What to Expect - Inpatient Psychiatry & Neuropsychiatry Units

Geriatric care at Wesley Woods Geriatric Hospital provides psychiatric care based on patient clinical needs. Patients admitted who require inpatient psychiatric care will either be a patient of the psychiatry or neuropsychiatry units. Our geriatric psychiatry unit is mainly for elderly patients who suffer from depression and/or mild memory difficulty without the presence of problematic behavior(s). The Neuropsychiatry unit at our geriatric hospital is for patients who have more severe memory difficulty and display problematic behaviors related to dementia or other cognitive impairments.

It is important for patients and their families to know what to expect when a patient is admitted into either one of these psychiatric units. The goal of inpatient care is to return our patients to their best possible level of health so they may continue to be treated safely as an outpatient. Length of patient stays in the psychiatry units at the geriatric hospital depends on how well patients respond to prescribed treatments and medication.

During the Admission Process

Patients of the psychiatry or neuropsychiatry units should bring with them all items listed on our preparing for your stay page. This includes medication information, proper forms of patient identification, insurance verification and necessary apparel. Electric razors, shaving lotions and perfumes, sharp or dangerous objects and credit cards/cash should be left at home.

During your Hospital Stay

• After arrival in one of the psychiatry units, you will be seen by a nurse who will take vital signs and ask medical history questions.
• Most geriatric hospital rooms are semi-private; patients usually share a room with another patient.
• A psychiatrist will be your main attending physician during your stay in as an inpatient with psychiatric care.
• Before treatment a physician will ask the questions necessary to fully understand patient history, current illnesses and medications and family history. A physical examination will also be conducted.
• Our physicians will contact your family at least every other day (with patient permission). If your family would like to speak with your physicians more frequently, requests can be made with your nurse for more frequent communication.
• Medications used to treat depression or memory difficulty may take from between two and eight weeks to reach full effect.
• Our geriatric care teams are comprised of your physicians and additional staff including nurses, social workers and geriatric rehabilitation therapists*.
• Wesley Woods Geriatric Hospital is a smoke-free facility. Cigarettes and lighters are not permitted in or on the facility and will be sent home or secured in a storage area.
• Visiting hours are set to allow patients to participate in activities in our units and for our geriatric care specialists to provide the best possible patient care. If visiting hours are needed outside of these set times, patients may request additional visiting hours from their nurses. Patients are required to attend all scheduled groups and activities.

Visiting Hours

Psychiatry Unit:

Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Neuropsychiatry Unit:

Monday-Friday: 1 p.m. –2 p.m., 5 p.m.- 8 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: 2 p.m.- 5 p.m.