"when care is complicated"
|The RGP is an expert, multidisciplinary
resource for older people who have complex health needs, and for their caregivers
and health professionals. It is one of five regional geriatric programs
in Ontario established in the past decade by the Ministry of Health and
Long Term Care. All five programs (in Hamilton, Kingston, London, Ottawa,
Toronto) are affiliated with university teaching hospitals and serve as
resource centres for the care of the elderly in their respective regions.
The Southeastern RGP is affiliated with Queen’s University and sponsored
by Providence Continuing Care Centre.
The Regional Geriatric Program and Geriatric Services at St. Mary's of the Lake Hospital act as a regional resource in four areas:
The RGP fosters individual, agency and community partnerships to enhance the competency of local communities to respond to the complex health needs of older people.
The program is actively involved in the education of regulated and non-regulated health care providers, communities and the general public to influence knowledge, practices and attitudes in a manner that will improve health care outcomes for older people. (Community Education).
The SERGP and Division in 2003 jointly sponsored the session Towards Best Geriatric Practice: Overcoming the Challenges.
Research and Evaluation
The RGP engages in research, program evaluation and the development of new evidence-based models of care to ensure that health care resources are used effectively. The aim is to provide optimum care to older people with complex health needs and to promote prevention throughout the aging process.
Specialized Geriatric Services include the Southeastern Regional Geriatric Program and Division of Geriatric Medicine. Together they provide specialized, multidisciplinary clinical assessment and treatment services for older people (greater than 65 years of age) who have complex health needs