We take a holistic approach to the assessment and treatment of the lifestyle changes associated with aging, as well as the physical, emotional and spiritual changes. These units serve seniors 60 years and over who are experiencing mental or emotional changes that require intensive treatment on a voluntary or involuntary admissions basis.

Signs and symptoms of the mental and emotional changes associated with dementia, depression or anxiety often found in seniors include:

  • Insomnia or too much sleep
  • Unusual behavior
  • Poor appetite or overeating
  • Disregard for personal appearance
  • Impaired judgment
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Forgetfulness, confusion or disorientation
  • Trouble completing ordinary tasks

Individualized assessments identify care needs, address any immediate safety needs and review treatment options. Once treatment options are discussed, an individualized treatment plan will be implemented along with education and counseling for patients and families. Treatment includes:

  • Daily therapeutic activities
  • Physician management of chronic medical conditions
  • Ready access to services such as physical therapy and dietary counseling made possible by hospital setting
Our Treatment Team

Our team of professionals is trained in geriatric psychiatric care and includes:

  • Geriatric psychiatrists
  • Psychiatric nurses
  • Social workers
  • Activity and occupational therapists

We believe that a patient's recovery is enhanced when the family is active in the treatment process. Throughout treatment, social workers will maintain contact with the family and will arrange for family therapy when needed.

Discharge Planning

Our transition process from hospital to home will emphasize the least restrictive environment necessary to preserve the patient's quality of life. Our goal is to help maintain the progress made while in the unit. The treatment team will work closely with the patient and family to develop an aftercare plan. This plan will include the most appropriate living arrangement for the patient after discharge and may include any combination of the following: community-based programs, assisted living facilities, personal home care or nursing home. Our staff will assist the patient and family in making necessary arrangements for a seamless transition.

Admissions Criteria

Our geriatric inpatient units accept patients 60 and older. Treatment is available at any of the four Baptist Health System hospitals including, Citizens (Talladega), Princeton (Birmingham), Shelby (Alabaster) and Walker (Jasper) Baptist Medical Centers. Confidential assessments are available to help the individual, family or facility to determine if inpatient treatment is recommended. Assessments are performed by a team of healthcare professionals and may result in a referral to the unit or a recommendation to another appropriate setting.

Referrals

For inquiries and assessments, call the facility below:

Citizens Baptist Medical Center
603 Stone Avenue, Talladega, AL 35160
256-761-4380(256) 761-4380

Princeton Baptist Medical Center
701 Princeton Avenue SW, Birmingham, AL 35211
205-783-3650(205) 783-3650

Shelby Baptist Medical Center
1000 First Street N, Alabaster AL 35007
205-620-7010(205) 620-7010

Walker Baptist Medical Center
3400 Highway 78 East, Jasper, AL 35501
205-387-4874(205) 387-4874

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