A few weeks ago we published an article about some tips and tricks if you’re caring for a senior in Burlington Ontario and we decided to follow it up with an article about Burlington’s next door neighbour, Oakville.
As we said a few weeks ago, in general senior care programs and options are very similar across communities in Ontario, but knowing the differences and making sure that you’re taking advantage of some of the unique benefits offered by your community is a great way to ensure that your family member is getting the best possible care.
Oakville is a community that offers lots of those advantages and special programs. And thanks to the fact that we visit many families every day in Oakville we’re familiar with some really good ones we’d like to share with you here.
First, Oakville is a great place to age because of the vast amount of choice you have when finding services and providers.
Many senior care companies started first in Oakville when coming to the GTA and as a result their teams here are very established and experienced.
One company we like a lot (and work with regularly) who are headquartered in Oakville is Silver Sherpa.
They bring Client Directors together with families and then those client directors act as a ‘quarterback’ for dealing with complicated health and senior care issues. They ‘coordinate the coordinators’ across all the sectors of health, legal, financial and work to help their clients plan for aging in a structured way. That in turn takes much of legwork out of creating and monitoring a really high quality care plan. Have a look at their Facebook page if you’re interested in talking to them or learning more.
Next topic of course is the beautiful new Oakville Hospital. First and very importantly (for anyone like me who visits the hospital regularly) is that parking is abundant making visiting the hospital much easier than it was before….however the best parking spots still fill up fast so you may need to go hunting in the parking garage if you don’t see anything right away.
But of course on top of that detail…
The new Oakville hospital offers state-of-the-art facilities that were not available at the old hospital.
Here are a few examples:
- 1.6 million square feet (that’s big! But that’s not Oakville’s biggest building…can you guess what building is biggest in the city? I’ll put the answer at the end of the article if you’re interested)
- 3 MRIs and 2 CT scanners
- 457 inpatient bed capacity
- 80% single patient rooms
- 2,000 parking spaces (am I talking too much about parking?!)
- An automated pharmacy system can package up to two million doses of medications a year
- An automated laboratory system can run 65 different tests at the same time
The hospital also offers a Geriatric Assessment Clinic where individuals referred by their family doctors are assessed by a geriatrician. There you can receive a comprehensive assessment of both physical and cognitive abilities. Afterwards you get a set of recommendations on home safety equipment, medications, supportive programs, housing, physiotherapy, home care services, and much more. A great starting point if you’re building a care plan.
It’s not all perfect at the new hospital though…
One important note is that the new hospital location is definitely less accessible for downtown Oakville residents (who are predominantly older than northern Oakville residents as is clear in census Canada stats on the area).
Perhaps Halton region or the Town of Oakville should consider a shuttle bus from the old hospital location to the new location to help bridge this gap? I don’t think the mayor reads my articles but in case he does, Rob feel free to reach out anytime as I’d be happy to provide my thoughts on senior care in Oakville if you’re interested!
Alright enough about the hospital.
One great Oakville specific program is a day program run by Acclaim health at Sheridan College. If you recently read our article about caring for a senior on a budget and are looking for a good day program option this one might be for you! We also have a personal connection with many of the residents who attend this program as we offer a foot care clinic there and have gotten to know many of them.
One great benefit of the Acclaim program is that the program participants love going to a college setting instead of a more clinical environment.
All these programs and services are great, but the Halton Region still recognizes that that older adult programs and services are a priority for the future and as a result have developed an “Older Adult Plan” to explain where they are going with program development. If you live in the area and plan to stay here as you age I’d strongly recommend you read the plans and get involved!
Lastly it’s important to note that as I mentioned in our article about Burlington, Oakville is part of a different CCAC than Burlington. This means that similarly to Burlington, caregivers and care managers who are providing government funded services under CCAC contracts cannot easily transfer between the two municipalities. (Check out this article to learn more about the CCAC if this is new to you).
So for instance if you live in Burlington but plan to move in with family in Oakville, your CCAC contacts and care providers you deal with will change because of the change in jurisdiction. However, Oakville is in the same CCAC as Mississauga so moving between these two cities is much simpler in terms of CCAC services.
All in all Oakville is a great place to live and offers endless options to support families caring for loved ones as they age.
We’ve barely scratched the surface here so if you have any questions about any of the programs listed here or are just interested in learning more about the services that we provide, please give us a call!
And of course…the answer to the biggest building in Oakville? The Ford plant of course! 5.4M sq ft?!?