Please see listing below of services and resources available to St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph clients as stipulated in the descriptions. Click each service/resource to learn more.






Ethics Committee

From time to time, clients, their families, and healthcare providers are faced with difficult medical and quality of life choices involving moral values, beliefs, traditions, and preferences. Ethics in healthcare is the rational examination of what constitutes ‘right’ and ‘wrong’; the human, legal, and moral rights that we have; and the associated obligations that healthcare professionals have to their patients.

Through its Ethics Committee, St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph (SJHCG) is committed to assisting the SJHCG community in developing an understanding of ethical issues and enhancing decision-making skills.

View additional information about Ethics at SJHCG

Guelph Youth Farm

We reach beyond our traditional healthcare provider role and look for opportunities to partner with our community to support health and wellbeing. Innovative initiatives, such as our partnership with The SEED food project and its Guelph Youth Farm, not only enrich the high-quality care we provide, but also allow us to make the most efficient use of our resources while giving back to our community.

In partnership with Guelph Community Health Centre’s The SEED food project and Everdale Teaching Farm, St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph (SJHCG) supports the food project by providing the quarter-acre plot of land for the Guelph Youth farm. Through the Local Food Jobs program, young adults grow and sell organic produce and learn about urban farming, leadership, and food literacy.

Clients of SJHCG can take advantage of activities that strengthen gross and fine motor skills and incorporate horticultural therapy in an innovative way. They can interact with the land, build new friendships with youth, and connect with the community.

View additional information about the Guelph Youth Farm

Hair Care Centre

Forever Young Hair Care Group has been operating the Hair Salon at St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph since the fall of 2017.

Forever Young is committed to providing an excellent salon experience and offers products and scheduling services to our clients. Billing is through residents’ trust accounts and/or direct billing to clients or clients’ families.

Forever Young has provided hair care services for residents in seniors’ homes, nursing homes, long term care homes, and hospitals in Montreal for over 50 years. They expanded the operation to Southern Ontario 15 years ago and are presently contracted to provide services to over 80 senior’s facilities including Hamilton Health Sciences (St. Peter’s Site) and Grand River Hospital (Freeport Site).


To learn more about SJHCG’s Hair Care Centre, please contact our Vice President, Finance and Information Services, at 519-824-6000 ext. 4105.


In partnership with Recreation Therapy, St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph (SJHCG) is happy to offer clients, their families, staff, and volunteers access to library materials.

Our librarian is available to provide support to clients in their search for materials and resources, and will arrange assessments to ensure that clients have access to the material and information they want in formats that, as much as possible, suit their individual needs.

There are designated computers available to clients throughout the Health Centre for accessing the Internet to learn more about health issues.

Additionally, each neighbourhood (unit), keeps a collection of material on hand that can be borrowed, and the Guelph Public Library Bookmobile visits SJHCG once per week.

Note: Our library, formerly located on Level 1, is currently undergoing repairs. In the meantime, books can be accessed by clients, families, staff, and volunteers in the North and Main Lobbies. We appreciate your patience as this work is completed.


For more information about library services at SJHCG, contact the SJHCG Librarian at 519-824-6000 ext. 4689.

Nutrition and Food Services

The Nutrition and Food Services Department makes every effort to provide our patients and residents with a menu that offers enough variety and choice to suit many preferences.  Our Clinical Dietitians are available to provide individualized counselling to residents and patients, and advise those with special dietary needs or concerns.

Long Term Care

Residents enjoy their meals in the cozy atmosphere of the dining rooms associated with their home neighbourhoods. Meals are heated in the neighbourhood dining areas just in time for meal service and provide our residents with variety and a personalized dining experience. Snacks are available between meals.


Patients in our Hospital units will receive their meals on a tray to eat either in the dining room on their unit, or in their room, depending upon the level of care required. Dietary staff can be found on the Hospital units providing personalized meal selection from Monday to Friday.


Our cafeteria is located on the first level of the Health Centre. It is open to staff, clients, and visitors, Monday to Friday between 8:00 AM – 10:30 AM pm and 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM. Holidays are excluded.


To learn more about Nutrition and Food Services at SJHCG, please contact our Food Services Department at 519-824-6000 ext.4232 or 4407.

Recreation Therapy

Recreation Therapy is the practice of using purposeful and self-rewarding recreation activities and interventions to support development, health, and well-being.

St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph (SJHCG) offers 2 therapeutic disciplines: Recreation Therapy and Music Therapy.

Each program is led by a specially trained professional. After an assessment, a recreation therapist will recommend programs and services that best suit the person’s abilities and individual goals. This may include referral to music therapy or a variety of community partnerships such as pet visiting.

Social Work

Our Social Work Department is available to help clients and their family members deal with personal, family, and financial matters. Whether a person is experiencing difficulties adjusting to a new environment or medical condition, trying to navigate income support programs, or considering creating a Power of Attorney for personal care or property, social work can help.


To learn more about Social Work at SJHCG, please call 519-824-6000 ext. 4315


Telemedicine, provided by the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN), uses telecommunications technology to provide clinical healthcare in Ontario at a distance. It helps improve access to medical services. Telemedicine uses videoconferencing and other electronic equipment to allow you to access specialized care no matter where you live.

Access to Telemedicine equipment is available at St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph (SJHCG) and other locations throughout Waterloo Wellington. At SJHCG, we currently able offer Telemedicine appointments, Telemedicine educational sessions, and Teledermatology.

View additional information and frequently asked questions about Telemedicine