Clinical Programs/Services

Clinical Service Leadership

St. Joseph’s Health Care, London - Regional Mental Health Care London

The Geriatric Psychiatry Program at Regional Mental Health Care London is part of an integrated system of specialized care for the elderly in Southwestern Ontario, offering a full range of psychiatric services to meet the needs of the patients. A multidisciplinary team provides assessment, treatment, rehabilitation, support and education for patients and families.

The Geriatric Psychiatry Program provides expert care for aging clients/patients who suffer from severe mental illness and dementia, with a focus on assessment, treatment, rehabilitation, prevention, family/community support and education. The multidisciplinary team provides a recovery-based approach to care which will encompass the mental, physical, spiritual, cultural, psychological and social aspects of aging. The services provided range from inpatient, outpatient clinics, outreach specialized teams, and transition support to individuals in long term care hospitals(LTCHs).

Education and support on age-related psychosocial problems and mental illness is provided to family members, primary care givers and community health care providers.

The Geriatric Psychiatry Program will be an integral part of the new specialized mental health facility to be built beside Parkwood Hospital in London, in keeping with the future vision of mental health services in Southwestern Ontario.

Inpatient referral is through the Coordinated Access Team at RMHC-London.
Phone: 519-631-6568. Fax: 519 631-5174.

Southwestern Ontario Regional Psychogeriatric Program (RPP)

The Southwestern Ontario Regional Psychogeriatric Program (RPP) provides home (community and long-term care facilities [LTCFs]) specialized psychiatric assessments for older adults experiencing mental health problems. The RPP focus is on assessment, treatment, prevention, support, and education.

The mandate for the program is to build capacity with local community support services and promote understanding of mental health needs of the older adult, with a goal of improving quality of life. This is achieved by providing education to LTCFs, care providers and linking with existing clinical programs and support services in a coordinated manner.

Consultative services provide comprehensive community psychogeriatric assessment and work in a shared-care model with family physicians and community resources to ensure the recommendations and interventions are available.

Intake is through Specialized Geriatric Services (SGS), Parkwood Hospital, 801 Commissioners Road East, London, Ontario N6C 5J1
Phone: 519-685-4046; Fax: 519-685-4020
Email: sgs@sjhc.london.on.ca

London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC)

Adult Mental Health - Geriatric Mental Health Outreach Service

As a specialty within the Adult Mental Health Care Program, London Health Sciences Centre, the Geriatric Mental Health Outreach Service is comprised of an interdisciplinary team designed to provide geriatric psychiatry consultation, assessment and treatment to seniors and their families living in London and Middlesex County.

The goal of the Service is to provide quality clinical care that recognizes the unique psychiatric and medical needs of older adults, and education for physicians and professionals training to care for the elderly. An important component is collaboration with community agencies and partners in specialized geriatric services.

The Service provides inter-disciplinary out-patient assessment, treatment and referral for senior citizens who experience mental disorders of late life, including dementia and related disorders, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, and substance abuse. Treatments offered include individual and group psychotherapy, psycho-educational groups for depression and violence against women, psychiatric care including pharmacotherapy, family counseling, case management, and nursing and social work consultation.

Area served: London and Middlesex County (includes Strathroy, Parkhill, Newbury Four Counties Health Services). Home and clinic visits are provided but home visits are restricted to the city of London.

Referrals: Although anyone can initiate a referral, formal agreement by the patient's family physician is required. Completion of our referral form, including a list of current medications is requested.

Assessment referrals may be initiated by Intake Referrals to SGS
Parkwood Intake Services by phone at: 519-685-4046

The LHSC Geriatric Consultation/Liaison Service is an interdisciplinary team that provides consultation to acute medical inpatients at LHSC who require specialized geriatric consultation. A component of this consultation is an assessment by a geriatric psychiatrist of the medical and psychiatric needs of an older adult who may be admitted to hospital for medical or surgical needs.

Referrals may be directed to the SGS Centralized Intake and Triage by phone at: 519-685-4046; fax: 519-685-4020.