Behavioural Neurology Unit

The Behavioural Neurology Unit focuses on assessment and management of adults suffering from brain disorders leading to abnormalities in cognition and behaviour.

People with dementia may have symptoms which include memory loss, speech and language disorders, and gait difficulties.

Care is provided by a multi-disciplinary team that includes: physicians, nursing, neuropsychology, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, therapeutic recreation, social work, speech pathology, pharmacy and nutrition. Other professionals are available on a consultative basis.

Fee: Clients are charged a daily Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care mandated co-payment fee. Subsidies are available to qualified applicants.

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Program description:

The Behavioural Neurology short-term in-patient unit focuses on assessment and management of adults suffering from brain disorders leading to abnormalities in cognition and behaviour. Common problems include memory loss, speech and language disorders, and agitation.

Services: (No emergency service is available)

  • Neurological assessment, diagnosis, and medication intervention
  • Interdisciplinary assessment and intervention
  • Behavioural/cognitive management
  • Client groups
  • Client/Family/Caregiver education
  • Individual and family counseling
  • Referral and linkage to appropriate services and programs
  • Follow-up services, where appropriate.

Admission criteria:

  • Medically stable adults with cognitive and behavioural problems due to brain disease.
  • Emphasis is on the assessment and treatment of clients suffering from cognitive dysfunction, associated behavioural disturbances/agitation, amnesia and frontotemporal dementia.

Information required: Applications available through the Admission Office

  • Completed Behavioural Neurology Application.
  • Completed current CCAC forms for ‘Demographics, Medical, Functional and Behavioural assessments’.
  • Letter from the referring physician.
  • All relevant consultation data, neurological reports and prior neurological CDs/films.

Referral/Application pocess:

  • Completed applications must be sent directly to the centralized intake office at the CCAC. Please fax to 416-506-0439.
  • The director of behavioural neurology, nursing and social work review applications.
  • Approved applicants are admitted when a bed is available.
  • If not appropriate for 4 West, other options and suggestions may be discussed.

Discharge criteria:

The client/family and interdisciplinary team determine goals jointly. Progress towards achieving the goals is reviewed on a regular basis. Clients are discharged when there is consensus that the goals have been achieved, or that no additional progress would be achieved through continued inpatient treatment.

Discharge date is set:

  • The client may be discharged back to his/her former residence in the community, or to an appropriate long-term care setting.
  • Home Care services are arranged prior to discharge; referrals to services/programs specific to the client’s and the family’s needs are arranged.
  • Clients are referred to the Memory Clinic (Brain Health Centre Clinics) for follow-up where appropriate.

To enquire about an Application for short-term inpatient stay on Behavioural Neurology, contact Robin Mitchell by calling 416-785-2500, ext. 2319.

Behavioural Neurology Application Form

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).

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 Le​tter

For more information, please contact Robin Mitchell at 416-785-2500, ext. 2319.