Program for Older Adults
Care for older adults in our local community
Homewood provides specialized care to older adults in Guelph-Wellington who are coping with a crisis, with dementia, or with mood disorders. We combine expertise in geriatric psychiatry with a team of clinicians who have years of experience in treating the unique needs of older adults.
Expertise and Specific Objectives
The key objectives of the Program for Older Adults (POA) are to: be a centre of excellence for inpatient assessment and treatment for older adults in Guelph-Wellington counties and throughout Canada; promote awareness and understanding of the mental health needs of older adults; serve as an educational resource to the community on a range of issues from prevention to treatment; and provide support and education for patients and their families.
The Homewood POA has specific streams that are designed to help older adults with their mental health challenges. Learn more below.
Homewood provides care for older adults in crisis. Our team helps reduce risk and find a resolution.
Mood, Anxiety & Psychosis
Our comprehensive program is responsive to depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues specific to older adults.
Our team helps older adults to cope with the cognitive impairment caused by the disease of dementia.
Effective assessment and treatment
Homewood’s holistic approach to clinical assessment and treatment provides patients with the opportunity to explore physical, psychological, psycho-social and spiritual issues along with the resulting emotions and behaviours. All referral information is reviewed by Homewood staff before the pre-admission assessment that may be conducted in the community (in conjunction with local community mental health programs) to determine the need for admission to Homewood Health Centre.
...had an outstanding, caring and wonderful staff. The service and friendliness from the staff was absolutely wonderful. My brother could not say enough about how caring the staff were. I must say the staff in POA went above and beyond their duties to make my mother's stay a comfortable and happy one!!"
Meaning, purpose and hope
All streams of the Program for Older Adults provide comprehensive assessment, treatment and discharge planning in a safe environment designed to enhance dignity and autonomy. Every patient has an individualized treatment plan that encourages the exploration of self-worth, meaning, purpose and hope – all integral elements to improving quality of life.