St. Vincent’s East recently expanded its inpatient Behavioral Health Services unit to include an additional 34 adult beds. We now offer the community a total of 80 behavioral health beds with 64 adult beds and 16 geriatric beds. The unit is located on the fifth and sixth floors of St. Vincent’s East Building 46. The space also features an Electroconvulsive Therapy Suites (ECT), activity areas, multipurpose rooms, and dining areas.
Struggles with behavioral health problems negatively impact numerous areas of life, such as family relationships, employment, medical, spiritual, or legal functioning. Based on this belief, we offer assistance with many areas of life in which individuals may be struggling. Our new unit is devoted to assisting adults who may experience unresolved mental health situations.
During the course of treatment, individuals participate in an active program specifically developed to meet their own unique needs. After an assessment, individuals are involved in treatment, which may include: Medication management, therapeutic activities, and individual and family therapies.
Our unit is staffed with compassionate professionals who offer 24/7 care for adults. Our professional staff includes psychiatrists, nurses, mental health technicians, social workers, and recreational therapists.
Our goal is to provide a comfortable, therapeutic environment to meet the needs of adults experiencing behavioral health problems.
Approximately 20% of older adults experience specific behavioral health problems, making the need for specialized geriatric care increasingly important as our population ages.
The Geriatric Behavioral Health Unit offers behavioral health treatment to seniors who are experiencing:
• Grief, depression, anxiety, dementia, or stress issues
• Increased withdrawal from others, isolation
• Neglect of personal or domestic hygiene
• Feelings of worthlessness or helplessness
• Thoughts of suicide
• Wandering, pacing, restlessness, disorientation, or increased anxiety
• Changes in mood, interests and hobbies
• Uncharacteristic behaviors: cursing at others, fearfulness, incontinence, unsteady gait, striking
out at caregivers
• Inability (or refusal) to comply with medical advice, medications, medical regimen or dietary limitations
• Confusion, erratic behavior, or forgetfulness
• Problems with anger or emotional outbursts
• Changes in appetite or sleeping habits
• Physical problems or declining health
Our unit is staffed with compassionate professionals who offer 24/7 care for our patients. St. Vincent’s Geriatric Behavioral Health Unit provides therapeutic activities and medication management under the care of a psychiatrist. We understand the needs of senior patients. Our professional staff includes psychiatrists, nurses, mental health technicians, social workers, and recreational therapists trained specifically in the care of aging and age-related issues. After an initial assessment is complete, a course of treatment is agreed upon by the patient and their family or guardian and our staff, at which time treatment will begin. Our goal is to provide a comfortable, therapeutic environment to meet the needs of seniors experiencing behavioral health problems.