Update to phone lines at our Birchmount and General Hospitals: If calling through Birchmount main line (416-495-2400), add “7” when dialing an extension. If calling through General main line (416-438-2911), add “8” when dialing an extension.

Geriatric Mental Health Outreach (GMHOT)

The Geriatric Mental Health Outreach (GMHOT) team at SHN conducts assessments and provides reports with recommendations for nursing home staff to help them manage clients who are presenting with concerning behaviours, including agitation, aggression, depression, resistance to care, psychotic symptoms or other indications of mental illness. The service is available to address the needs of clients and staff in the early stages of managing difficult behaviour in an attempt to avoid hospitalization.

The team, which includes two registered nurses and an occupational therapist and offers psychiatry services, visit nursing homes on a regular basis. The GMHOT program is associated with Psychogeriatric Resource Consultation Program (PRCP).

Referrals are accepted from the following Scarborough Nursing Homes:

  • Bendale Acres
  • Hellenic Home for the Aged – Scarborough
  • Kennedy Lodge Nursing Home
  • Midland Gardens Care Community
  • Mon Sheong Scarborough Long-Term Care
  • Rockcliffe Nursing Home
  • Shepherd Lodge
  • Tendercare Nursing Home Ltd.
  • The Wexford Residence
  • Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care – Scarborough McNicoll
  • Ehatare
  • Fieldstone Commons Care Community
  • Seven Oaks
  • Tony Stacey
  • Yee Hong – Finch
  • Rouge Valley Extendicare
  • Scarborough Extendicare
  • Craiglee


Staff receive referrals from a designated person who acts as the liaison for the facility/nursing home. The designated person provides regular updates about the client’s status. Referrals must be sent with consent from the client or their Power of Attorney or Substitute Decision Maker and an order from the client’s physician. See referral form linked below.