Providing Mental Health Care in a Nurturing Environment

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Providing Mental Health Care in a Nurturing Environment

Mar 5, 2018

The Auerbach Geriatric Psychiatry Unit (AGPU) at the Los Angeles Jewish Home is an innovative facility for short-term geriatric psychiatric care. This state-of-the-art inpatient facility incorporates the Jewish Home’s nationally acclaimed model of compassionate, high-quality care.

Comprehensive treatment is provided by specialized staff using an interdisciplinary team approach. The team includes board certified geropsychiatrists, other medical doctors, experienced psychiatric registered nurses (RN), social workers (LCSW), and certified nurse assistants (CNA) with training in mental health. Activity therapists and physical therapists round out the team.

AGPU admits individuals with a primary psychiatric diagnosis who are experiencing stressful mental or emotional challenges that require intensive, short-term care. The average length of stay is 10-14 days. Both voluntary and involuntary admissions are accepted. An involuntary admission occurs when a patient is gravely disabled or a danger to themselves or others. The California Mental Health Law (LPS Act) facilitates short-term admission for a 72-hour period of observation, evaluation, and treatment.

Behavioral health diagnoses treated at AGPU include depression, anxiety/panic disorders, bipolar disorder, delirium, Alzheimer’s dementia with behavioral disturbance, schizophrenia/psychotic disorders, impulse control disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder. While the most common admitting diagnosis at AGPU is dementia, depression is the most common mental health issue among seniors overall.

When patients are admitted to the Auerbach Geriatric Psychiatry Unit, they are evaluated using psychosocial and medical assessments. A plan of treatment is determined and implemented by the interdisciplinary team, which meets weekly to review each patient’s progress and adjust treatment as necessary.

At AGPU, the focus is on reducing symptoms and treating the underlying condition in a calm, nurturing environment. Each person has a private room, which includes a bathroom. Individual and group therapies are offered and patients are encouraged to participate. Spiritual counseling is available and kosher meals are provided.

The Auerbach Geriatric Psychiatry Unit is located in the Joyce Eisenberg-Keefer Medical Center on the Home’s Grancell Village campus. It is Medicare certified and accredited by The Joint Commission. For more information regarding the Auerbach Geriatric Psychiatry Unit, please call 818-758-5041 or visit their web page by clicking here.

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