From the individualized treatment plans to the specialized mental health care team, the geriatric psychiatry program is tailored to address the unique challenges older adults face. The geriatric psychiatry program is an inpatient program designed for older adults experiencing severe depression, mild to moderate cognitive impairment and grief or loss that is interfering with their ability to function at their highest level of independence. Since the program is a part of an acute hospital, other medical issues can be addressed while the patient is at the Center for Mental Health & Wellness.
Geriatric Psychiatric Program Patients may Participate in:
• Group therapy
• Music therapy
• Art therapy
• Memory enhancement groups
If patients cannot be independent at home once they’re done with their program, the Center for Mental Health & Wellness will work with other community organizations and resources to refer and discharge the patient to a safe environment. Depending on the patient’s level of independence, referrals to outpatient psychiatric programs at the Center for Mental Health & Wellness also are available.
Individualized Care Plans for the Older Adult
Individualized treatment plans, the mental health care team and the equipment used in the geriatric psychiatric program are all specialized for older adults, who may need more physical assistance or who struggle with memory loss.