WHAT WE OFFER
The Geriatric Assessment and Treatment Unit (GATU) is an area of the Health Centre dedicated to helping geriatric patients regain their strength before returning home following an illness or injury, and who may need a consult with a geriatrician to manage their medical issues.
WHO WE ARE
The interprofessional healthcare team on GATU are trained and equipped to look after issues of a complex nature, including delirium, wounds, rehab, feeding tubes, antibiotics and the aging process and its effects on healing. During your stay on the GATU unit, you may see:
Registered Nurses (RN)
Registered Practical Nurses (RPN)
A nurse from the Community Care Access Center to assist with placement and care in the community
GATU is designed for frail seniors who may require a slow rebuilding of mental, physical and social capabilities before they return home. Patients on this unit typically stay around six (6) to eight (8) weeks.
Depending on your condition, you’ll see a series of healthcare team members a day to help with your recovery. Exercise class is offered twice a week by therapy staff and recreation is available four (4) to five (5) days a week to support your physical, cognitive, emotional, social, behavioural and spiritual needs while in the hospital.
HOW TO REFER TO GATU
Patients receive a referral to GATU through geriatricians in the community.