By Chris Jones/The Oshawa Express
Four long-term homes in Durham have received one of the highest recognitions possible in the industry.
Hillsdale Estates and Hillsdale Terraces in Oshawa both received awards from Accreditation Canada at the Sept. 12 regional council meeting.
Lakeview Manor in Beaverton and Fairview Lodge in Whitby also received the award.
Accreditation Canada is a non-profit organization that has helped organizations such as Hillsdale Estates and Hillsdale Terraces for more than 55 years to promote quality health standards as well as to adhere to national standards of excellence. To receive such high acclaim is “the highest level of performance that an organization can receive,” says Dr. Hugh Drouin, Durham’s commissioner of social services.
While reading assessments from surveyors of the four LTCHs to council, Drouin said, “There’s a strong sense of community at each home site, resulting in a unique identity.”
Surveyors also stated that each home has a supportive volunteer base that enhances service, a leadership team that works cohesively and collaboratively on their shared goals, a creative team that continues to work on person-centred care, and a strong network of partnerships in the community.
Residents and clients who enter these homes can feel like they are world-class organizations, according to Drouin.
“It is so reassuring to know the kind of care that we’re going to get there,” said regional chair and CEO Gerri Lynn O’Connor.
“This certification carries a high degree of respect within the health care community,” said O’Connor. “Residents and their families can feel confident that the region’s long-term care homes and adult day programs are among the best.”
Accreditation Canada will perform its next review in May 2022.
“We are extremely proud of our long-term care and services for seniors staff on this accomplishment. They have once again demonstrated their leadership, and dedication to organizational excellence and continuous improvement,” said Drouin.