Specialized Behavioural Support Unit (SBSU)

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In 2017, the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre received approval to open a 20-bed Specialized Behavioural Support Unit (SBSU), the only unit of its kind in the Champlain LHIN. The Unit features a secure environment and provides safe, enriched care to people with dementia who are exhibiting responsive behaviours. Residents are expected to stay in the SBSU for six-to-nine months of specialized care and treatment, until they can safely transition to their place of residence.

The unit provides specialized care to its residents with higher staff-to-resident ratios than those in standard long-term care settings. Additionally, the unit’s personal support workers, registered nurses and registered practical nurses have expertise in managing responsive behaviours. The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre (The Royal), as the lead agency for the Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) program in the Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), provides consultation service and education, collaboratively supporting the management of responsive behaviours.

Admission Process

There are two avenues of admission to the SBSU:

  1. From The Royal Geriatric Inpatient unit
  2. Directly from a Long-Term Care Home (LTCH)

Both avenues require a referral from Home and Community Care, Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN).

All long-term care homes in Ontario, including The Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre, coordinate admissions through their local Home and Community Care. Like its sister organizations, the Ottawa Home and Community Careprovides in-home health and support services, and coordinates the placement of clients into long-term care homes.

Once you have decided to go forward with your application, Home and Community Care will assign you a care coordinator to guide you in gathering the medical and personal information required for admission. Your care coordinator may offer help, if you need it, in choosing a home. 

Home and Community Care can be reached at 613-745-5525.


April 27, 2018– Ottawa, Ontario: Improving Care for Seniors with Responsive Behaviours: Twenty Beds Now Available at Perley Rideau

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