Savera Geriatric Care Unit at Harsha Behavioral Center opened in January 2010 to meet the growing need for psychiatric care for seniors. The older adults are unable to communicate their feelings with caregivers and families, hence the psychiatric condition goes undiagnosed which sometimes results in tragedy.
Our Gero Psych team is comprised of highly trained psychiatric nurses, social workers, therapists, a geriatric psychiatrist and other mental health professionals.
Savera is a 21 bed acute care psychiatric inpatient program and accepts patients from 55 and up. Upon admission the patients are assessed by professionals. A customized plan of treatment is developed for each patient and is monitored regularly. The most commonly treated diagnoses include psychotic disorder, mood disorders, i.e. depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, dementia, alzheimer’s, bipolar disorders.
Our primary focus is treatment of the mental health diagnosis, however we have a medical doctor who sees the patient on a daily basis during their stay. In some cases, an undiscovered medical condition may be identified. If the physical need outweighs the psychiatric need, the patients are transferred to a hospital of choice.
The patients are seen by their psychiatrist and therapist daily and we are in close contact with the families during their loved one’s stay. Daily treatment team meetings are held with the interdisciplinary team to assure they are receiving the best care.