Our 30-bed older persons unit is purpose built to treat the mental health concerns of older patients.
We have a qualified team who are attentive and understanding to meet the needs of the elderly and ensure the comfort of all patients.
We have two credentialed Psychogeriatricians who specialise in older persons mental health, and to support the physical care requirements of these patients, our hospital has two Physicians and a Geriatrician with visiting rights to the hospital.
We also provide assessment, management and support for people who have a mental illness over the age of 65 years, and we encourage family members and carers to get involved in helping their loved ones plan for their future.
Our assessment includes cognitive and general functioning to provide our patients with the best programs to meet their needs.
Our inpatient programs focus on educational, therapeutic and diversional activities.
Therapeutic interventions are provided on the basis of individual need and evidence-based guidelines depending on the diagnosis of each patient.
Interventions are categorised as follows:
Healthy behaviours practiced by the individual, such as exercise, diet and routine
Psychological approaches, such as building skills in helpful thinking, problem solving and coping with strong emotions
Physical treatments such as medication and, less commonly, Electroconvulsive Therapy
Changes in personal environment
Communication and care tips for friends, family and professional care staff
Helping patients access services and help for unmet social needs, such as loneliness, transport and housing
Young @ Heart
Run by a multidisciplinary treatment team, this program aims to help mature aged patients who want to stay mentally and physically healthy, and their quality of life while engaging with groups and services in the community. It combines evidence-based interventions including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and other strength-based therapies.