Restorative Care Program at St. Peter’s Hospital

The Restorative Care Program at St. Peter’s Hospital (SPH) does a lot with a little.

Patient rooms are on the small side and that makes it difficult for individuals to maneuver their wheelchairs and walkers around. Also, patient therapy takes place in a converted hallway, which makes privacy a challenge.

“Many years ago, they basically transformed the end of the hallway into useable space by putting a door and walls around it,” says Sarah Ferguson, an Occupational Therapist and Physiotherapist Assistant. This can make patients feel like they are put on display while they are trying to get better. It can be embarrassing.

“It would be great to have as much space and equipment as we can to help the patients meet their goals.”

This program, along with the other three programs located at SPH, is slated for relocation to the re-built Juravinski Hospital as part of Hamilton Health Sciences’ 20 year Our Healthy Future vision. With custom-built space and a new configuration, patients will be able to receive more direct therapy in better surroundings. This could significantly reduce their length of stay.

“It is much easier to show someone how to put cans on a shelf in a kitchen setting than it is to ask them to imagine putting cans on a shelf.”

Staff are already getting excited about the future space which would include social areas, communal dining and more storage.

Patients will get better faster in a home-like setting because their brains will be able to make the connections they are used to making at home. “Think of any object you use day to day and we want two here in our program,” says Ferguson. “Look around your house. That is what we need to encourage people to get back to their own homes. It is much easier to show someone how to put cans on a shelf in a kitchen setting than it is to ask them to imagine putting cans on a shelf.”

Brenda St. Amant, clinical manager of Restorative Care, agrees. “We always set goals because that is what rehab is all about. It would be great to have as much space and equipment as we can to help the patients meet their goals. I am so proud of what we do with what we have – in our space. Everyone is proud.”

To read more about the Our Healthy Future vision, click here.

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