Alabama Department of Senior Services
A RESOURCE FOR ALABAMA SENIORS WITH MEMORY LOSS AND THEIR CARE GIVERS
Psychiatric Inpatient Care
At some point, someone with dementia may have need for assessment and treatment at an inpatient psychiatric center. This type of care may be needed if your loved one has another mental health condition besides dementia. Using this type of hospital is done to help find out what your loved one needs, not to "put them away." Your loved one's primary care provider will be able to guide you if this option needs to be considered.
Often, inpatient psychiatric care is beneficial when patients have severe agitation, poor sleep, poor appetite, or other conditions. The facility will evaluate your loved one's mental and physical health, and suggest a treatment plan.
Other than psychiatrists (physicians who specialize in mental health), healthcare providers who may work with your loved one in the facility might include nurses, social workers, psychologists, occupational therapists, recreation therapists, and others.
If your loved one is admitted to a psychiatric inpatient facility, begin working with the social worker early to determine what will happen next.