START Psychiatry is a geriatric psychiatry day hospital program that assists community-dwelling older adults reach their optimal level of functioning through assessment, rehabilitation and treatment of mental illness and related psychosocial problems. After an intake appointment in the Assessment Clinic, clients attend the Day Hospital twice weekly for up to 20 weeks.
Assessment Clinic: Determines eligibility for the program and assigns client to a specific stream of the program.
Day Hospital Provides a group-format psychiatric rehabilitation program provided by an interdisciplinary team for older adults ( 65+ years of age) with mental health and complex psychosocial issues. The program focuses on mental health self-management, relapse prevention, community engagement, and improving overall quality of life. The program includes:
- Individualized psychiatric evaluation, cognitive screening, medication review and discharge planning, and
- Referral to follow-up programs and services.
Two stream of the Day Hospital:
- Tuesday/Thursday - for clients with mild cognitive impairment and/or who are not psychologically minded.
- Wednesday/Friday - for young, active seniors with minimal or no cognitive changes and who are psychologically-minded.