Dementia

Improving life by addressing cognitive impairments

The Dementia Stream provides comprehensive assessment, treatment and discharge planning designed to maintain and enhance each patient’s highest level of functioning. Our holistic approach includes psychological, social and biological interventions that help patients achieve greater capacity of function and high quality of life. We work to maintain program participants’ sense of self-worth while managing the difficult behaviours associated with a cognitive impairment.

Admission Criteria

Admission to the Dementia Stream of the Program for Older Adults is for individuals who require risk assessment or have a behavioural disturbance due to cognitive impairment. For those admitted with behavioural issues, patients typically fall into one of four categories:

  1. Patients with a life-long history of mental illness who have now developed cognitive impairment with multiple diseases and behavioural issues.
  2. Patients with uncomplicated cognitive impairment and no previous history of mental illness.
  3. Patients with a primary neurological disease such as Huntington’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, post-cerebrovascular accident, stroke or those who have clinical problems of cognition and/or behaviour caused by brain disease.
  4. Individuals with behaviour related to alcohol (toxins), mild developmental delay or dual diagnosis with age-related complications.