February 2, 2019

LOFT to deliver Integrated Psychogeriatric Outreach for Older Adults in Central LHIN
Aims to enhance service in York Region, and expand into South Simcoe

Following a successful Request for Proposal process, LOFT Community Services will take over the Integrated Psychogeriatric Outreach Program (IPOP) in the Central LHIN effective April 1, 2019.

This is good news for the region’s rapidly growing seniors’ population. By 2035, Central LHIN is projected to have over half a million seniors living within its boundaries – nearly a quarter of the population (22.4%) – many of whom will struggle with mental health issues.

Increasing timely access to appropriate mental health supports is a priority for Central LHIN. Selecting LOFT as the new provider enables the Central LHIN to help an increased number of older adults, in more communities in our region.

Funded by Central LHIN since 2008, the IPOP is currently available to residents of York Region. LOFT has plans to expand this service to patients living in the South Simcoe area of the LHIN and anticipates being able to see more patients overall.

IPOP provides comprehensive assessments, treatment planning and education support that assists seniors with mental health and/or dementia related issues to continue living independently in the community. By increasing access to appropriate care and community supports, it also reduces avoidable emergency department visits and admissions, which contribute to hospital overcrowding.

LOFT has provided specialized, community-based support services to older adults, including seniors with complex challenges such as dementia, addiction, mental health and behavioural issues for over three decades, making them an ideal IPOP provider.

In addition, thanks to their many existing community partnerships – for example with agencies such as the Canadian Mental Health Association of York Region, Southlake Regional Health Centre and Behavioural Supports Ontario – LOFT can also provide a seamless transition from intake and assessment all the way to service delivery. This more centralized way of delivering IPOP will vastly improve patients’ experience of their care, which is another key area of focus for Central LHIN.

Between now and April 1, when LOFT officially takes over the IPOP, the Central LHIN will work closely with the current provider, the Regional Municipality of York, and LOFT to ensure service continuity and a seamless transition of care for patients and their families.