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Overview

The Geriatrics program provides clinical services to patients over 65 years of age who are experiencing a change in function, memory, mood or have complex medical issues and who would benefit from a comprehensive Geriatric assessment. Our program offers in-patient, out-patient and community services.

Our Services

Patients are referred to Geriatrics for assessment of a variety of concerns such as:

  • Recent changes in physical, mental or functional abilities; falls, impaired mobility, dementia, delirium, change in mood, decreased ability for self-care
  • Major changes in support needs, caregiver stress, institutional placement being considered.
  • Safety concerns – physical, psychological, social, environmental
  • Sudden increase in the use of health care services over the last 6 months.

In-Patient:  Patients who are already in hospital at The Ottawa Hospital may be transferred to our in-patient Geriatric Assessment Unit at the Civic Campus for assessment and treatment.  To be transferred to the unit patients must be referred by an in-patient physician and be seen in consultation by one of our Geriatric Nurse Specialists or Geriatric Physicians.

Out-Patient:  Patients are usually referred by their Physician or family.  Typically, patients have already been seen in their own home by the Geriatric Outreach Assessor before an appointment is made for the Geriatric Day Hospital.  At times, patients will be referred through the Emergency Department (Geriatric Emergency Management Program).

In partnership with the Regional Geriatric Program of Eastern Ontario, we offer a wide range of services to help patients and families make decisions to maximize their function and make decisions about their treatment and care.

The Regional Geriatric Program of Eastern Ontario aims to be a leader in the provision of:

  • Comprehensive, interdisciplinary geriatric assessment and treatment services in partnership with our patients and the community
  • Education in geriatrics/gerontology to practitioners, students and community members;
  • Research into appropriate treatment and services delivery to seniors; and
  • Advocacy and planning in the development of community services which promote seniors’ health.

Regional Geriatric Program of Eastern Ontario

Our Team

For both in-patient and the Geriatric Day Hospital, patients may be seen by the following team members.  Geriatricians are physicians who have special training in care of the elderly.

  • CCAC Case Manager
  • Dietician
  • Geriatrician (doctor)
  • Geriatric Nurse Specialist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Personal Care Assistant (PCA)
  • Pharmacist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Rehabilitation Assistant
  • Social Worker
  • Speech and Language Pathologist
  • Ward Clerk

Team Leaders include:

  • Frederic Beauchemin, Clinical Director – Geriatrics
  • Kelly Milne, Director – Regional Geriatric Program of Eastern Ontario

Making an Appointment

In-patient: Referred by their hospital admitting doctor.

Out-patient:  Referrals to the Geriatric Assessment Outreach Team may be made by the physician, family or caregiver telephone, mail or fax Monday to Friday from 08:00 – 16:00.  The teams cover the Ottawa region. However, the family physician must be contacted before a referred will be accepted by the Outreach team.

West Region:   West of Bronson Avenue and the Rideau River in the South end.
Phone: 613 563 6362
Fax:  613 562 6373

East Region:    East of Bronson Avenue and the Rideau River in the South end.
Phone: 613 563 6362
Fax:  613 820 6659

Contact Us

To contact a member of the Geriatrics Team, please see below:

Geriatric Day Hospital
The Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus
Tel:  613 761 4645
Fax:  613 761 4824

Geriatric Assessment Unit (In-patient) – Patient Enquiry
1st Floor
The Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus
1053 Carling Avenue
Tel:  613 798 5555 ext. 14261
Fax:  613 761 4589

Geriatric Assessment Outreach (West)
Tel:  613 721 0041
Fax:  613 820 6659

Geriatric Assessment Outreach (East)
Tel:  613 562 6362
Fax:  613 562 6373

Regional Geriatric Program of Eastern Ontario
The Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus
1053 Carling Avenue
Ottawa ON  K1Y 4E9
Tel:  613 761 4458
Fax:  613 761 5334

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