Hospital To Cease Seniors Day Care Service

May 1, 2013

The Bermuda Hospitals Board today announced that it will be ceasing to provide a day care service for seniors from its Continuing Care Unit from 28 June 2013.

Clients and their families have been informed and directed to other organizations that provide a similar day time service in the community. The service is separate to the CCU residential service in CCU Lower, CCU Upper and the Alzheimer’s Related Disorder Unit [ARDU], which has over 100 beds and will continue operating as usual.

The day care service was for seniors who lived outside of CCU and provided supervision, recreation/socialization, meals and medication delivery on week days.

BHB had provided this service from the Continuing Care Unit for over twenty years, but the number of visits had decreased in recent times. The average monthly number of visits per client had dropped 50% from 15 to 8 from fiscal year 2008/9 to 2012/13. This resulted in about 6 to 8 clients using the service each day last year. The service costs $270,000 per year to run, BHB said.

Granville Russell, Director of the Continuing Care Unit comments: “We are sorry to say goodbye to our day care clients, but with reduced client visits, the retirement of two key members of staff and increasing space pressures within the CCU facility, it was time to review the viability of this service.

“We felt this was not a core BHB service and similar services are already provided by others in the community at a fair price. For the numbers concerned, BHB could not maintain this service at a viable price in order to cover its costs. I would like to thank our retiring staff and the drivers who provided a wonderful day time service and recognize their hard work in catering for this group.”

The service employed one registered nurse, an activity aide and two part-time drivers. The staff members in the nurse and activity aide positions are retiring. The drivers already had other duties within CCU and will remain with BHB.

Venetta Symonds, CEO & President adds: “BHB is about to go through an intensive process of service review and reshaping that will take about 4 to 6 months. The retirement of key staff in this service meant a decision on this service had to made ahead of the full review, but a full business case with multiple options was considered by the Senior Management Team.

“We will be asking the same questions about all our services – should BHB be providing it, or is it better provided by others, whether Government or the private sector. The pressure is there for BHB to focus on its core services and ensure they are provided at the highest quality and at best value.

“The strategic planning process will require collaboration and cooperation across the healthcare continuum, which is a positive development for Bermuda. While I anticipate some reshaping of BHB services after this process, it will be coordinated sensitively to ensure minimal disruptions for our clients, patients and staff.”

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  1. Islander says:

    Perhaps the day care scheme needed to be revamped to make it more attractive to families who wants or wanted to place their loved one there.

    • Black Soil says:

      For years the hospital has been abused by families who don’t want to either care for their elderly, or don’t want to pay for others to care for their elderly. This abuse has to stop. Govt now needs to do what it can to encourage the development of old folk homes in Bermuda. Looking after the elderly is a huge issue in Bermuda.

  2. Question says:

    Is it fair to ask if the affected seniors are satisfied with the alternative organizations and services that they have been directed to?

  3. Out of flight says:

    I thought the OBA cared so much about seniors.

  4. frank says:

    remmember the oba’s key word leading up to the election was change i’ll say it again you knew what you had but you had no idea what evil people you put in all part of the secret evil plan

    • CBA says:

      This is an OBA decision? I thought it was a decision by the Bermuda Hospital Board?

  5. Wow says:

    So is this an OBA problem or a business problem??

    …”The retirement of key staff in this service meant a decision on this service had to made ahead of the full review, but a full business case with multiple options was considered by the Senior Management Team.”

  6. Good Decision says:

    All services offered should continually be reviewed depending on demand. This is a sensible decision if demand has been shrinking. Well done BHB. Health care costs have been escalating at a painful rate for all of us. Please continue to reduce areas and costs and change where necessary. Change is positive and should be embraced. We all will benefit. Thank you from all of us.

  7. Victor says:

    Lucky seniors – I think few people realise what the conditions and treatment within CCU are – it is literally a foregotten area.

  8. Zombie Apocalypse says:

    Obviously, a hospital is not the best place for daycare for seniors.

  9. disillusioned already! says:

    Let’s face it – the country is bankrupt in all but name.

    Services will HAVE to be cut. We, as a nation, have no choice – whether a PLP or OBA Government. So, if services are being duplicated like this one, then difficult choices have to be made as to which will stop. This seems a sensible move to me, as the people affected have other choices.

    If it’s not this service – which one would you be pleased to see cut?