Gero-Psychiatry Treatment

We offer inpatient psychiatric treatment for elder adults who are 65 and up (with some exceptions). We provide comprehensive assessment, short-term, intensive treatment and discharge planning services to older adults with a variety of acute emotional health problems.  The patients we serve may come to the hospital voluntarily or they may be on involuntary holds, as we do have LPS designation.

TREATMENT TEAM AND PLAN

A treatment team is provided to each patient who is admitted to the hospital.  Each team includes a Psychiatrist, Nurse, Care Manager and Therapist.  With the involvment and input from the patient, a treatment plan is developed so that the individual needs of each patient are addressed.  Progress is reviewed daily with each patient and their assigned treatment team during the rounds with the Physician.

PROGRAM GOALS

  • To provide comprehensive medical and psychiatric assessment and diagnostic services
  • To treat acute psychiatric illness in older adults in a sensitive, caring manner
  • To assist patients in regaining and maintaining their highest level of functioning by emphasizing healthy coping skills
  • To assist patients and their families in identifying and obtaining necessary finanical, social and medical resources

PROGRAM SERVICES

  • Assessment
  • Psychiatric Supervision and Medication
  • Management Group Therapy
  • Individual Psychotherapy
  • Psycho-educational Groups
  • Validation and Reminiscence Therapy
  • Art and Music Therapy
  • Stress Management Groups
  • Socials Skills
  • Self-Awareness Groups
  • Relaxation Groups
  • Recreationsl Activities
  • Discharge Planning and Care Management
 
We realize that being admitted to the hospital or admitting a family member, or friend is a difficult time and may be very stressful for the patient and their family.
 
It is our earnest wish that despite this difficulty, the hospital's gero-psychiatry program will bring renewed hope for the patient and their family members. it is our goal, even in this time of crisis, that the person being admitted and their family will see this as a time of oppurtunity and growth.
 
The primary goal of treatment at our hospital is crisis stabilization. Therefore, the average length of stay may vary from a few days to a few weeks, depending on the patient's symptoms, clinical complexity, and the patient's response to the treatment provided.  During the hospitaliztion, age appropriate intensive services are provided and aftercare plans are created so the recovery process may continue in the appropriate setting.
 
Our 21 bed unit is located next to the Medical and Surgical Unit, which allows for 24 hour assistance from a medical doctor.  This can greatly alleviate the difficulties and barriers some patients experience in receiving the help they need.
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