The clinical manager is responsible for the day to day operations of the unit regarding human resources, budget, supplies, and patient care. If a concern is not able to be addressed by the unit staff it can be brought to the manager’s attention.
Clinical Manager on GDU
Bonnie Jean Baptiste
905.430.4055 ext. 6894
The Social Worker is responsible for maintaining contact with the patient and family regarding our assessment, treatment/care plans, and discharge planning. The Social Worker will support the family in how to navigate through various systems in long-term care placement planning.
Social Worker on GDU:
905.430.4055 ext. 6291
The geriatric psychiatrist is a specialist physician with expertise in the interplay between aging, complex medical issues, mental illness, cognition and behaviour. They will consult on your loved one and work with the team to develop a comprehensive treatment plan including pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic recommendations.
Geriatric Psychiatrist on GDU:
Patient Care Facilitator
The patient care facilitator (or PCF) is a nurse who plays a key role in coordinating care within the treatment team and communicating with patients and their families. The PCF is available from 7:00am-3:00pm from Monday to Friday (excluding holidays).
The role of a Recreation Therapist (RT) is to assess, design, implement and evaluate therapeutic recreational programming for the patients on GTU. A variety of leisure opportunities are provided to engage individuals to achieve quality of life and optimal health.
Nurses and Patient Care Attendants
Nurses and patient care attendants work together to provide much of the daily care for patients on GTU. Nurses are responsible for ensuring the patient’s daily needs are met including medication administration, one-to-one support, and personal care of those patients requiring assistance.
The role of a Behaviour Therapist (BT) is to gather and analyze data regarding patient’s responsive behaviours and to develop plans of care that reduce/eliminate the responsive behaviours. The behaviour therapist works with the patient and their families to determine positive reinforcement strategies and utilizes non-pharmacological interventions for the patient.
The Occupational Therapist (OT) works collaboratively with other members of the interprofessional team to assess and support the person’s day to day function in order to promote independence. The OT role can include addressing feeding and dressing skills, sensory needs, mobility, falls prevention, equipment needs and environmental modifications.
The Nurse Practitioner is an RN(EC) with a Masters of Nursing and a Nurse Practitioner degree and they will be the most responsible provider for your loved one. They perform a thorough assessment, including a number of investigations (such as blood and urine tests), reviewing history from family and other institutions, and observing behaviour in the current environment. After the assessment, the nurse practitioner will work with the team to create a comprehensive treatment plan that will include both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic recommendations.