Geropsychiatry focuses on the physical and emotional needs of older adults, including loss and adjustments in lifestyle, which are often complicated by medical issues. Such combinations of issues are uniquely experienced by this age group. Our 18-bed Geropsychiatry Program provides comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for older adults who are experiencing emotional, cognitive, or behavioral symptoms. Included may be memory loss, mood disturbances, anxiety, difficulty coping with losses and transitions, or behavioral conditions that interfere with care at home, in long-term care, or in a less structured setting. Families are closely involved, and participation is encouraged during hospitalization. Covered by many health insurance providers, our average length of stay is between 10 and 14 days.
The treatment team for geropsychiatry includes psychiatrists, internal medicine physicians, registered nurses, behavioral health specialists, STNA rehabilitation therapists, social workers, as well as other specialty services as needed. The structured program includes the use of a multi-sensory environment, Montessori programming to promote cognitive skills, movement, and socialization, leisure activities, as well as music and expressive therapies.