Geriatric Program

Admission Criteria- Geriatric Program

Tyndall Building:  Home to the Geriatric ProgramThe Geriatric Program is a 75-bed inpatient program that provides specialized geriatric mental health services for individuals 65 years of age or older. Services are provided to individuals who experience persistent mental illness, dementia, progressive cognitive impairment and have complex mental health challenges. The interdisciplinary team provides a safe and recovery-oriented environment for individuals who are unable to be managed in community, require an extended psychiatric admission for stabilization & rehabilitation and require behavioral management for their illness.

Admission to the Geriatric Program is by referral from external agencies within the Regional Health Authorities of Manitoba. All other options for placement in the community must be explored.

Referrals are received on the recommendation of a variety of health care providers including Psychiatrists, Social Workers, and other Geriatric Team Members. It is the responsibility of the referral source to ensure that the admission criteria are met and appropriate documentation is provided.  All individuals are required to be medically stable before admission. The Geriatric Intake Team reviews the referral, completes a face-to-face assessment, and responds to the referring agency within 10 working days. Tyndall Building Therapy Room


The Geriatric Program provides comprehensive assessments using the P.I.E.C.E.S. ™ model to diagnosis and plan for treatment services. The interdisciplinary team provides a safe and recovery-oriented environment where individualized recovery plans are developed with patients, families and community partners. Our Program is modeled on the Principles of Psychosocial Rehabilitation, which focuses on involving the patient and family in the recovery planning process.
Extensive resources and services (see “Services Provided” and “Daily Living Services and Facilities”) are available to patients at SMHC and are accessed according to the patient’s individualized recovery plan. The following is a list of resources in the Geriatric Program: 

  • Geriatric Resource Staff that specializes in Geriatric Mental Health and assist the treatment team in assessment and treatment of Dementia and other age related diagnoses. The Geriatric Resource team provides therapy for geriatric patients as well as education and support for the treatment team and family members.
  • Geriatric Program Group Staff include a Nurse and a Social Worker with extensive experience working with the Geriatric Population. Group staff provides group and individual therapy sessions that assist in recovery, discharge planning, socialization, mindfulness, reminiscence and cognitive stimulation. Maintaining connections with family and reintegration into the community of their choice is the focus of recovery.
  • Nursing staff are knowledgeable in age related mental and physical health concerns and interventions. The nursing staff is comprised of Registered Psychiatric Nurses, Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, and Psychiatric Nursing Assistants.
  • Psychiatrists, Psychologists and General Practitioners who assist in the treatment and Recovery of our Geriatric Patients.
  • Geriatric Program Allied Health staff include Social Workers, Dietician, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Recreational Therapist, and Rehabilitation Assistants, who provide individualized and/or group therapy to patients.
  • Geriatric Program Manager and Coordinator of Patient Services coordinate interdisciplinary patient treatment teams to provide assessment, treatment, planning, implementation and evaluation of patient outcomes and effectiveness of treatment. This is evidenced through patient progress notes, patient/family conferences and informal patient centered discussions using a patient-directed approach that is characterized by hope for recovery.

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In 2008, the Geriatric Program relocated to a new, state of the art building designed to meet the needs of the Geriatric inpatient population and facilitate the recovery planning process. The Tyndall building features:

  • Five Areas accommodating a maximum of 15 patients on each Area.
  • A home-like environment with individualized patient rooms with private washrooms.
  • Quiet rooms with Patient Activity Work Stations (with computer and internet access)
  • Secure Courtyards providing access to fresh air and exercise in a secure environment.
  • A Family Room, which may be booked for family members requiring overnight accommodations to visit with loved ones or to facilitate involvement in the patient’s recovery goals.
  • A Multisensory Room which provides sensory experiences in a controlled environment.
  • A Multipurpose Room where majority of group activities and therapy are provided.
  • Spiritual Care Room where weekly Church services and Pipe Ceremonies are held.
  • Tyndall Building Fireplace Seating AreaAn Independent Living Suite which is wheel chair accessible and is shared with the Acquired Brain Injury program. This suite is used by the Geriatric Program as a home-like environment for assessments for community readiness and community living skills groups.
  • A Therapy Room available for individualized therapy by the Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist, Speech Language Therapists and Rehabilitation Assistants.

For more information, please contact:

Vern Yaskiw, Program Manager
Phone: 204-482-1619

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