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Release: July 6, 2000

New geriatric unit set to open in July

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Officials with UI Behavioral Health today announced the upcoming opening of the first specially designated geriatric unit at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. The 14-bed unit will open Monday, July 10.

The inpatient program is specially designed to meet the physical and psychological needs of older patients with emotional and behavioral problems that require hospitalization. "We saw a real need for this service," said Judith H.W. Crossett, MD, Ph.D., director of geriatric psychiatry services. "These patients often have a combination of psychiatric and physical illnesses, and they require care and consultation from many kinds of specialists in order to ensure that they are correctly diagnosed and properly treated."

The unit staff serves a wide range of patients, including those with health conditions complicated by medical or neurological problems. A carefully designed program of activities and groups enables patients to regain their social and self-care skills. The approach is intended to encourage independence in a setting that is matched to the patient's current physical abilities.

"We also give special attention to meeting the needs of the patient's family and caregivers," said Crossett. "Family members and significant others can provide very useful information that helps us better understand the patient's illness." Family members are encouraged to accompany patients when they are admitted to the unit and to participate in the treatment process and discharge planning.

Educational services are also available to support patients and family members, significant others or caregivers. For more information about the geriatric unit, call (319) 384-8999.

 

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