Geriatric Transitional Unit (GTU)

The Geriatric Transitional Unit is a 20-bed inpatient; 59-day length of stay, unit at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores) that provides specialized services to meet the mental health needs of individuals with a primary diagnosis of dementia and presenting with challenging behaviour or severe psychiatric symptomatology. This includes psychogeriatric resources to address the assessment, management and transitional care needs of the client with the goal of reintegration to community or long term care. 
Individuals usually 55 years old and older who are medically stable and have a primary diagnosis of an age-related dementia, who show signs of behavioural disturbance and resistance to treatment. Individuals under 55 who fit diagnostic criteria will be considered on a case by case basis.

How to access this service

Referrals are accepted from acute care facilities through our Referral Form.

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What makes GTU unique? What does the program offer? Read a patient story. See a unit photo gallery.
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Once your loved-one is admitted you become a member of the GTU community. Visit this page regularly to find out what's happening on the unit.

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