In addition to the standard requirements for admission to the Geriatric Psychiatry Unit, potential patients must also have a recent COVID-19 negative test, be asymptomatic, and have not had close contact with someone who has been COVID-19 positive in the last 14 days. The negative test must be within 72 hours prior to admission and there must be no symptoms of: cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills/shaking with chills, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell.
Geriatric Psychiatry Inpatient Program
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The Geriatric Psychiatry Inpatient Program at Stoughton Health is designed to treat acute mental health disorders in adults age 55 and over. Confidentiality is of the utmost importance. Personalized treatment is provided utilizing a multidisciplinary approach, including active participation in group therapy, individual therapy and activity therapy. Patients and families receive education on specific disorders, medications and effective coping strategies.
Treatment is provided for depression, anxiety, Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and psychosis. In addition to psychiatric services, patients have full access to all services at Stoughton Health, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, dietary, medical imaging, laboratory and emergency services.
Our treatment team consists of a psychiatry director, medical director, psychologist, pharmacist, psychiatric nurses, psychiatric social worker, clinical dietitian and a recreation therapist. The treatment team works together to formulate and implement an individualized treatment plan.
Communication with the primary physician happens before, during and after treatment. Discharge planning is coordinated with regard to individual needs, with follow-up services as appropriate.
Criteria for Admission
- Willingness to engage in treatment on a voluntary or passive voluntary basis
- Non-voluntary admissions arranged under court order or legal protective custody
- Prior outpatient treatment without adequate resolution
- Functional impairment responsive to short-term inpatient treatment
Overview of Services
- Comprehensive medical and psychological evaluation
- Individualized treatment plan
- Family participation
- Coping and life skill training
- Therapeutic exercise/stress reduction
- Art and expressive therapy
- Pastoral counseling
- Music therapy
- Pet therapy
- Medication management and education
- Discharge planning
Anyone can make an inquiry call to the Geriatric Psychiatry Program. If an individual is not appropriate for treatment, staff will direct the caller to appropriate services. The Geriatric Psychiatry staff works closely with family, the referring physician and any agencies involved in caring for the individual.
Stoughton Health accepts over 160 area insurance plans, including but not limited to those listed below. Please check your individual plan regarding coverage of services at Stoughton Health.
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Dean Health Plan products
- Security Health Plan
- United Healthcare
- WEA Trust
Typically Medicare Part A covers the majority of the cost.
For more information about the Geriatric Psychiatry Inpatient Program or to make a referral, please call (608) 873-2242.
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