A partnership between Bayshore HealthCare and Kingston Health Sciences Centre has received funding to operate for a second year. The Alternative Level of Care (ALC) Transitional Care Unit, operated by Bayshore HealthCare, was extremely successful in its first year. It was able to decrease the amount of time ALC patients remained in the hospital, allowing them to transition to a more appropriate environment based on their needs. It is a 10 bed unit, located in a retirement home, which serves patients who still require support, but no longer need the complex care provided by KHSC. The goal of the pilot program was to have patients receiving care on the transition unit for 45 to 60 days, but caregivers found that the average patient was ready to transition out of the program after only 33 days. Many times patients transitioned back into their own homes, but sometimes patients chose to transition into a retirement community instead. More than 95 patients have been cared for through the pilot program, adding up to over 2400 days of hospital beds being made available for patients who required a higher level of care.