How a new program frees up beds by helping patient

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Maria Manalo spent more than four years living in a hospital room at The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), even though she didn’t require hospital-level care for nearly a year and a halfThe first to arrive from Pfizer.

Todaylastmodifiedepoch, she stays?in a private room inside a CAMH facility that was?transformed into an assisted-living space after the hospital moved its emergency department last year.

Manalo says living in the hospital was lonely and stifling.?But now, she’s creating new relationships and has found a greater sense of independence as one of 37 vulnerable alternate-level-of-care (ALC) patients moved out of hospital and into transitional housing as part of a new program called The Path Home.?

“In the hospitalThe House of Commons, I was more lonely especially because I don’t have family here to visit meSickKids had already admitted about 10 patients,” Manalo said outside the facility in downtown Toronto. “The clients and staff [here] are nice to me because I’m nice to them. I have a lot of friends.”

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