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Psychogeriatric Services For Older Adults Living in the Community

The Psychogeriatric Community Support Program (PCSP) is a program offered by the Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences and Community Care Durham. The program offers screening, assessment, consultation plus referral and supportive services for high risk older adults 65 years and older with mental health concerns living in the community.
There are two components:

(1) Outreach assessments conducted by a nurse clinician in consultation with a psychiatrist; and,

(2) Supportive services: individual short term case management support; psycho-educational and social recreational support groups (offered by the COPE Mental Health Program).

The service priority is high-risk older adults with the presence of thoughts, feelings and behaviours indicative of a potential serious mental health problem, plus one or more of the following:
*  Passive suicidal ideation and/or homicidal ideation;
*  Low level of social support;
*  Social and emotional isolation;
*  History of mental illness;
*  Resistant to current mental health treatment;
*  Caregiver stress;
*  Substance abuse;
*  Complex health problems that include the combination of chronic mental illness,
    medical factors and aging.

The client's physician needs to be informed and supportive of the referral. The assessment is summarized and forwarded with recommendations to the client's physician for follow up.

For more information call the Psychogeriatric Community Support Program at:
905-666-4836 or 1-866-748-0774.


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