Behavioural Health Program
About the Service
Behavioural Health is a specialized service for adults who have a diagnosis of dementia and exhibit challenging behaviours. These behaviours may include verbally or physically responsive behaviours in relation to exit seeking, wandering, activities of daily living and social interaction.
All admissions occur with the goal of discharge to a lower level of care. Admission can occur from home, hospital or community service such as LTC. Admissions from Long Term Care (LTC) are for a 60 day assessment and treatment period with return to the bed held in LTC. Consultation with LTC staff occurs to ensure continuity of care when the person returns.
Goals of Care
The overall goal of the service is to maximize abilities and help achieve a successful discharge back to a community setting at an appropriate level of care.
The objectives include:
Joint referral will occur with HHS St. Peter's Site, Behavioural Health and St. Joseph's HealthCare, Geriatric Psychiatry (A1) to determine which service would best meet the applicant's needs.
Suitability is related to frequency and severity of behaivoural issues and resources required. An applicant will only be placed on one waiting list.
If you require any clarification about the referral process, please contact
HHS St. Peter's Site, Behavioural Health Social Worker at (905) 521-2100 ext. 12327 or
St. Joseph's HealthCare, Central Access Coordinator at (905) 388-2511 ext. 36649.
HHS St. Peter's Site is responsible for all complex care beds in Hamilton, including those based at St. Peter's as well as St. Joseph's. The Admitting Department at St. Peter's provides a Central Intake Function and maintains a shared waiting list.
Behavioural Health believes each individual is unique and should be cared for with unconditional, positive regard. Our dementia care is a CRAFT.
C - Creative
The Interdisciplinary Team
Number of beds - 68