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Dr. Ebony Dix

Geriatric Psychiatric Care

Yale New Haven Psychiatric Hospital's Geriatric Psychiatry Inpatient Program is a brief, acute treatment program designed to address a wide range of psychiatric disorders requiring hospitalization. This highly specialized program provides acute care to geriatric patients diagnosed with psychiatric symptoms, often in the context of co-occurring medical disorders.

The program primarily treats patients age 65 and older requiring an intensive and safe setting. The assessment and treatment program include crisis intervention, family consultation and rehabilitative intervention.

The care team is skilled at completing comprehensive assessments and intervening in highly complex cases involving medical, psychiatric, functional and psychosocial issues. The most commonly treated conditions include psychotic disorders, mood disorders and dementias. The most commonly treated functional problems include impaired activities of daily living, cognitive disorganization and disruptive behaviors.

Clinical services may include:

  • Medication evaluation and management
  • Psychological and brief neuropsychological assessment
  • Safety and independent-living skills evaluation
  • Crisis-oriented family therapy and psycho-education; caregiver support
  • Psychosocial rehabilitation/recreational therapy
  • Occupational/recreational therapy
  • Electroconvulsive therapy (when indicated)
  • Discharge planning and collaboration with patients' outpatient treaters, families and community agencies