Growing older does not always come easy. There can be both physical and mental losses, but that does not mean one needs to give up on happiness and contentment.
At our Geriatric Behavioral Health Unit, we offer individualized short-term
care in a warm, secure and supportive atmosphere for older adults experiencing psychiatric symptoms which require 24-hour acute inpatient treatment.
This program was designed for older adults who are experiencing emotional, behavioral
or mental health issues, such as:
Self-injurious (suicidal) thoughts or behaviors
Severe agitation or anxiety
Destructive or combative behavior
Delusions, hallucinations or paranoia
Social withdrawal, loss of interest in personal appearance/hygiene
Change in sleeping patterns or insomnia; change in appetite
Dementia with behavioral disturbances such as agitation, anger and aggression
The care in the Geriatric Behavioral Health Unit involves stabilizing the crises that led to the hospitalization, providing a thorough evaluation, developing a treatment plan and coordinating care in a supportive, physician supervised environment.
Our Interdisciplinary Team
Our team cares for both medical and mental health problems. Many times patients have medical issues, such as diabetes, congestive heart failure or other conditions along with the behavioral health concern, and our hospital staff can manage both. Our unit is located on the third floor of Valley Baptist, so should further intervention be required, help is never far away:
Medical and surgical physicians
Physical, occupational, and speech therapy
Our Treatment Plan Includes:
Psychiatric and physical assessment
Daily visits by psychiatrist
Group activities, such as music and art therapy
24-hour nursing and medical support
Individual and group therapy
Family education and support
Medication stabilization and management
Comprehensive discharge planning
How to call for help: Patient requests for service can be made by anyone, including a family member, physician or physician office, nursing home staff, assisted living facility representative or friend. All information is confidential.
1. Begin the process by calling 956-389-4940. 2. Answer questions about the patient:
Medical conditions and history
3. The unit psychiatrist will evaluate the patient information to determine the appropriate plan of action.
Our Geriatric Behavioral Health Unit is located on the third floor of the West Tower of Valley Baptist Medical Center-Harlingen, 2101 Pease Street, Harlingen, TX 78550.
Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
At Valley Baptist, we understand that many behavioral and mental health conditions can be treated on an outpatient basis, and our group program offers an option. Many of us will face depression, anxiety or other conditions sometime in our life, caused by such events as the loss of a parent, a spouse or child, as well as other life changes. The Valley Baptist Behavioral Health team is there to help.
We work hard to improve the coping skills of our patients, helping to ensure that no one leaves the program until they have met their goals. Our IOP health services are provided in a safe, supportive environment that offers personalized treatment, including group, individual and family therapy. Transportation is provided.
If you or a loved one is experiencing emotional, behavioral or psychological difficulty, make an appointment today by calling our 24-hour referral line at (855) 720-7448.