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Geriatric Psychiatry Program

  • With the increase in our senior population comes the need to better understand how aging affects mental health. As one grows older, conditions like dementia, depression and stroke can disturb the ability to function or cope. As they struggle to comfort their loved one, family members often feel helpless.

    Geriatric psychiatry units

    The Geriatric Psychiatry Program of Allina Health Mental Health involves families as their loved ones are cared for in these safe settings:

    geriatricy psychiatry nurse places a comforting hand on the should of a patient as they walk down the hall of the unit

    United Hospital

    Mental health services
    333 North Smith Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55102
    Maps and directions

    Mercy Hospital - Unity Campus

    Mental health services
    550 Osborne Road, Fridley, MN 55432
    Maps and directions

    Patient criteria and referral

    We accept patients who...

    • are 65 years and older (Exceptions for those under 65 are made on a case-by-case basis.)
    • may threaten the safety of themselves, others or property
    • have talked about or tried committing suicide
    • behave in a way that interferes with their caregivers' ability to care for them
    • have symptoms that are hard to diagnose or treat in a doctor's office or other outpatient setting
    • say they do not want help, even though their health and safety may be in danger.

    Anyone may refer someone to the Geriatric Psychiatry Program. Patients may be admitted upon acceptance by the attending physician.

    Geriatric psychiatry care team

    Our care team members are qualified to meet the special needs of each patient and family.

    • Physicians who specialize in geriatric psychiatry and geriatric medicine lead each hospital's program.
    • Nurses have special training and experience to meet each patient's unique needs.
    • Occupational and recreational therapists provide therapeutic group activities so that patients can have positive social interaction 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 the patient and family members to coordinate the transition back home or to another setting.
  • New 24/7 resource

    Mental Health and Addiction Line

    Call 1-866-603-0016 for:

    • help determining the right service for you
    • referrals to services at Allina Health or in the broader community
    • scheduling for Allina Health appointments as appropriate
    • connections to crisis services as needed

    If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911.

  • Comprehensive and compassionate care for older adults with mental illness

    This eight-minute video introduces the staff of the geriatric psychiatry units at United and Unity hospitals in St. Paul and Fridley, Minnesota. It explains how they can work with each patient's family to care for mental health and physical problems at the same time, in the same place.

    expand to learn more Read video transcript.