Mental Health Care: Geriatric Psychiatry Program

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Geriatric Mental Health CareThe Geriatric Psychiatry Program provides specialized care and support to aging clients who suffer from late onset mental illnesses or severe behavioural responses. The program focuses on assessment, treatment, rehabilitation, prevention, family/community support and education. The team provides a rounded approach to care which includes the mental, physical, spiritual, cultural, psychological and social aspects of aging.

Who We Are

The Geriatric Psychiatry Program provides specialized care and support to older-adult patients who live with late onset mental illnesses or severe behavioural responses. The program focuses on assessment, treatment, rehabilitation, prevention, family/community support and education. 

The multidisciplinary team provides a complete approach to care which encompasses the mental, physical, spiritual, cultural, psychological, and social aspects of aging.

The Geriatric Psychiatry Program provides both inpatient and outpatient care.  

Our Aim

We aim to provide skilled, respectful and compassionate care for aging patients with complex mental health concerns. Our inter professional team works with patients, their families and our external partners to provide holistic care that is hope-driven, strength-based and empowering. 

Our Team

Our team is comprised of professionals from the disciplines of psychiatry, medicine, nursing, social work, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, psychology, therapeutic recreation, pharmacy, and clinical nutrition.

Our Role

We work collaboratively to provide care and support for patients and their family members whether in hospital, in their own residence or in long-term care homes.

Teaching and Research 

We work with educational institutions across Canada and beyond in placing students from across all disciplines in a clinical atmosphere for the purposes of education and skill development. We take pride in contributing to the education of future care providers for the aging population. Our team members are committed to continuous learning and our environment is supportive of individual growth and knowledge sharing.

The program supports an innovative formalized approach to research and program evaluation, which enables us to better understand the needs of our patients, resulting in enhancements to care.

Community Connection

The Geriatric Psychiatry Program includes both an inpatient unit as well as outpatient services comprised of an Outreach Team, Discharge Liaison Team and an Outpatient Day Treatment Program. 

We are partners in care with health care providers and agencies in the community. We integrate our services with community providers so patients receive the support that best meets their needs. Our mandate is to share expertise with community partners which enhances understanding and builds capacity to ensure the best possible care for older adults with mental health concerns.

Through networking with other specialized geriatric services, family physicians, community agencies, long-term care homes and other service providers, the program offers a collaborative approach to assessment and intervention processes that are designed to benefit patients and their families.

Last updated: Tue, 2015-10-06 14:02