Center for Geriatric Psychiatry

Elderly adults experiencing changes in behavior and emotions need specialized care in a safe and supportive environment. The inpatient geriatric psychiatry facility at Hillsboro Medical Center provides coordinated care for the unique needs of older adults in crisis to improve their quality of life and well-being.

We focus on rehabilitation to help patients achieve the highest possible level of function by providing:

  • One of only three acute psychiatric centers in Oregon that specialize in geriatrics.
  • Access to OHSU specialists for medical and surgical consultation.
  • A large open space for patients to enjoy meals and activities. 
  • Private rooms with platform beds to reduce possibility of injury.  
  • An open nurses’ station for an inviting environment of care.
  • A beautiful garden for patients and their families to enjoy.

Coordinated care

  • A collaborative team of doctors, nurses, occupational and physical therapists, nutritionists and social workers focused on functional improvement of patients.
  • Geriatric psychiatrists with specialized training in the physical, social and emotional needs of older adults.
  • Geriatric pharmacists with expertise in medications for the elderly.
  • Psychiatric social workers to provide resources for patients and caregivers to sustain the progress made in treatment.
  • Occupational therapist to help determine placement of the patient upon discharge.

Conditions we treat 

Mental health issues in older adults sometimes goes undiagnosed until it becomes a threat to themselves or others. Early signs to watch for include memory issues, changes in mood and social withdrawal.  Conditions we care for include:

  • Dementia
  • Depression and other mood disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Psychosis: delusions and hallucinations
  • Self-destructive or threatening behavior

Care we offer

Our inpatient 21-bed geriatric psychiatry facility is a pleasant and peaceful environment. We develop a patient-centered plan that emphasizes behavioral intervention and psychotropic medication to help with mind, emotions and behavior.

  • Inpatient medical evaluation
    A complete diagnostic workup including medical history, condition and memory testing.
  • Daily therapy programs
    Participation in group activities to promote physical activity, mental activity and socialization.
  • Family communication
    Frequent communication with family members to involve them in the treatment plan and educate them on what they can do to support their loved one.
  • Discharge planning
    Assist families in finding appropriate placement. Provide recommendations to care providers after discharge.

Safe and secure environment

We have a safe and nurturing environment to prevent a patient from harming themselves or others.  Our staff provide direct patient care 24 hours a day. 

Some features in the unit to reduce risks include:

  • Specialized shower and restroom fixtures.
  • Windows with integrated blinds that patients cannot break. 
  • Double sets of doors at the entrance and exit to prevent patients from leaving the facility unsupervised.
  • Patient call bracelets that allows them to call for help from anywhere in the unit.

Who and how to refer a patient

Patients 60 and older and in crisis may be referred by doctors, emergency departments, human service organizations, family, friends, healthcare providers, or the patient themselves. 

The referral phone number is 503-681-1919 and available 24 hours a day.

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