What is the RGPc?

RGP Fact Sheet

The Role and Value of Specialized Geriatric Services

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Fact Sheet

The Regional Geriatric Program central (RGPc), located at St. Peter's Hospital in Hamilton, is one of 5 regional geriatric programs (RGPs) located in Ontario:

All RGP sites are affiliated with Academic Health Science Centres. The RGPc is affiliated with McMaster University and sponsored by Hamilton Health Sciences.

In its guidelines, the Ministry of Health has defined a regional geriatric program as:

“a comprehensive, coordinated system of health services for the elderly within a region” with the objective of: “assisting the elderly to live independently in their own communities thereby preventing unnecessary and inappropriate institutionalization.”


Promote a system of health care that optimizes the health, independence and quality of life of frail seniors based on evidence-informed practices.


All frail seniors will have optimum health and will have acess to specialilzed geriatric services.

  • Specialized geriatric services (SGSs) must be available in an equitable way throughout the region.
  • The configuration of SGSs will vary from community to community, depending upon need, resources, history, and community preferences.
  • Evidence-based practices must be included in consideration of any models of care, education and research.

Specialized Geriatric Services (SGS)

A range of specialized geriatric services are offered across three LHIN areas (Hamilton,Niagara Haldimand Brant [4]; Waterloo Wellington [3]; and Mississauga Halton [6]), including specialized geriatric assessment, short term treatment and rehabilitation services provided by interdisciplinary teams with expertise in the care of frail seniors, across the continuum of care. Most programs have a range of health care team members, including a specialist in geriatric medicine and/or psychiatry.

The goal of SGS is to provide comprehensive assessment and treatment plans that will optimize care planning and promote increased confidence and independence. The family and community supports, the need for advocacy to help effect positive change and the need to communicate planning needs clearly with family doctors are considered in all stages of planning.

Areas of Focus

  • Education and Capacity Building
  • Knowledge Exchange and Translation
  • Service Improvement
  • Collaboration
  • Research and Evaluation

What patients tell us...

... ”I finally gathered enough courage to ask for your help regarding memory loss. I am 75 years old and have been noticing memory loss for the past year. I have an older brother who has Alzheimer’s and I would like to get help before I reach that stage."

... "Dear Dr.,
We want to thank you and your staff for the way we were treated yesterday. We know you kept your instructions simple enough to understand despite our many problems. At times it fees overwhelming and we really appreciated the help received by the nurse and reception lady ... the caring came through!”







 Last Updated: December 15, 2011
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