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Geriatric Behavioral Health Unit

  • Category: East Jefferson General Hospital
  • Location Type: Specialty Care

About this Location

Welcome to the Geriatric Behavioral Health Unit

This secure, 12-bed psychiatric unit is designed to treat patients 65 or older with a variety of psychiatric diagnoses. The unit treats patients who, because of a psychiatric disorder, might harm themselves or others, or are gravely disabled.

A seniors-only psychiatric unit is important because seniors are often uncomfortable, or even fearful, when mixed with younger patients on general adult psychiatric units. The Geriatric Behavioral Health Unit is designed to cater to the unique needs of seniors, providing the safe and comfortable environment essential to successful treatment.

Care team

  • Medical Director board-certified in psychiatry and gerontology
  • Social Workers
  • Registered Nurses
  • Activity Therapists
  • Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Community Educator

Family involvement

Family members may visit patients during visiting hours and participate in a Family Education Group. Unit staff members are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week by telephone to speak to family members and address concerns.

Services and treatments:

  • Free pre-assessment screenings
  • Thorough medical exam and psychiatric evaluation within 24 hours of admission
  • Structured group activities
  • Individual, group and family therapy
  • Recreational therapy
  • Private and semi-private rooms (private rooms as available)
  • Pastoral counseling