Baycrest Health Sciences

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Baycrest Health Sciences     
Spiritual Care Department
3560 Bathurst St.,
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M6A 2E1

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Centre Director
Rabbi Dr. Geoffrey Haber RP

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About Baycrest

Baycrest Health Sciences is a global leader in geriatric residential living, healthcare, research, innovation and education, with a special focus on brain health and aging. As an academic health sciences centre fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, Baycrest provides an exemplary care experience for aging clients combined with an extensive clinical training program for students and one of the world's top research institutes in cognitive neuroscience. Through its commercial and consulting arms, Baycrest is marketing its sought-after expertise and innovation to other healthcare organizations and long-term care homes, both in Canada and internationally.

Founded in 1918 as the Jewish Home for Aged, Baycrest continues to embrace the long-standing tradition of all great Jewish healthcare institutions to improve the wellbeing of people in their local communities and around the globe. After years of growth and expansion, in 1954 residents move to a combined Jewish Home for the Aged and Baycrest Hospital on Bathurst Street and in 1967 the organization officially incorporated as Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care. The Hospital has five patient floors with two sides (East and West) divided as follows: Short-term Rehab and Transitional Care (3rd floor), Inpatient Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurology (4th floor), Complex Continuing Care (5th floor), Complex Continuing Care and Palliative Care (6th floor) and Complex Continuing Care and Slow-stream Rehab (7th floor).  In 1970 Baycrest opened an acute care unit - the first to be approved in a chronic care hospital.

Baycrest continued to expand with the building of The Terraces of Baycrest, an assisted living residence for seniors in 1976. Baycrest formally affiliated as an academic centre of the University of Toronto in 1989 and the new Rotman Research Institute recruited top scientists to collaborate on research into brain and behavior changes in aging. In 2000 the new Apotex Centre, Jewish Home for the Aged and The Louis and Leah Posluns Centre for Stroke and Cognition opened its doors. The Apotex Centre-Jewish Home for the Aged has six patient floors divided into four pods (North, South, East & West) arranged according to service delivery type: Physical Support (2nd floor), Cognitive Support (3rd floor), Mental Health (4th floor),

Dementia (5th-7th floors) and Stroke (7th floor). 2001 saw seniors move into the Reuben Cipin Healthy Living Community (2 Neptune Dr.), a condominium-style life lease building. Baycrest continues to grow in the field of the aging brain and in 2010, the new Charlotte and Lewis Steinberg Family Slow Stream Rehabilitation Unit offers longer stay, low intensity therapy to frail seniors in addition to the regular rehabilitation unit. Today, the “Next Generation of Baycrest” is an ambitious new plan to achieve Baycrest’s goal of becoming the global centre of excellence in brain health and aging.

Unique features of CPE at Baycrest

As part of a teaching hospital the Spiritual Care team offers learning opportunities for students, clergy and those preparing to work in institutions as Spiritual Care Professionals (Chaplains) through courses in Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE).

There are several unique features of the CPE program at Baycrest

• Inter-professional Collaboration

Many opportunities for the integration of inter-professional collaboration have been incorporated into all facets of practice and education. The CPE students work and train with other health professionals and students from diverse professions.

• Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care

Baycrest provides a continuum of culturally and linguistically appropriate care to seniors of Jewish and other cultural backgrounds. The diversity of education opportunities available to CPE students greatly enhances the quality of the CPE unit.

• Jewish Culture, Heritage and Religion

As a Jewish faith-based organization, students will have the opportunity to become familiar with and to gain knowledge in Jewish culture, heritage and religion and learn how to interact with Holocaust survivors, especially in the Apotex Centre - Jewish Home for the Aged, which has the largest concentration of

Holocaust survivors in Canada.

• Multi-faith, Pluralistic Context

The diverse population of patients, particularly in the Hospital, and staff at Baycrest allows students to become familiar with and to gain competence in providing spiritual care in a multi-faith context. Students have opportunities to learn central aspects of the major religious traditions (particularly as these relate to understandings of life, death, health, and illness) through their work with patients/ family/staff from the many traditions.