Geriatric Services

Elders’ Clinic

About us || What to expect || How to get referred || Resources || The team

As we age, many of us develop chronic diseases that affect our wellbeing, as well as our independence. We know how to care for older adults with complex chronic disease.

About the Elders’ Clinic

A sign in St. Michael's Hospital for the Elders' Clinic
  • What we do:
    • We provide Comprehensive Geriatric Assessments for older adults, and when it's needed and appropriate, we will connect you 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 followup.
    • The Elders' Clinic looks after people who have complex conditions associated with aging. These conditions include memory loss, mobility problems and falls, bowel or bladder difficulties, poor nutrition or unexplained weight loss, and challenges managing multiple illnesses and medications.

  • Hours and contact information:
    • Monday – Friday
      8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
      Telephone: 416-864-5015
      Fax: 416-864-5735

  • Location:
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What to expect

  • What to bring:
    • Your health card.
    • All of your medications. This includes prescription medications, over-the-counter medications and supplements.
    • A trusted friend or family member. They can help you gather information, take notes and ask questions.
    • List of doctors and hospitals. Bring a list of doctors you have seen in the past and the names of hospitals where you have been treated.
    • Questions to ask.

    Kathy Sametz interviews a patient Kathy Sametz interviews a patient.
  • When you arrive:
    • You will be greeted by our administrative secretary and registered for your visit.

  • How long will your appointment be?
    • The first appointment can take up to 1.5 hours. You will be seen by the doctor. You may also be seen by other members of the team such as a nurse or social worker. We do our best to stay on time. Unfortunately, your appointment may be delayed by unforeseen circumstances.

  • Before you leave:
    • You may be given information about a followup appointment. A copy of the assessment will be forwarded to the referring doctor.
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How to get referred

  • You will need a referral from a doctor. Referrals can be faxed to the Elders’ Clinic at 416-864-5735. The wait time for new referrals averages 3 months.

Resources

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Our Elders’ Clinic team

Bessie Audet
Bessie Audet
administrative assistant
Novlette Douglas
Novlette Douglas
administrative assistant
Dr. Heather Gilley
Dr. Heather Gilley
geriatrician
Dr. Karen D’Silva
Dr. Karen D’Silva
geriatrician
Dr. Maria Zorzitto
Dr. Maria Zorzitto
geriatrician
Kathy Sametz
Kathy Sametz
registered nurse
Kristy Buck
Kristy Buck
social worker

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