Geriatric Transitional Unit

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 under 55 who fit diagnostic criteria will be considered on a case by case basis.

Services include:
  • Comprehensive assessments provided by an inter-professional team that identify mental health issues, clarify diagnosis and identify factors contributing to challenging behaviours
  • Individualized care plans are developed to manage symptoms, address needs and develop techniques to manage challenging behaviours 
  • Education for patients, families and caregivers
  • Discharge planning to assist patients as they transition back to Acute Care or into Long Term Care 
Eligibility:
Individuals usually 55 years old and older who are medically stable and have a primary diagnosis of an age-related dementia, showing signs of behavioural disturbance and resistance to treatment.

How to access this service

Referrals are accepted from acute care facilities. 

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Information for Caregivers of people with Dementia