St. Luke's University Hospital–Bethlehem plans to open a new unit to serve the unique inpatient behavioral health needs of people aged 60 and over.
The inpatient unit, which is slated to open in February, will provide a secure and tranquil environment for older adults with longstanding or newly-diagnosed mental illnesses.
The care will be provided by an interdisciplinary team comprised of a psychiatrist with special training with geriatric patients; nurses; mental health technicians; case managers and activity therapists.
St. Luke's Older Adult Behavioral Health Unit will offer a multitude of services, including medication management, individual and group therapy and aftercare planning.
The unit will be comprised of 15 single occupancy rooms and will also provide areas for group, family visits as well as activity therapies.