Behavioural Neurology Unit

Description of the program:

  • The Behavioral Neurology program is a 20-bed short-term inpatient unit that focuses on assessment and treatment of adults with a diagnosis of neurocognitive disease, specifically dementia.
  • The program offers a specialized interdisciplinary service that focuses on diagnosis and treatment of complex neurological diseases and associated behavioral symptoms.

 Goals of the program:  

  • Stabilize behavioral symptoms in order to enhance the well-being of the client and overall quality of life.
  • Improve the ability of families and caregivers to cope with challenges associated with the disease process.
  • Clarify diagnosis of dementia in order to provide optimal treatment.
  • Facilitate smooth transition from hospital.

Inclusion

Exclusion

  • Adults aged 55 and older. Note: younger clients will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • Patient is medically stable (i.e. does not require acute care intervention)
  • Confirmed or suspected diagnosis of dementia with associated behavioral symptoms, including those with additional diagnosis of acquired brain injury/ traumatic brain injury  (ABI/TBI), Huntington’s disease, developmental disability or other mental health  illness.
  • Patient or substitute decision maker is expected to cooperate on discharge planning to transition to the appropriate destination
  • Expectation that discharge planning and discharge destination are determined prior to admission
  • Dialysis
  • Mechanical ventilation
  • Bi-level Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP)
  • Cuffed Tracheostomy Tube
  • Needs greater than 50% Oxygen
  • Total parenteral nutrition (TPN)
  • Bariatric equipment needs (300lbs +)
  • Patients with complex medical needs that cannot be managed on a non-medical unit
    • Ongoing IV therapy
    • Patients with tracheostomy
    • Patient with complex wounds
    • Enteral feeding
    • Oxygen >4L
    • Infection or other acute medical problems
  • Need for extensive rehabilitation or physiotherapy

Expected Length of Stay:

  • Length of stay will vary by individual needs as determined by the health care team. Patients should expect to return to their previous care setting within 60 days of admission.

Application Process:

  • The Centralized Access (Intake and Referral) Process to Senior Specialty Hospital Beds is a single entry point for providing access to geriatric mental health beds at Baycrest, CAMH and Toronto Rehabilitation Institute within the Toronto Central Local Integration Health Network (TC-LHIN).
  • Referral must be signed off by a physician or nurse practitioner.
  • Please fax completed application forms directly to the CCAC’s Centralized Intake and Referral Office at 416-506-0439.
  • Seniors Specialty Hospital Beds Admission Criteria – General and Site Specific
  • Referral Form and Take Back Letter 
  • Each application is reviewed by the team prior to admission for eligibility and appropriateness.

If you have questions, please contact:

  • For more information, you may contact a social worker at 416-785-2500 ext. 2319. ­­­­

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