RGPEO Specialized Geriatric Services

The Geriatrics program provides clinical services to patients over 65 years of age.   Programs include in-patient, out-patient and community 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.

RGPEO Specialized Geriatric Services include:

In the Community (Out-patient): Patients are usually referred by their physician or family.  Typically, patients are seen in their own home (house, apartment or retirement home) by a Geriatric Outreach Assessor and then referred to a Geriatric Day Hospital.

In Hospital (In-Patient): Patients who are already in hospital at The Ottawa Hospital may be transferred to our in-patient Geriatric Medicine 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.

Geriatric Emergency Management (GEM): The GEM Nurse sees people over 65 years of age who come to the Emergency Department who have been identified with special concerns. They are nurses with special training in geriatrics and they can make recommendations for support at home or follow up with specialists if required.

Other Specialized Geriatric Services in Ottawa and the Champlain Region: Patients living in areas outside the Ottawa region can be referred by their family physician to one of the monthly clinics held in various rural hospitals in the Champlain region.  A physician referral is required.