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New Resource--Better Living Web Series Helps Older Adults Take Charge of Discharge Planning, Better Living Health and Community Services

Better Living Health and Community Services (http://www.betterlivinghealth.org) has just released “From Hospital to Home,” a new episode in its “Gettin’ Up There” web series to help older adults and seniors get the information they need to make the safe transition from hospital to home and to avoid unnecessary readmission to hospital.

Using a light-hearted approach, this six-minute video follows host Katherine McLeod as she takes a tumble and has a brief stay in the hospital. By talking with a social worker responsible for discharge planning, Katherine learns all about the services and support she’ll need at home and how to get them.

You can view the “From Hospital to Home” episode of the “Gettin’ Up There” web series at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uidXWkDXs5s

According to The Change Foundation, an Ontario health policy think tank, there were almost one million discharges from Ontario hospitals in 2006. Recent research reveals that many elderly patients who are discharged lack clear and complete information to help them understand what is available to help them when they get home. They need help to navigate a complex, confusing system.

About Better Living: Founded in 1969, Better Living Health and Community Services (previously the Don Mills Foundation for Seniors) has been providing programs and services to support individuals, families and communities in living healthy, happy and independently.

For more information, please contact:

Sherri Helsdingen
Communications Manager
Better Living Health and Community Services
Tel: 416-447-7244 ext. 736
E-mail: sherrih@betterlivinghealth.org