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Inpatient Care

Inpatient treatment is a type of treatment in which a patient is provided with 24 hour, monitored care.

Physicians and hospitals follow a specific set of clinical criteria (severity of illness and intensity of service needed to diagnose and treat) that assists in determining whether a patient meets medical necessity for an “inpatient” status in the hospital. Both Louise Marshall Hospital and Palmerston and District Hospital have 15 inpatient beds at each hospital site.

Louise Marshall Hospital and Palmerston and District Hospital offer three types of patient accommodation including standard ward, semi-private and private. Ward rooms include three or four beds and are offered free of charge to all patients with a valid Ontario Health Card. Private or semi-private rooms can be requested for an additional charge. Either the patient’s insurance plan or the patient is responsible for paying the Preferred Accommodation charge.

Every effort is made to provide you with your written requested accommodation. At times, for infection control requirements or patient volume, we may not be able to accommodate your request.

A physician may at times determine a patient’s acute care stay is over, but recognize that they require Home and Community Supports for safe discharge, or alternate treatment (such as rehabilitation, palliation, or other programs).  In this instance, the patient will be designated as an Alternate Level of Care (ALC) patient.  As part of the designation of ALC, as the patient waits for their appropriate discharge destination, a co-payment may be required by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.  If applicable, this co-payment is based upon income and will be coordinated with the Finance Department at the Hospital.


Service Available at: 

Louise Marshall Hospital

630 Dublin Street
Mount Forest, ON
N0G 2L3

(519) 323-2210

Palmerston and District Hospital

500 Whites Road
Palmerston, ON
N0G 2P0

(519) 343 2030

Accommodations

North Wellington Health Care of Louise Marshall Hospital and Palmerston and District Hospital offer three types of patient accommodation:

  • standard ward

  • semi-private

  • private

Ward rooms include four beds and are offered free of charge to all patients with a valid Canadian Health Card.
Private or semi-private rooms can be requested for an additional charge. Either the patient’s insurance plan or the patient is responsible for paying the Preferred Accommodation charge.

Every effort is made to provide you with your written requested accommodation. At times, for infection control requirements or patient volume, we may not be able to accommodate your request.

When your physician determines your acute care stay is over and you are waiting for the appropriate Alternate Level of Care bed (such as retirement, rehab, palliative etc), you will be designated as an Alternate Level of Care (ALC) patient. As part of the designation of ALC, a co-payment is required by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. This co-payment is based on an income calculation as provided by the patient who will then be responsible for making the determined payment.

Palliative Care

Hospice Palliative Care Patient Services

“Healing is about radically coming into the present…healing is about letting go of the past, of the future…healing is about attending to my whole person needs.”

              Dr. Balfour Mount, Father of Canadian Hospice Palliative Care      

 

Hospice Palliative Care aims to relieve suffering and improve the quality of living and dying. At North Wellington Health Care, our palliative care providers promote comfort for the person who is dealing with a life-threatening illness when the focus of care is no longer to cure. We take a holistic approach, viewing the patient and family as the unit of care within the psychological, social, cultural, spiritual and practical domains. Our approach is multi-disciplinary, drawing on the unique knowledge and skills of the palliative care team in order to manage pain and other distressing symptoms.

 

“To Cure sometimes, To relieve often, To comfort always”

          Hippocrates

Resources for Families
Online:
Booklets:

When Someone Close To You Is Dying What You Can Expect and How You Can Help (http://www.nicenet.ca/files/When_Someone_Close_to_you_is_Dying_English_version.pdf)

Survey:
Please let us know how we are doing with our Palliative Care Services. Click here to complete a short survey.

Service Available at: 

Louise Marshall Hospital

630 Dublin Street
Mount Forest, ON
N0G 2L3

(519) 323-2210

Palmerston and District Hospital

500 Whites Road
Palmerston, ON
N0G 2P0

(519) 343 2030

Hospital Elderly Life Program

North Wellington Health Care of Palmerston and District Hospital and Louise Marshall Hospital offer senior patients a Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP).

We recognize that many older adults, while in the hospital, have difficulty with memory, confusion, nutrition and mobility. The Hospital Life Elder Program provides specific interventions to help keep the mind and body active, so cognitive and physical functioning can be maintained.

Services are provided by HELP staff and volunteers. The HELP team includes a Social Worker, Elder Life Clinical Nurse Specialists, Geriatrician and highly trained volunteers.

To participate, patients must be 65 years of age or older with one or more risk factors for functional cognitive decline or delirium.


Risk factors include:

  • Decreased mobility or ADL impairment
  • Pre-existing cognitive impairment, dementia, history of delirium
  • Sensory impairment (vision, hearing)
  • Inadequate caloric intake or dehydration
  • Sleep deprivation

Patients may not participate in the program if they meet any of the following criteria:

  • Medically unstable, unresponsive (coma) or death is imminent
  • Severe dementia, psychosis, or behavioural problems unsafe for volunteer interaction
  • Discharge firmly anticipated within 48h of admission
  • Aphasia, unable to communicate
  • Neutropenic precautions
  • Airborne precautions (e.g. TB)
  • Patient or family refusal for participation

Services

  • Geriatric interdisciplinary assessment and interventions coordinated by a Social Worker
  • Assistance from specially trained volunteers, overseen by interdisciplinary professionals, who provide the following programs:

Daily Visitor: Orientation, communication and social support

Feeding Assistance: Help and companionship during meals

Therapeutic Activities:  Mental stimulation and socialization

Early Mobilization: Daily exercise and help with mobilization

Vision / Hearing: Adaptations and equipment

North Wellington Health Care

  • Louise Marshall Hospital

  • 630 Dublin Street, Mount Forest,
    ON N0G 2L3
  • Map
  • Phone: (519) 323-2210
  • Palmerston and District Hospital

  • 500 Whites Road, Palmerston,
    ON N0G 2P0
  • Map
  • Phone: (519) 343-2030

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