The Senior Adult Program was established to provide for the special needs of the 60+ population. Some patients, aged 55 to 60, may be admitted on a case-by-case basis. Senior adults can often suffer from increased depression, grief, anger, anxiety, changes in memory and appetite loss as well as combative and angry behaviors. Consequently, special care is taken to meet their unique emotional needs and to assure their safety and well being while hospitalized. Fall prevention, along with routine “walking” rounds by nursing management, is routine practice. Senior adult leadership is provided by geriatric psychiatry and master's-level nursing staff. The program's medical staff includes experienced psychiatrists who are (APA) board-certified in geriatric care.
The program is divided both physically and programmatically into two distinct units (Senior Adult Unit and Senior Intensive Treatment Unit) according to the patient's level of functioning, their behavior and their level of orientation.
Senior Adult Unit
This program is designed for senior adults who have maintained a high degree of functioning prior to the onset of psychiatric symptoms. These patients typically are admitted from their homes, nursing homes or assisted living facilities, and can usually return there after a brief hospital stay. The most common diagnoses are affective disorders such as depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder.
Senior Intensive Treatment Unit
Patients in this program enter our hospital most frequently from another healthcare facility and are typically suffering from organic or chronic mental illness or dementia and often have associated medical problems. Nursing staff on this unit have special training in treating dementia and medical disorders in geriatric adults. While pharmacological treatments form an important part of therapy, we work closely with the psychiatric staff to maintain only the minimum necessary level of psychoactive medications.