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Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Ontario Shores Announces New Geriatric Transitional Unit

Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores) has officially opened a new 20-bed inpatient unit that will provide specialized services for older adults with dementia, presenting with complex behaviours, who are currently in an acute care hospital and require specialized mental health care treatment to support their return to the community.

The Geriatric Transitional Unit (GTU) will help the local health system to respond to capacity pressures experienced in acute care hospitals when patients with challenging behaviours no longer require acute care but are not able to transition to an alternate setting such as a long-term care home.  This unit will provide assessment, stabilization, treatment and management of dementia-related behaviours with the goal of timely community reintegration so that patients can successfully transition to long-term care or the referring organization.

The unit, funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care through the Central East Local Health Integration Network (Central East LHIN), will have an interprofessional care team consisting of registered nurses, registered practical nurses, recreational therapist, social worker, occupational therapist, psychiatrist and behavioural therapists.

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