Geriatric Inpatient Psychiatry Unit

The help you need at every age

Aging brings on many challenges. Decreased physical and mental capabilities, the loss of loved ones and reduced independence can mean significant changes in the lives of seniors. Sometimes, specialized care is needed – and that’s where we can help.

UM Health-Sparrow’s geriatric inpatient psychiatry unit provides evaluation and treatment of psychiatrically ill patients typically over 60 years of age. We provide holistic, comprehensive care to help patients deal with behavioral issues that occur during the aging process.

As our loved ones get older, we may notice a sudden or a more prolonged change in their behavior or mood. This may indicate the presence of a mental illness. UM Health-Sparrow’s geriatric inpatient psychiatry unit provides treatment for depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease accompanied by behavioral issues and other mental illnesses occurring during the aging process.

We can help you through some of life’s stresses brought on by a serious change in medical condition. As part of our holistic program, we review prescriptions and over-the-counter medications to ensure maximum therapeutic effect for our seniors. 

Additional treatments may include:

  • Psychotherapy
  • Psychological assessment
  • Medical care
  • Pastoral care
  • Improved nutrition
  • Fitness programs
  • Relaxation programs
  • Recreation and music therapy
  • Attention to social stresses

Symptoms of changing mood or behavior in the elderly include:

  • Disorientation
  • Depression
  • Severe memory loss
  • Hallucination
  • Increased social withdrawal
  • Suicidal thoughts or behaviors
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Extreme fluctuation in weight
  • Loss of interest in appearance
  • Agitation
  • Poor concentration
  • Prolonged grieving