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Geriatric Transitional Unit (GTU)

The Geriatric Transitional Unit is a 20-bed inpatient; 59-day length of stay, unit at Ontario Shores that provides specialized services to meet the mental health needs of individuals with a primary diagnosis of dementia and presenting with challenging behaviours 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. 

What we do on the Geriatric Transitional Unit (GTU)

  • Comprehensive assessments that identify mental health issues, clarify diagnosis and identify possible factors that contribute to challenging behaviours
  • Person-centred care plans, which are developed to manage symptoms, address needs and reduce challenging behaviours
  • Family support and education through family meetings with the Ontario Shores team, unit gatherings and special events, as well as providing connections within the community
  • Discharge planning to assist patients as they transition to the back to Acute Care or into Long Term Care. The expected length of stay is typically under 59 days. A pre-discharge meeting can be arranged with the discharge facility, Ontario Shores team, community resources involved, and the families.

What makes the GTU unique?

  • The GTU team is fortunate to have a Behaviour Therapist as a member of the interprofessional team. The Behaviour Therapist helps to understand and address the reason(s) that are causing the behaviour disturbance and thereby improving the quality of life for the patient.  
  • All members of the GTU team provide non-pharmacological interventions specific to each individual’s plan of care with family involvement. Some examples are:
    • Music therapy
    • Reminiscent therapy
    • Pet therapy
    • Daily walks
    • Karaoke Tuesdays
    • Balloon badminton
Age

For ages 55+ 

Inclusion Criteria

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.

Service Access

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

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