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Geriatric assessment and treatment

United Hospital offers psychiatric care for senior patients who are experiencing changes and challenges with their emotional and behavioral health. Our programs and services can help seniors cope with the special physical, emotional and social needs encountered in an older population.

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.

The United Geriatric Psychiatry Program involves families as their loved ones are cared for in a safe setting. It includes crisis stabilization, assessment, diagnosis and treatment planning to prepare seniors for outpatient care or a return to their homes.

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.

Program components include:

  • individual and group therapy
  • family involvement and therapy
  • educational programming
  • treatment and crisis planning
  • medication management

United's Adult Partial Hospital Program offers intensive psychiatric services for adults, including those over 65. The program is a less restrictive alternative to inpatient care for adults who need more services than weekly outpatient therapy provides. Also, it helps patients transition from inpatient to home.

The Adult Partial Hospital Program is designed to be a brief treatment program with the average length of stay from two to three weeks. Participants attend six hours of therapeutic program, five days a week.

The program's objectives are to:

  • Improve mental health and functioning by providing structure and support through group psychotherapy, education, and case management services.
  • Monitor patient’s safety needs and intervene as necessary to prevent harm to self or others.
  • Identify primary behavioral, emotional, and social needs and determine specific goals to address these needs.
  • Reduce symptoms of psychiatric illness.
  • Repair self-esteem.
  • Provide an opportunity to develop and practice social skills.
  • Coordinate treatment with other community resources and prepare to transition to less intensive care.

Referral and admission

An intake meeting with a mental health professional is needed for admission to the Adult Partial Hospital Program. You or your physician can call 651-241-8101 for information or assistance in arranging an intake meeting. Intakes are done Monday-Friday by appointment. Patients from the inpatient program may be referred to the Partial Hospitalization Program by their physicians.

Program components

The following services are provided in the partial hospital setting:

  • group psychotherapy
  • psycho-education
  • symbolic experiential therapy
  • relaxation/activity therapy
  • social skills therapy
  • family therapy

The mental health Adult Day Treatment Program at United Hospital is designed to help adults of all ages achieve their optimum level of functioning by providing exceptional care, structure and support to stabilize and improve mental health. Patients may be experiencing a psychiatric illness that makes day-to-day functioning difficult and have found that outpatient therapy did not provide enough support. 

The program’s objectives are to:

  • Monitor patient’s safety needs and intervene as necessary to prevent harm to self or others.
  • Identify primary behavioral, emotional and social needs.
  • Determine specific goals that address these needs.
  • Reduce symptoms of psychiatric illness.
  • Repair self-esteem.
  • Practice decision-making skills.
  • Provide opportunity to develop and practice social skills.
  • Coordinate treatment plans with other community resources.
  • Provide structure and support to stabilize and improve healthy functioning through education and group psychotherapy.

Programming occurs Monday through Friday morning from 9 a.m. to noon. Each patient is involved in his/her treatment and discharge planning. The length of treatment is based on individual needs. 

Program Components

  • group therapy
  • psychoeducational classes
  • experiential group
  • goal planning
  • family meetings
  • discharge planning

For more information on how to participate in United’s Adult Day Treatment Program, call 651-241-8168.