When your loved one is staying on the Geropsychiatric Unit, they will have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of therapeutic programming. Our offerings are designed to address and remedy both mental and physical health issues; we work to help individuals get through their current crisis and return to a less-intensive level of care. We maintain a strong focus on the whole individual, and do our best to address all of their health concerns during their stay with us.

We focus on helping individuals build their cognitive and physical skills while they are in our care, and rehabilitation therapists are in integral part of the treatment team. Treatment also has a strong focus on medication management; a psychopharmacologist participates in care planning for our patients.

Types of Treatment

During their stay, individuals can expect to receive:

  • Daily medication management and meetings with a psychiatrist

  • Movement therapy designed to be safe and effective for an older population

  • Music therapy

  • Occupational therapy

  • Rehabilitation and physical therapy

We are also able to offer testing for dementia, and have a neuropsychologist on-call.

In addition to experiencing a mental illness, many of those we care for also are experiencing a physical illness. We have a strong relationship with the experts at the neighboring Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC); a general practitioner visits the unit frequently to consult on our patients' medical needs. We also have the capability to easily refer an individual to a medical hospital if they need more intensive physical care.

Beyond caring for mental and physical health, we ensure that any religious needs an individual has are met; we find that many people in our care crave a spiritual connection. We have a spiritual services coordinator who can visit the unit on an as-needed basis, and can arrange visits from spiritual and religious leaders.

Length of Stay

The average length of stay on our unit is seven to 14 days; some individuals need less time to stabilize and return home, and some may need more time. Each course of treatment is individualized to the patient so we can ensure they are receiving exactly the kind of care that they need to begin healing.