The Current State of Specialized Older Persons’ Care: A Detailed Look at Specialized Geriatric Services in Ontario (2022)

Beginning in 2018, PGLO commenced the collection of comprehensive data related to specialized geriatric programs and services in the province of Ontario at request of the Ministry of Health. Specialized Geriatric Services (SGS) are defined as comprehensive, coordinated health services that assess, diagnose, and treat older adults living with complex health and social conditions. These services are provided across the continuum of care by interprofessional teams with expertise in the care of older adults.

Under the leadership of the Provincial SGS Asset Mapping Working Group, the Provincial SGS Asset Mapping Initiative informs a current state view of the supply and utilization of health services designed for older people living with complex health conditions. Data is collected directly from programs and services via a secure customized web portal designed in collaboration with, and maintained by, Health Sciences North.

The data collected is used to produce maps and reports that:

  • Enable the public and others to locate geriatric services in their community
  • Contribute to capacity planning by identifying the current supply and utilization of geriatric services
  • Support the spread of effective clinical models
  • Inform management decision making and health system design

As of 2019/20, more than 1600 health professionals with specific training in geriatric care were reported to be working in approximately 240 dedicated geriatric programs in Ontario. These programs served approximately 96,000 patients, providing roughly 326,000 visits.

The data picture presented in this report reflects the only data initiative focused solely on geriatric clinical services in the province.

Data note: This report includes data collected up to March 24, 2022 for the fiscal years 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20