Midhurst/ December 8, 2016 – The County of Simcoe is pleased to announce that it has once again been awarded with a decision of "Accredited with Exemplary Standing" following a thorough assessment of its four Long Term Care (LTC) homes and seniors services programs by surveyors from Accreditation Canada.
Health-care accreditation helps identify what an organization is doing well and where to focus its improvement efforts. The County's LTC homes and seniors programs were evaluated against national standards, and results will be used to continue to improve and refine the quality and safety of its services.
"We are committed to providing the highest quality of care, services and programs," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "This recognition reaffirms our leadership in seniors care services and is a true credit to all our tremendous staff for the amazing work they do each and every day."
There are a number of components to accreditation against which Accreditation Canada measure quality efforts, including standards and Required Organizational Practices. These were assessed when the surveyors met with staff, residents, and their families at the LTC home. All four LTC homes and two community programs met the standards measured by Accreditation Canada to assess Quality, Safety and Resident-centeredness. The County has been working through the Accreditation process for the past four years, with the final survey taking place in November 2016.
"I am so pleased with the results of our 2016 accreditation survey process," said Jane Sinclair, General Manager of Health and Emergency Services, County of Simcoe. "I thank our staff for their commitment and our Council for investing and supporting high-quality care for our seniors and encouraging innovative approaches that not only improve the quality-of-life of our residents but help address the growing demands faced in long term care and seniors services today."
The County of Simcoe provides seniors programs to its communities and operates four LTC homes across the region: Georgian Manor in Penetanguishene; Simcoe Manor in Beeton; Trillium Manor in Orillia; and Sunset Manor in Collingwood. These facilities provide a continuum of care and amenities for older adults such as long term care, housing and community programming, offering a range of services including home support, nursing and personal care, medical, nutritional, rehabilitative, pharmaceutical, palliative, and social and spiritual support to our residents.
Accreditation Canada has been helping organizations improve their quality and safety for over 55 years. The County has been working with Accreditation Canada for more than 20 years, most recently being "Accredited with Exemplary Standing" in 2012. The County will continue to work with Accreditation Canada on its quality journey.