily living (physical, cognitive and psychosocial)
- Health monitoring
Rehabilitative services are provided by an interdisciplinary team made up of a:
- Day Hospital Manager (Registered Nurse)
- Registered Practical Nurse
- Physiotherapist, Kinesiologist, Physiotherapy Aide
- Occupational Therapist
- Recreational Therapist
- Mental Health Counsellor
Services include assessment, treatment, teaching and counselling. The clients and their families are active participants in the care plan.
The cost of the Day Hospital program is covered by the province as part of AGH’s funding. Clients are responsible for costs relating to meals, transportation and external activities/entertainment.