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Inpatient Unit 

About Our Inpatient Units  

Inpatient treatment is a type of treatment in which a patient is provided with 24 hour, monitored care.


All inpatient rooms are located on the third level of the hospital. We have 45 inpatient medical beds and over 80% of these beds are private. Groves Hospital Inpatient Unit offers the following resources: Speech Language Pathology, Respiratory Therapy, Physiotherapy and Social Work Support. Please note, we do not offer Occupational Therapy. ​

Physicians and hospitals follow a specific set of clinical criteria (severity of illness and intensity of service needed to diagnose and treat) that assists in determining whether a patient meets medical necessity for an “inpatient” status in the hospital. 

If your acute care changes as an inpatient, you may be transferred to another site that specializes in the care you receive. 

For more information about your hospital admission, please view our Patient and Visitor Guide.

Palliative Care 

Hospice Palliative Care aims to relieve suffering and improve the quality of living and dying.

At Groves Memorial Community Hospital, our palliative care providers promote comfort for the person who is dealing with a life-threatening illness when the focus of care is no longer to cure.


We take a holistic approach, viewing the patient and family as the unit of care within the psychological, social, cultural, spiritual and practical domains. Our approach is multi-disciplinary, drawing on the unique knowledge and skills of the palliative care team in order to manage pain and other distressing symptoms.

Resources for Families:

Advanced Care Planning Canada

Hospice Palliative Care Ontario

Hospice Wellington

Hospital Elder Life Program 

We recognize that many older adults, while in the hospital, have difficulty with memory, confusion, nutrition and mobility. The Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP) provides specific interventions to help keep the mind and body active, so cognitive and physical functioning can be maintained.​

How It Works:

​Through a screening process and interview with the patient, the Elder Life Specialist will develop a “care plan” specific to each patient, listing specific interventions for trained HELP volunteers to carry-out during their volunteer shifts. Interventions include:

  • Regular orientation, socialization and mental stimulation

  • Therapeutic activities: friendly visiting, newspaper, cards, word puzzles, etc.

  • Promotion of regular exercise eg. ROM exercises or supervised walking

  • Encouragement and set-up for meals and fluids

  • Promotion of healthy sleep by engaging patients in meaningful activities and preventing excess napping throughout the day.

Patient Eligibility:

The HELP program is designed for a specific demographic of patients. Our services are deigned to address the frail and elderly.


  • Age 65+, or geriatric profile

  • At least one risk factor for cognitive or functional decline

  • Risk Factors include: cognitive impairment, vision impairment, hearing impairment, dehydration, mobility impairment

  • Patients who are physically stable enough to participate

  • Not on enhanced or airborne precautions

If you would like to be involved with the HELP program as a patient or to volunteer, please contact:

Elder Life Specialist
519-843-2010 x40716 


Click Here for Ways to Support a Loved One Experiencing Delirium

St. John's Ambulance Therapy Dogs

In partnership with St. John’s Ambulance, Groves Hospital will be offering pet therapy for patients and staff to enjoy the therapeutic value of animal visitation. Therapy dog teams will be supported by the Elder Life Specialist and Social Workers.  

Therapy dogs will be onsite on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:00pm to provide moments of joy, comfort and emotional support to our staff and patients. Through petting, affection and regular visitation, many people benefit physically and emotionally from the unconditional love of a dog.

Staff, patients or family can refer a patient for a visit by contacting the Elder Life Specialist or Social Worker. Patients or designates must consent to the visit and the patient must not meet any of the exclusion criteria.


Dog therapy visits are excluded for patients:

  • requiring additional precautions (contact, droplet etc.)

  • with non-protected invasive devices (IVs, PICCs, CL etc.)

  • with open/undressed wounds

  • vulnerable individuals (labouring mothers, newborns or as assessed by CRL, MRN or MD)

  • who are immune compromised with infection risk


Location exclusions include:

  • Food preparation or dining areas

  • Medication areas

  • Surgical suites or sterile storage areas

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