Seniors in Brampton Civic Hospital’s emergency department (ED) will soon be a lot more comfortable thanks to a Brampton family. READ MORE: Osler Foundation
Last week, members of the Zucchero family dropped by the hospital to make a $10,000 donation in memory of Sal Zucchero, who passed away in December. In his later years, Sal was a frequent visitor to Brampton Civic’s ED and spent a fair amount of time in the department’s senior-friendly rooms. To honour his memory and to help make other seniors in the ED more comfortable, the family requested their donation go towards the purchase of a comfortable, adjustable bed for the seniors’ rooms. READ MORE: Osler's Emergency Department
Brampton Civic’s ED is the busiest in Ontario, with high usage by the community’s senior population. Last year, Brampton Civic emergency department staff and physicians treated more than 21,000 seniors, which is significantly higher than the provincial average of 14,000.
To help seniors feel more safe and comfortable during their stays in the ED, Osler converted two ED rooms into senior-friendly spaces with features like non-skid flooring, grab bars, raised toilets, specialized chairs and dimmer lighting. The rooms are also equipped with senior-friendly items such as reading magnifiers, portable sound amplifiers called “pocket talkers” and non-skid socks.