GEM Tools


Assessment Tools
Assessment and Management Tool – Senior Alcohol Misuse Indicator (SAMI) Tool

The SAMI is a brief screening tool used to detect alcohol use problems in older adults. This is a validated tool that asks older adults about alcohol use in a way that is conversational rather than fact-finding.

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Assessment and Management Tool – Geriatric Screening in Primary Care Pocket Card

This pocket card provides guidance on the assessment of 6 key areas: vision, hearing, functional status, urinary incontinence, nutrition, and memory

Emergency Visit Checklist for People with Dementia

The Alzheimer Society of Canada (ASC) have developed a series of checklists and forms for people living with dementia to fill out with a family member, friend, or caregiver before an emergency department visit.

Assessment Tools
Who Assesses Capacity Under What Circumstances pdf [24.22 KB]

This guideline determines who assesses capacity and under what circumstances.

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Determining Decision Making Ability Pocket Card pdf [47.21 KB]

This pocket card gives the user a set of probing questions to assess the decision-making ability in older adults.

GEM Role in Community Hospital pdf [106.88 KB]

This document outlines the responsibilities of a GEM nurse in a community hospital.

Other – GEM Role in Urban Teaching Hospital pdf [91.28 KB]

This document outlines the responsibilities of a GEM nurse in an urban teaching hospital.

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Decision Making Capacity and Dementia

The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing developed this guideline for evaluating decision-making capacity in hospitalized patients and those in long-term care diagnosed with dementia.

Collaborative Model of Emergency Departments Services pdf [114.30 KB]

This document describes an emergency department model which integrates the GEM Nurse, Social Worker, and Community Care Access Centre Care Coordinator.

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For older adults and their family and caregivers who are looking for information about community services and programs including health and wellness, estate and advanced care planning, housing, finances, and transportation, we recommend the Ontario Government’s website Information for Seniors.