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Geriatric Psychiatry Unit (GPU)

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The Geriatric Psychiatry Unit is a 25-bed inpatient unit at Ontario Shores that provides specialized services to meet the complex mental health needs of seniors with serious mental illness including individuals who are resistant to treatment. An interprofessional healthcare team provides a range of psychogeriatric resources to address the assessment, diagnostic, treatment and transitional care needs of seniors with complex mental health challenges.

What we do on the Geriatric Psychiatry Unit (GPU) 

  • Comprehensive assessments provided by an interprofessional team that identify mental health issues, clarify diagnosis and identify possible factors that contribute to challenging behaviours
  • Individualized care plans, which are developed to manage symptoms, address needs and develop management techniques
  • Education for patients, families and caregivers 
  • Discharge planning to assist patients as they transition into the community or long-term care

What makes the GPU unique?   

  • GPU is able to offer Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for psychosis and/or Family Intervention Therapy for patients and families who meet the screening criteria.  
Age

For ages 65 +

Inclusion Criteria

Individuals usually 65 years old and older who are medically stable and have a severe or complex aged related mental illness with psychiatric or physical needs that cause excessive disability, risk to safety and challenging behaviours.

Service Access

Referrals are accepted from hospitals, long term care facilities, family physicians and specialists as well as from other Ontario Shores inpatient units. All referrals are welcome, including those from outside our primary service area.

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