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What is GPAT?

The GPAT program is one of several Winnipeg Health Region programs that help seniors live safely and independently in their own homes for as long as possible. Under the program, clinicians visit with seniors to check up on their well-being and determine whether they require access to programs or services. Following an assessment, a clinician will file a report recommending whether the client requires support from groups such as home care, day hospital or Meals on Wheels.

In Winnipeg, one GPAT team is assigned to each of the city's Emergency Departments. Each team includes two or three clinicians - nurses, physiotherapists, social workers, or occupational therapists. All team members have completed about 10 weeks of self-directed training and know all aspects of assessment for seniors, so any of them can do a complete assessment. The program was recently designated as a Leading Practice by Accreditation Canada, the organization responsible for reviewing health-care practices across the country.

For more information abut GPAT, please call 982-0140.

Wave: May / June 2011

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Wave is published six times a year by the Winnipeg Health Region in cooperation with the Winnipeg Free Press. It is available at newsstands, hospitals and clinics throughout Winnipeg, as well as McNally Robinson Books.

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