Elder Care Geriatric Out-Patient Clinic
Located at Mount Saint Joseph Hospital and St. Paul’s Hospital, the Elder Care Geriatric Out-Patient Clinic provides outpatient services to patients 65 years and older.
What is Geriatrics?
Geriatrics is an area of medicine that focuses on the care of older adults who are facing changes to their health and well-being.
We complete detailed assessments and provide treatment options for issues such as:
- Complex medical conditions
- Memory and cognition
- Mobility and balance
- Medication optimization
- Future planning
- Dementia Caregiver Stress (see Dementia Caregiver Resilience Clinic below)
Your team may include:
- Geriatric medicine doctors
- Geriatric psychiatrists
- Occupational therapists
- Social workers
- Continence nurses
- Psychiatric nurses
Preparing for your first visit:
- This visit may take up to 2 hours.
- Interpreters are available. Please call us as soon as possible if you would like an interpreter for your appointment.
What to bring to your first visit:
- Your CareCard.
- All the medications you are taking, or a list of your medications.
- A family member or friend, if you want. This person may help you understand and remember information.
- Hearing aids or glasses, if needed.
After Your Appointment:
- We may ask you to complete other medical tests, such as blood work, X-rays or CT scans.
- We may ask you to book appointments for follow up or to see other members of our team.
- We will send a report of our assessment to your family doctor.
Need to cancel or change your appointment?
Please call the clinic at least 48 hours before your appointment.
St. Paul’s Hospital
9B, Providence Building
1081 Burrard Street
Vancouver, B.C., V6Z 1Y6
The clinic is on the 9th floor. Use the large group of elevators closest to the Thurlow Street entrance in the Providence Building.
Mount Saint Joseph Hospital
3080 Prince Edward Street
Vancouver, B.C., V5T 3N4
Referrals to see a geriatrician or geriatric psychiatrists are accepted from family doctors or hospital based doctors. Referrals to other members of the team are accepted from any health care provider.
If you are interested in our services, please talk to your family doctor about being referred.
DEMENTIA CAREGIVER RESILIENCE CLINIC
Designed for caregivers of people with dementia, this St. Paul’s Hospital Elder Care based clinic supports caregiver skill-building, education, and strengthening of self-care strategies through evidence-based group interventions and/or 1:1 sessions with interdisciplinary professionals (social worker, occupational therapist, geriatric psychiatrist). Current groups include CARERS (problem solving technique and communication simulation using a simulated patient/actor) and Mindfulness-Based Dementia Care (MBDC).
Dementia caregivers at moderate to high risk of emotional and functional impacts of caregiver distress are eligible. The caregiver becomes a patient in their own right once referred. Caregivers are defined as partners, family members, and friends who are providing regular support and care to people with dementia. The clinic supports caregivers to reduce risks to their own health and well-being, reduce distress, increase resilience, and improve the well-being of both the caregiver and the person with dementia through enhanced caregiver confidence and competency.
Family Physicians can refer eligible caregivers using the following referral form.