We provide Comprehensive Geriatric Assessments for older adults, and when it's needed and appropriate, we put our patients in touch with community support services. A Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment is a multidimensional, interdisciplinary diagnostic process to determine the medical, psychological and functional capabilities of an older adult to develop a co-ordinated and integrated plan for management and longitudinal follow-up.
The Acute Care for the Elderly Unit provides an elder-friendly environment for patients over 70 years of age who have multiple chronic health conditions, may be seeing a decline in their function and/or are facing complex social issues.
There is an emphasis on the patient’s mobility and function to help them maintain their independence and ability to return home.
The unit embraces a collaborative and inter-professional philosophy to providing care. The team works closely with community partners facilitating a safe transition home by ensuring that the appropriate supports are in place.
There are eight Acute Care of the Elderly beds on the 14th floor of St. Michael’s Hospital in the Cardinal Carter Wing.
The Acute Care for the Elderly Unit embraces a collaborative and inter-professional philosophy to providing care. You will be seen by the geriatrician, nurse co-ordinator, chaplain, occupational therapist and physiotherapist. You may also be seen by other health care providers such as a dietician, speech language pathologist, pharmacist or occupational/physiotherapy assistant.
What happens around discharge?
The team works closely with community partners to ensure a safe transition home and that the appropriate supports are in place.
A care conference meeting with you, your family, our team and community partners may take place to facilitate a durable discharge plan.
Who may benefit from an admission to the Acute Care for the Elderly Unit?
70 years or older.
Presents with acute, complex medical illness and a geriatric syndrome, including memory loss, mobility problems and falls, bowel or bladder difficulties, poor nutrition or unexplained weight loss, elder abuse/neglect, and challenges managing multiple illnesses and medications.
Has the potential to return to or close to pre-illness levels of function.
Requires intensive medical monitoring (such as telemetry) or surgery
Resides in long-term care or requires long-term care as the support system is maximized
Terminal disease with poor prognosis
Presents with primarily an active psychiatric diagnosis and/or behavioural issues not related to delirium