Q&A with People First winners: The Tertiary Older Adult Assessment and Treatment Unit

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Editorial | June 9th, 2016

Tertiary Older Adult Assessment and Treatment Unit

Won: Teamwork and Collaboration, Award of Excellence

Describe a great day at work for you.

A great day would be when all the individual pieces of the management plan from each team member finally come together to create a sustainable discharge plan for a patient and the community care providers.

What does “People First” mean to you?

Our patients in geriatric psychiatry tertiary level care are complex, and many have severe cognitive impairment, behavioural dysregulation and refractory psychiatric symptoms. Who they are as people can easily be lost when we are faced with these issues, or buried under the problem lists we need to generate to do our work. “People First” means the team members work to remind themselves that our patients are still approached with deserved respect and dignity.

What did it feel like being nominated, and then winning, in your category?

It was a wonderful acknowledgment of the efforts made by the team since we opened our unit four years ago. It is not easy to balance what we are able or mandated to do with what the community needs of us.  It is an opportunity for us to see that we have done some good work rather than only focus on things that we need to improve.

What their nominator said:

“This team embodies the spirit of the interdisciplinary approach and is a shining example of its necessity and effectiveness in helping those experiencing severe brain health issues.”

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The Tertiary Older Adult Assessment and Treatment Unit. Top left: Dr. Diana Barrigar (FP). Top right: Mr. Edmond Tan (OT). Bottom row: Ms. Corina Bartkovsky, Ms. Corrina Helmer (UC), (PCC)Ms. Patience Lee (SW), Ms. Satminder Dulai (Pharm), Ms. Alice Ip (RPN), Dr. Bruce Gibson (FP)

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