Description of the program
- The Behavioural 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 behavioural symptoms.
Goals of the program:
- Stabilize behavioural 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.
- 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 behavioural 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
- 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.
- 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 Admissions Criteria - General and Site Specific Form
- Referral Form and Take Back Letter
- Each application is reviewed by the team prior to admission for eligibility and appropriateness.
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