Geriatric Dementia Unit

The Geriatric Dementia Unit is a 23-bed inpatient unit at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores) that provides specialized services to meet the mental health needs of patients with dementia and challenging behaviours. 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.

Services include:
  • 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
Individuals usually 65 years old and older who are medically stable and have age-related dementia, showing signs of behavioural disturbance and resistance to treatment. Individuals under 65 who fit diagnostic criteria will be considered on a case by case basis.

How to access this service

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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