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Mental health hospitalization (geriatric)

Inpatient geriatric mental health treatment for seniors experiencing behavioral health challenges

As we grow older, conditions like dementia, depression and stroke can disturb your ability to function or cope. Family members often struggle to understand how to comfort their loved one. Our psychiatric hospital services can help seniors cope with the special physical, emotional and social needs they may encounter at their age. With full hospitalization, a team of mental health professionals assesses, stabilizes, and works with each patient as they learn how to manage their illness. 

If you are experiencing a medical emergency or crisis, call 911. If you want to learn more about hospitalization or other services and aren’t experiencing a crisis or emergency, a good next step is talking with your primary care or mental health provider. 

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What it is

With the increase in our senior population comes the need to better understand how aging affects mental health. Conditions such as dementia, stroke and depression can disturb the ability to function or cope. Our inpatient mental health program for older adults provides a safe, structured and calming environment. Your loved one will receive 24-hour care and treatment from a team of mental health experts. An out-of-home stay in our facility can include crisis stabilization, assessment, diagnosis and treatment planning to prepare seniors for outpatient care or a return to their homes.

What to expect

Our care team members, led by a physician who specializes in geriatric psychiatry and medicine, are qualified to meet the special needs of you and and your family. Team members include:

  • Physicians
  • Nurses with special training and experience to meet your unique needs.
  • Occupational and recreational therapists provide therapeutic group activities so you can have positive social interactions and spend less time alone.

Other specialists may provide physical therapy, occupational therapy, dietary and nutrition consultation, and spiritual support. A social worker/case manager works with you and your family members to coordinate your transition back home or to another living setting.

Through every stage of your care, every effort is made to include your family members in your treatment and discharge process.

Good for treating

Our inpatient program serves patients who are 65 years and older who are experiencing acute psychiatric or behavioral symptoms due to a primary psychiatric illness, such as depression or schizophrenia, or as a complication of illnesses such as Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease.

Good to know

  • Hospitalization is the highest level of care for a mental health condition. If you are not in a crisis or emergency, talk with your primary care or mental health provider about the right course of treatment.
  • If you are experiencing an emergency or crisis, call 911 or go the Emergency Room to determine the right course of action for you, which may or may not include hospitalization.

Learn more about an Emergency Room visit.

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