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Seniors Mental Health Unit

COVID-19 Update

Please plan to attend your appointment, procedure or surgery as scheduled unless you are otherwise notified. During the pandemic, the hospital may be required to prioritize emergency and urgent cases, which may result in a change to your appointment. If this is the case, you will be contacted by a member of your care team. As always, our goal is to continue serving our community by providing quality hospital services for as long as it is safe and appropriate to do so during the pandemic.

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What this program does...

Forest 1 is a 12 bed assessment and treatment unit providing a therapeutic environment for those 65 years and over whose recovery from psychiatric disease is complicated by age related issues. The programs available will be appropriate for those who present primarily with mood disorders and late onset psychotic disorders.

How this program helps...

Purpose/ Mission

To provide compassionate, quality care for older adults presenting with mental health concerns to support their optimal level of function, empower them to achieve meaningful recovery and help restore them to their role in the community wherever possible.

  • We offer programs and care that empower the person through engagement and goal setting.
  • We believe in assisting every individual to create a practical and meaning full wellness plan that is unique to their needs.
  • We will work with our community partners to ensure excellent care transitions

Your Care Team

  • Geriatric psychiatrists
  • Nursing
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Psychology
  • Recreational therapy
  • Rehabilitation assistant
  • Social work


Forest 1 Social Worker
905-522-1155 ext. 36848

Referral Process

Referrals to this program are processed by Connect, St. Joe’s centralized intake service for Mental Health and Addiction outpatient programs. Click here to access the Connect referral form.

Preparing for Your Visit

Patients will wear street clothing during their stay and should bring several changes for the week. Laundry machines are available and we ask that patients bring their own detergents.

Patients provide their own toiletries and personal hygiene supplies.

Maps and Directions

Harbour East Unit, Level 1, Block E
St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton
100 West 5th Street
Hamilton, Ontario
L8N 3K7

View West 5th Campus map and driving directions