Geriatric Psychiatry Unit
The twelve-bed Geriatric Psychiatry Unit treats the mental and emotional needs of older adults. A team of nursing professionals, physicians, clinicians, and support staff work together to meet the mental health needs of patients over the age of 65. While length of stay can vary according to many factors, the average stay for our patients is usually ten days.
Patients in this unit receive:
- A comprehensive diagnostic, medical, and psychiatric evaluation by our interdisciplinary team, who then create a treatment plan focused on the individual.
- Individualized care and psychiatric short-term treatment in a safe and comfortable environment.
The decision to seek psychiatric care can be a difficult one. You want to know the care will be comprehensive, sensitive, and individualized. The choice of where to seek care can become even more complicated when the person needing help is a senior.
All care -- including that for psychiatric illnesses -- can differ depending on the age of the patient. Thankfully, for those who choose Roger Williams, elder care and behavioral medicine are two of our primary areas of focus. We know how to specifically address the mental health needs of seniors and their families.
The Geriatric Psychiatry Unit at Roger Williams addresses the mental and emotional needs of older adults. Our dedicated team of nursing professionals, physicians, clinicians, and support staff work closely together to meet the mental health needs of patients over 65.
What is the Geriatric Psychiatry Unit like? Elders admitted to our 12-bed unit are always treated with dignity and respect. Patients receive a comprehensive diagnostic medical and psychiatric evaluation by our interdisciplinary team, who then create an individualized treatment plan. In this safe and comfortable environment, our geriatric patients receive individualized care and psychiatric short-term treatment. While length of stay can vary according to many factors, the average stay for our patients is usually 10 days.
The fact that the Geriatric Psychiatry Unit is located at Roger Williams Medical Center makes it unique in Rhode Island. For patients with both medical and mental health issues, this means treatment is available onsite as opposed to other psychiatric facilities that must transport patients to an outside hospital should the need arise.
Our team of medical professionals strongly encourages family involvement to ensure patients' needs are addressed from admission through discharge. To ensure care continues after discharge, we offer self-care plans or aftercare plans for patients needing continued at-home care.