A spacious common area for patients and their families
To better serve the psychiatric needs of our growing geriatric population, Rhode Island Hospital now has a six-bed geriatric psychiatry inpatient unit, located on the fourth floor of the Jane Brown Building. The new unit allows geriatric patients with psychiatric and medical needs to receive all their care at Rhode Island Hospital, helping to reduce the stress associated with transferring between facilities.
Sixty percent of geriatric psychiatry patients are known to have concurrent medical illnesses, typically requiring frequent transfers between outpatient psychiatry clinics and acute care hospitals. Because the new geriatric psychiatry unit is within Rhode Island Hospital, patients with medical and psychiatric needs can receive seamless, continuous and consistent care all under one roof.
A 3-to-1 patient-to-staff ratio and small number of beds ensure a high quality of care, privacy and comfort, and also provides greater infection control - all of which contribute to shorter hospital stays. All rooms in the unit are private and have private bathrooms, and a full program of daily therapeutic activities is available to patients.
See the full schedule of therapeutic activities.