Belmont House Today – Leadership Beyond Its Walls
Belmont House today is a state-of-the-art facility that is home to 140 long-term care residents and 85 retirement tenants and is renowned for its progressive care and assisted retirement living for seniors.
We are a Christian charity whose long-held history of providing quality programs and services to address unmet needs of Ontarians continues since its founding in 1852 as a place for women to live when released from prison. It is in this spirit that Belmont House proactively seeks new ways to contribute to the care of seniors, sharing expertise and resources in partnership with organizations with similar goals.
“Our 165th Anniversary serves as a marker not only to celebrate our rich history but also to recognize our leadership in planning for seniors’ care now and for generations to come, ” says Maria Elias, CEO.
We also collaborate with our local community for the betterment of all. Partnerships with the following organizations result in innovative care for Belmont House tenants and residents, while shaping care for seniors beyond its walls: Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network; Community Care Access Centres; Ontario Gerontology Association; Gerontological Nursing Association of Canada; Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario; Health Quality Ontario; Accreditation Canada; the Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors; and the Ontario Long-Term Care Association.
Belmont staff and Board of Directors work to shape and advance professional standards within their respective professions through participation in professional associations, including nursing, dietitians, physicians, accountants, fundraising, health services administration, human resources, finance, and recreation professionals.
Spiritual life thrives through regular church services, including Communion, offered on site to the people of Belmont House by dedicated clergy from many local churches.
Nursing, dietary, recreation, and human resources students gain on-the-job-training during placements from Centennial, Seneca, George Brown, Humber and Sheridan Colleges and Ryerson University. Similarly, Masters of Health Sciences students from the University of Toronto gain administrative experience.
As a socially responsible community member, Belmont House staff works with Toronto Public Health, the Toronto Western Hospital Emergency Mobile Unit, the Regional Psychogeriatric Resource Consultants, the St. Michael’s Hospital Mental Health Outreach Team, and other local hospitals to access and share chiropody, eye and hearing care, and other specialized professional services and expertise.
The team also participates in local activities through the Yonge Bay Bloor Association and the ABC Ratepayers Association and promotes intergenerational programs with local public schools where young people and seniors share experiences and develop friendships. High school students also fulfill required volunteer hours and complete co-op placements.
The Belmont House of today is a thriving, dynamic centre of care that is leading the way for the seniors of tomorrow.