Geriatric Mental Health
The geriatric mental health unit at Ridgeview Medical Center offers psychiatric care for senior patients who are experiencing changes and challenges with emotional and behavioral health. Conditions such as memory loss from Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, withdrawal, and anxiety may be associated with aging. These conditions and others can be treated, helping individuals maintain or improve their quality of life.
Ridgeview Medical Center offers geriatric psychiatric,diagnostic and treatment services within a 12-bed inpatient unit located on the second floor of the hospital. The geriatric mental health unit allows patients to interact with others experiencing similar problems, help them cope with recent life changes and increase their self-awareness to help prevent symptoms from worsening.
Referrals can come from physicians, health care professionals, nursing facilities, assisted-living facilities or family members. Patients are generally age 64 and older with psychiatric conditions requiring intense management. This program may also be fitting for certain patients ages 55–64. A private consultation with the care team is recommended to determine qualification and appropriateness of the program. Confidential assessments can be scheduled at the patient’s clinic, at the hospital, or in a nursing facility or assisted-living residence.
Medicare and most major health insurance plans cover patients who meet admission criteria. The average length of stay is 12 days.
Visiting hours for the patients on the Geriatric Mental Health unit are as follows: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 3:30-5 p.m. Thursday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Patients are kept quite busy throughout the day in a variety of groups and testing activities so we ask that these hours be the only times for visitors.