Geriatric Psychiatry

University Hospitals Parma Medical Center Offers Behavioral Care for Older Adults

The Behavioral Center for Older Adults at UH Parma Medical Center offers hope to people 55 years of age and older who are experiencing serious emotional and/or mental health difficulties. Our services provide comprehensive assessment and individualized treatment plans.

During treatment, primary care physicians manage each patient’s medical conditions as the behavioral health team focuses on treating primary psychiatric diagnoses. Our secured unit at UH Parma Medical Center provides convenient access to diagnostic procedures that may help identify the causes of a patient’s behavior.

Specialized Geriatric Psychiatry Services

Each team member at the Behavioral Center for Older Adults is experienced in providing treatment and support to the mental health needs specific to older adults. Services are tailored to meet these needs, including:

  • Comprehensive assessments
  • Co-management of chronic medical conditions
  • Dietary consultation
  • Discharge planning/placement assistance
  • Individual and group therapies
  • Medication management
  • Patient and family education
  • Recreational, occupational and physical therapy

Stabilization Treatments for Psychiatric Symptoms

Treatment focuses on management of symptoms and stabilizing the individual. Specialized professionals – including psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, social workers, therapists and dietitians – help identify each patient’s capabilities and develop coping strategies. Symptoms of behavioral health problems may include:

  • Anxiety
  • Confusion
  • Combativeness
  • Depression
  • Memory impairment
  • Hallucinations
  • Isolation
  • Sleep and eating disturbances
  • Unrealistic fears

Families are involved in the care plan throughout the patient’s stay, especially during the transition back into the community.

For More Information about Behavioral Health Services

For questions about geriatric psychiatry services, please call our program director at 440-743-4189, or our community relations coordinator at 440-743-4179.

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