Psychiatric Care for Seniors

The Geriatric Psychiatry Unit at the Riverview Jefferson Health & Rehab Center is a remarkable provision for short-term geriatric psychiatric care.

Our state-of-the-art inpatient facility is the preferred choice in Southeast Michigan for short-term treatment, incorporating our model of compassionate, high-quality care.With specialized geriatric staff and an interdisciplinary team treatment approach, our focus is on reducing symptoms and treating the underlying condition in a calm, nurturing environment. The Unit's beautiful facilities include exclusively private rooms, each with private bathroom.


Voluntary Admission

Riverview Jefferson's Geriatric Psychiatry Unit admits individuals who are 60 years and older and experiencing stressful mental or emotional challenges that require intensive, short-term care. Patients must have a primary psychiatric diagnosis, and may be admitted 24 / 7. The average length of stay is 10-14 days, but will vary with each individual.

Following treatment, patients return to their prior residence unless discharge placement is requested. The primary care physician is kept updated during a patient's stay, and a follow-up appointment is made with the patient's physician as part of the discharge plan.

Involuntary Admission

Riverview Jeffersn's Geriatric Psychiatry Unit also accepts patients for involuntary psychiatric observation and care for up to 72 hours (under Sections 5150 or 5200 of the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act). Involuntary admission may be may be initiated by a physician, clinician, peace officer or concerned family member. It applies to an individual deemed to be in danger of harming him or herself or others, or to be gravely disabled with a psychiatric diagnosis, including severe depression or dementia.

Specialized Geriatric Care

Riverview Jefferson's interdisciplinary team provides coordination of multiple geriatric specialities to develop, implement, and review individualized treatment plans on an ongoing basis. Treatment features include:

  • Specialized Staff — Board-certified gero-psychiatrists, experienced psychiatric RNs and social workers
  • Physicians, RN, and Pharmacy 24 / 7
  • Comprehensive medical work-up and treatment
  • Individual, Group, Cognitive, Recreational, and Family Therapies
  • Spiritual Counseling, Kosher Meals
  • Discharge Planning and Residential Placement
  • Admission & Reimbursement
It is Riverview Jefferson's policy to admit individuals of all faiths, ethnicities, and racial backgrounds. Patients with total care needs are welcome. Medicare A or equivalent insurance is accepted. For more information regarding Riverview Jefferson's Psychiatry Unit, please call (313) 499-4100.