Chronic Ventilatory Care Environments in the SWLIHN

For those patients who require long term ventilation due to the chronic sequelae of an acute illness or injury, there are several different care environments to have their care needs met . The patient’s plan of care and care environment will depend upon patient care needs, patient goals of care, and prognosis.


Long Term Ventilation at Parkwood Hospital

The Complex Care Program at Parkwood Hospital provides a clinical setting for patients requiring long-term mechanical ventilation (LTV) and has five beds within the Complex Care Program that can be used for the residential care of "medically stable" ventilator dependant individuals.

The purpose of transferring these individuals to the Complex Care Program is to provide a more appropriate setting to care for and manage their health, welfare and social needs. This transfer will also help increase the capacity of critical care areas across the region. This facility is not mandated, staffed or resourced to facilitate protocols for attempting weaning from mechanical ventilation.

Parkwood admission form


Assisted Living – Participation House

Participation House Support Services provides home-based supports to people with complex physical needs including
those who are technology dependent. With support, individuals live within a shared home environment and participate in their local

Working in partnership with doctors, hospitals and other community services, we are able to provide a valuable service that
enriches the community, the individuals and their families.

In Patient’s Home

Occasionally, a LTV patient can be supported in his or her home environment. This can be accomplished only with tremendous resources (e.g., insurance, family providers, monies, etc) and partnerships among community agencies, families, and the patient.

For the majority of our LTV patients, this is not a feasible option due to limited resources. There is minimal CCAC support for these patients, and often finding the professional care providers is limited.