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Medical-Behavioral Care

Medical-Behavioral Care team

The medical-behavioral unit provides comprehensive, inpatient care to older adults with complex medical needs, in addition to offering specialty consultations to address psychiatric conditions and behavioral symptoms. Physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech language pathology and therapeutic recreation also are part of the program.

Typically, patients 55 years and older are admitted with a primary medical condition and a secondary mental health need for which evaluation and treatment in an inpatient setting are needed. Treatment interventions may include medical management, behavioral management, medication management, telemetry, intravenous therapy, respiratory therapy and post-surgical care.

Admission criteria:

  • Medical diagnosis and corresponding treatment plan that cannot be managed in a less intensive inpatient or outpatient setting
  • A secondary psychiatric diagnosis or behavioral condition that requires psychiatric consultation
  • Specialty hospital level of care needed to safely and effectively manage medications and behavioral care plan
  • Physician involvement is required at least three times a week
Medical-Behavioral Care team discussing a care plan

Exclusion criteria:

  • Medical or psychiatric condition that requires inpatient acute hospital care
  • Medical or psychiatric condition for which on-site continuous physician services are needed
  • Seclusion

We treat a wide range of conditions, such as:

  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Anxiety and irritability
  • Agitation
  • Anorexia
  • Hallucinations
  • Delirium

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