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Geriatrics at Saint Vincent Hospital

Growing older does not always come easy...

But happiness should never be compromised.

 
Saint Vincent has a long history of caring for patients who suffer from behavioral and mental health issues and require hospitalization. Our specialists have found that the needs of our senior population are somewhat more complicated and require a separate team of specialists.
 
Our inpatient Geriatric Behavioral Services is a 10-bed, short-term/acute care unit, set in a comfortable, safe, secure and separate area of the hospital. It is staffed 24/7 by a professional team of associates who specialize in caring for the geriatric population. 
Our goal is to help our aging population continue to live a happy and full life. 
 
Treatments for a variety of conditions
The Geriatric Behavioral Services Unit addresses the needs of elderly patients experiencing:
  • Depression/anxiety
  • Sleep or appetite disturbances
  • Confusion, disorientation, wandering
  • Social isolation
  • Suicidal/homicidal thoughts or actions
  • Agitation, anger or aggression
  • Difficulty with loss or transition
  • Behavioral conditions that interfere with care at home or in a long-term setting
 
Clinical Care
Specialized treatment by teams of highly-trained staff may include:
  • Individual and group therapy
  • Family education and meetings
  • Medication Management
  • Recreational therapy
  • Referrals for outpatient support
  • Spiritual enrichment (upon request)
 
Care Team
The Saint Vincent inpatient behavioral services unit has dedicated staff to provide compassionate and comprehensive treatment for patients with multiple diagnoses. The interdisciplinary team consists of:
  • Psychiatrist
  • Internists
  • Social workers/therapists
  • Nurses
  • Recreational therapist
  • Mental health technicians
And when necessary:
  • Neuropsychologist
  • Physical therapist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Respiratory therapist
  • Speech therapist
  • Nutritionist
  • Pharmacist
  • Chaplain
 
Saint Vincent provides 24-hour assessment in a uniquely designed area reserved specifically for evaluations in the hospital emergency department. To further assist our senior population, the Saint Vincent team provides mobile/on-site assessments by appointment for patients and families to better understand the admission process and available treatments. Treatment is tailored to meet the specific needs of each patient and treatment plans are based on the input of patients, family members and outpatient providers, such as the family doctor. 
 
Referrals may be made by individuals, family members or friends, physicians, agencies, hospitals or clergy. Follow-up care is arranged before discharge to assure continuity of services and discharge planning includes assistance with placement, if necessary. 
 
Contact Saint Vincent Geriatric Behavioral Services
232 West 25 Street, Erie, PA 16544
814.452.5555 or toll-free 1.888.950.9090
 
To schedule mobile assessments call:
814.449.4858.