Geropsychiatric Inpatient Program
Abington Memorial Hospital
1200 Old York Road
Abington, PA 19001
Abington Memorial Hospital's Geropsychiatric Inpatient Program provides comprehensive assessment, short-term, intensive treatment and discharge planning services to older adults with a variety of acute emotional health problems and their family members.
The Geropsychiatric Inpatient Program treatment team is composed of board-certified, geriatric psychiatrists, geriatric clinical nurse specialists, a geriatric social worker, psychiatric nurses, internist and creative arts therapists who provide a full range of geropsychiatric services.
- To provide comprehensive medical and psychiatric assessment and diagnostic services.
- To treat acute psychiatric illness in older adults in a sensitive, caring manner.
- To assist patients in regaining and maintaining their highest level of functioning by emphasizing health coping skills.
- To assist patients and their families in identifying and obtaining necessary financial, social and medical resources.
Comprehensive evaluation to identify individual strengths and needs which leads to the development of a treatment program with the client.
Psychiatric Supervision and Medication
Management Comprehensive treatment services to address medical and psychiatric issues. Patients are encouraged to continue to see their private psychiatrists and medical doctors for continuity of care.
Provides the client with a supportive setting to explore feelings and to seek practical solutions to interpersonal problems.
Daily with a geropsychiatrist or primary therapist.
The Relapse Preventions Group teaches the client specific techniques for identifying, monitoring and managing the warning signs of relapse. The Medication Group teaches the client which medications are most effective for their illness, possible side effects and the need for compliance with their physician's orders.
Validation and Reminiscence Therapy
Provide patients diagnosed with cognitive impairments the opportunity for life review with emphasis on the aging process, relationships and positive memories.
Occupational, Art and Music Therapy
Assist the client, through the creative use of crafts and music, to communicate that which is difficult to verbalize. In addition, these therapies foster self-awareness, improve concentration, decision making and social interaction.
Stress Management Groups
Aid in the identification of stressors and teach coping skills to help modify one's lifestyle to reduce stress.
Identify deficits, teach specific skills and give the client the opportunity to practice these skills in a supportive environment.
Provide a milieu to reflect on positive past experiences and build new ones to improve self-esteem.
Breathing, imagery and muscle-relaxing techniques are offered to relax the body and clear the mind.
Activities are planned to foster socialization and leisure skill enhancement.
Discharge Planning and Case Management
Assist the client in identifying and obtaining supportive resources and services, and in making a successful transition to outpatient therapy.
For more information about the Geropsychiatric Inpatient Program, please call the administrative director at 215-481-2583. call 215-481-2525 for 24-hour admissions.