Behavioural Supports Transition Unit at QHC
Improving the lives of people with responsive behaviours and their caregivers.
The number of older adults with dementia or age-related brain dysfunction is growing in our region, resulting in further pressure on families, caregivers and the overall healthcare system. These conditions can lead to the development of responsive behaviours such as aggression, confusion, suspicion or wandering. Additional resources will soon be available, as the South East Local Health Integration Network (SE LHIN) announces the funding of a new Behavioural Supports Transition Unit (BSTU) at Quinte Health Care (QHC).
Over the past several months QHC has worked in partnership with the South East Community Care Access Centre (CCAC), long-term care home representatives and Providence Care to plan for the creation of a specialized unit that will treat patients with these challenging behaviours.
The BSTU at QHC will be a regional resource and support older residents across south eastern Ontario. The goal will be to stabilize these patients in a therapeutic environment and support their transition back to the long-term care home or the community with the supports in place to manage their behaviours.
"This new unit will be committed to helping patients with behavioural challenges improve their quality of life and regain control of their behaviour. Patients deserve to be treated with sensitivity and care and the BSTU at QHC will make a substantial contribution to support this vulnerable population across our region," said Katherine Stansfield, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at QHC. "Our inter-professional team will work with patients and families to develop individual care plans to ensure that individuals can return to their former home or care destination with their families and caregivers fully engaged and supported in the care of their loved one."
It is anticipated that the 20 bed unit will open its doors to patients and families in early 2015 and it is expected to serve individuals who have:
- age-related cognitive impairment with responsive behaviours
- needs exceeding available resources in a chosen setting such as home, retirement home, or in long-term care
- a stable medical status that can be typically managed in the home or other community setting
The BSTU at QHC will be a valuable resource for patients and caregivers who require support to reduce the impact of responsive behaviours on their quality of life.
The BSTU is aligned with other senior mental health supports in our region such the Seniors Mental Health and Behavioural Support Services (BSS) currently offered by Providence Care, or the services offered through long-term care homes and the Alzheimer Society. The BSTU will enhance services for seniors in this region as part of the provincial Behavioural Supports Ontario initiative launched across Ontario in 2012.