Geriatric Mental Health
The Senior Behavioral Health Unit at Salt Lake Behavioral Health provides specialized psychiatric care for older adults. Often times there can be significant changes in one’s life due to loss of a loved one or loss of independence that causes emotional distress. Coping with these changes may cause emotional and behavioral difficulties severe enough to interfere with day to day living.
Senior mental health problems are frequently misdiagnosed as cognitive impairments, organic disorders or a physical health problem. Proper psychiatric diagnosis and treatment are critical in restoring one’s emotional health and physical wellbeing.
Our Mental Health Program specializes in treating:
- Depressed mood
- Extreme feelings of sadness and grief
- Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts or self-harm
- Isolating and withdrawing from life
- Hearing voices or visual hallucinations
- Decline in general health and physical fitness
- Increased irritability, anger and agitation
- Fear of losing independence
- Anxiety and panic attacks
- Insomnia or excessive sleeping
- Significant weight loss or gain
- Cognitive impairments
- Drug or alcohol abuse
The Senior Behavioral Health Program provides inpatient psychiatric treatment to patients in the late-adult life stage experiencing an acute psychiatric disorder.
- Specialized therapy including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Reminiscence Therapy and Validation Therapy
- Multi-disciplinary treatment teams which include Psychiatrists, Physicians, Therapists, RNs, CNAs and Recreational Therapists
- Diagnosed differentiation
- Mental Health
- Medication Management
SLBH provides a Rapid Response Team that can be dispatched to assess an elderly person in environments such as nursing homes, assisted living communities and other places that care for elderly. The SLBH clinical mobile team provides a free assessment and recommends treatment options.