Geriatric Assessment Outreach Teams

Referrals are made by contacting the secretary of the appropriate Geriatric Assessment Outreach Team so that intake information can be obtained and an appointment scheduled.

Referrals can be made by telephone, mail or fax Monday to Friday from 08:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Referral Form English

Two Geriatric Assessment Outreach Teams cover the Ottawa region.  Areas served by the East and West Outreach Teams are as follows:

East Team Region:

East of Bronson Avenue and the Rideau River in the South end
Tel:  613 562 6362
Fax:  613 562 6373

West Team Region:

West of Bronson Avenue and the Rideau River in the South end
Tel:  613 721 0041
Fax:  613 820 6659

What to expect:

The following intake information will be requested by the Geriatric Assessment Outreach Team:

  • client's knowledge of referral
  • family physician's knowledge of referral
  • demographic data
  • referral source
  • referral diagnosis
  • present problem(s)
  • reason for referral
  • contact person
  • professional services involved

The Geriatric Assessor (nurse, occupational therapist, physiotherapist or social worker) completes an initial multi-dimensional screening assessment incorporating aspects of physical, cognitive and psychosocial status, functional abilities and environmental factors. 

The average visit lasts approximately 2 hours. Collaboration with the client (and family/caregivers where applicable) helps to identify needs and determine appropriate action.

Based on consultation with the geriatrician and other team members, further action may consist of:

  • More in-depth assessment and/or treatment at one of the components of the Regional Geriatric Program (e.g. assessment at a Geriatric Day Hospital)
  • Referral to other health agencies or community resources for further assessment, treatment, rehabilitation or other services.

The assessment summary and recommendation will be forwarded (with the client's consent) to the family physician and health care professionals or agencies involved.

Geriatric Outreach Assessment Team Brochure - English - French
Client Information Sheet - English - French