Geriatric Psychiatry Clinic

Location: Institute of Community and Family Psychiatry, 4333 Côte-Ste-Catherine Road


The occupational therapist is part of a clinic that provides services for clients who are 65 years old and older. The clinic is staffed by psychiatrists, nurses, an occupational therapist, a neuropsychologist, a social worker, a nursing assistant and a secretary. The mandate of the clinic includes assessment, treatment and referrals to appropriate resources.

Geriatric Psychiatry Community Assessment Team (CAT):

The Occupational Therapist is part of a specialized consultation service for clients who are 65 years old and older, living in the community, and who require a bio-psychosocial assessment of an urgent nature. These requests for visits have to come from a general practitioner. The CAT team is comprised of a psychiatrist, an occupational therapist and a nurse. Some clients assessed by the CAT team become part of the Clinic clientele, if they require further follow-up.

Services offered by the occupational therapist:

  • Intake of incoming referrals
  • Global functional assessment (functioning at home and leisure pattern)
  • Screening tests related to safe driving
  • Referrals to different services or resources
  • Clinical Case Management (counselling, support, community liaison)
  • Home visits
  • Psycho-education
  • Competency related assessments
  • Consultation
  • Outreach in the community

Group Based Treatments

The Occupational Therapist is also an integral team member in facilitating many of the group based treatments offered in the clinic. The groups offered in the clinic are:

  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression
  • Life-Skills Group
  • Exercise Group
  • Psychosocial Group (see  Pamphlet)
  • Tai- Chi Group
  • Support group

Some groups are offered on a rotating basis, and a referral is required from a health care professional for each of these groups. See the Geriatric Psychiatry Treatment Programs  Pamphlet for more details.

Occupational Therapist facilitating the Psychosocial Group

Examples of activities and projects during the Psychosocial Group

Finished product of knitted blankets to be donated to the maternity ward for premature infants.

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