The Medical-Geriatric Psychiatric Unit is dedicated to treating elderly or medically fragile patients requiring hospital level psychiatric assessment and care. Patients are admitted with a full spectrum of mental illnesses, particularly serious mood disorders, schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, memory disorders and mental disorders with associated alcohol and substance abuse. It is staffed by a team consisting of a board certified psychiatrist, psychiatric social workers, nurses, occupational therapist and support staff. Consulting medical and surgical subspecialties are, when indicated, available for prompt and helpful enhancement of our comprehensive assessments.
The team is uniquely skilled at completing assessments and intervening in highly complex cases involving interplay of medical, psychiatric functional and psychosocial factors. Some commonly addressed problems include impaired activities of daily living, cognitive disorganization and disruptive behaviors.
Services provided include:
- Psychiatric diagnostic examination, medical history, and physical examination
- Psycho-pharmacological evaluation/management
- Brief psychotherapeutic visits
- Family education and support
- Safety and independent living skills evaluation
- Occupational/recreational therapy
- Physical therapy
- Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)
Discharge planning and collaboration with patients and outpatient treatment providers, families, and community agencies facilitate an integrated approach and establish comprehensive transition plans that promote patients’ optimal functioning.