Resource Guide for Family Caregivers
Psycho-geriatric assessments (Elderly Outreach Service)

The mandate of the Elderly Outreach Service (EOS) is to provide comprehensive, coordinated, interdisciplinary assessment and short-term treatment and education to people 65 years and older living in the BC Capital Region who are experiencing late onset mental health problems. The program also aims to provide education and support to family caregivers and health care providers.

The Elderly Outreach Service (EOS) team includes:

  • Geriatric psychiatrist (psychiatrist who specializes in working with elderly people)
  • Family doctor
  • Neuro-psychologist (a psychologist who specializes in working with people affected by a neurological problem including dementia, stroke, brain injury, etc.)
  • Psychologist
  • Registered nurse
  • Social worker
  • Occupational therapist

Anyone may refer to the Elderly Outreach Service, including the person receiving care, family members, family physicians, and Long Term Care Case Managers. However, EOS requests the approval of the person’s physician. To make a referral, phone (250) 953-3966 or fax (250) 356-9342.

An assessment by EOS may be indicated or appropriate for individuals who are showing signs of late-life mental health problems (as distinguished, if possible, from physical health problems). These signs are similar to those listed above (for CARE team assessments).

An assessment by the EOS team is typically performed in a person’s home, including in long term care facilities, and other community institutions or agencies. Where appropriate, an assessment may be carried out in an acute or chronic care hospital.

Following an assessment by the EOS team, a plan of care will be developed and follow-up services may be provided. In keeping with the CARE program, the EOS program also provides education to families, health care providers, Long Term Care staff and doctors about the care and treatment of people with late-onset mental health problems.