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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.
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the
UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care,
medical education and research programs and services they provide.