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Geriatric Psychiatry Program Description

The Center for Geriatric Psychiatry provides very specialized mental health care and treatment for patients who suffer from debilitating episodes caused by disease.  These diseases may cause patients to behave in such a way that they are considered to be a danger to themselves or others.

Our goal is to provide the treatment that will stabilize these behaviors and allow each patient to be discharged to the safest, least restrictive, and most successful community-based setting.

Each patient accepted to the program must be screened by one of our mental health professionals before admission.  The screening determines whether the person is eligible for treatment according to the admission criteria.

These confidential screenings are available by phone.  Physicians, aging services, social services, clergy, family, friends, healthcare providers, or patients themselves can call 503-359-6969 anytime—24 hours a day, 7 days a week—to start the screening process.  Non-emergency screenings at Tuality Forest Grove Hospital can be scheduled Monday through Friday.

After admission, an individualized treatment plan is developed for each patient by the treatment team, based on clinical assessments and treatment goals.  The team then works together to help patients reach those goals.

The treatment team includes physicians, nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, certified nurses aides, and other clinicians as needed.  Our physician specialists in psychiatry lead the treatment team and are ultimately responsible for the care and treatment of each patient.  Working in a multi-disciplinary structure, the team’s goal is to maximize quality of life for every patient.

We place a high priority on patient and family education.  Every patient is assigned a social worker/discharge planner who will coordinate communication with patients and families, to ensure that questions are answered and that important information is shared, all to help the patient succeed.  We make every effort to ensure that the needs of each patient remain a priority throughout hospitalization.

The patient is discharged from the program when he or she has made progress toward treatment goals, or no longer meets criteria for inpatient geriatric psychiatric hospitalization.  The discharge process is coordinated by the social worker/discharge planner, and includes input from all the members of the treatment team.