Senior Friendly Hospitals

Improving the health and wellbeing of seniors in hospital

Seniors are three times more likely to be hospitalized than younger people and receive care in nearly every area of the hospital. A hospital stay can have a major influence on the health and wellbeing of seniors.  

However, evidence shows that seniors’ health declines the longer they stay in hospital as a result of complications, lack of activity and infections.  This can lead to longer hospital stays and reduce their chances of returning home and regaining their health and independence.

Ontario’s Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) have been leading a Senior Friendly Hospital Strategy – an initiative to improve seniors’ health and prevent their physical and mental decline in hospital.  By acting together, hospitals can improve the experience and outcomes of older adults in Ontario hospitals.  

The Senior Friendly Hospital Strategy is:

  • Improving the health, wellbeing and experience of seniors in Ontario hospitals, helping them get back home sooner and healthier.
  • Improving seniors’ ability to live independently and stay out of hospital.
  • Enhancing the value of health care dollars.
  • Helping to reduce alternate level of care by supporting people to transition to the right place of care after a hospital stay.
  • Promoting quality improvement initiatives that can be included in hospital Quality Improvement Plans as part of Excellent Care for All.

In 2011, each hospital assessed their successful seniors’ initiatives, and identified opportunities for improvement and action. 

Click here to read a Summary of Senior Friendly Care in South West LHIN Hospitals completed in collaboration with the Regional Geriatric Program and released in June, 2011.

Click here to read the Provincial Report or visit the provincial website: for more information

All adult hospitals in Ontario have completed a Senior Friendly Hospital Assessment.  Summary reports for each LHIN and a summary provincial report were developed in collaboration with the Regional Geriatric Programs of Ontario.