Older Adult Care

State-of-the-Art Older Adult Psychiatric Care at The Pavilion

Aging brings on many challenges. Decreased physical and mental capabilities, the loss of loved ones and other end-of-life issues, and reduced independence present significant changes in the lives of seniors. A sudden or prolonged change in behavior or mood may indicate a presence of, or precursor to mental illness. Oftentimes, highly specialized care designed specifically to address older adult psychological issues may be required. The Pavilion at Williamsburg Place is ideally suited to provide this type and level of older adult psychiatric care.

older adult psychiatric careThe psychiatric Pavilion on the Williamsburg Place campus offers a 57-bed inpatient facility designed to effectively treat the behavioral health needs of older adults. Treatment is based on the principles of Milieu Therapy, a form of psychotherapy that makes use of therapeutic groups or "communities". Typically, patients will join a group and be encouraged to take responsibility for themselves and the others within the group. Milieu Therapy at The Pavilion provides a safe, supportive and secure group environment in which older adults can receive comprehensive psychiatric care and return to a stable level of functioning. Each individual is assessed by a team of professionals lead by a psychiatrist to determine if they meet the medically necessary criteria for inpatient level of care.

Our Older Adult Program is designed specifically for adults ages 55 and over. Presenting symptoms may include behavioral disturbances, severe depression with suicidal thoughts, anxiety, hallucinations and delusions. Medical specialists may be consulted to manage underlying physical illnesses that may be contributing to behavioral, emotional and cognitive instability. 

A comprehensive discharge plan is designed to ensure that each individual has access to the services and support to continue to live independently, return to a supportive living environment or facilitate placement in a setting that will maintain their safety and optimal level of functioning.

Overview of Older Adult Psychiatric Services:

An interdisciplinary team of professionals uniquely assesses each patient during the admissions process. A licensed clinician will monitor the patient's progress and ensure that the patient receives a customized plan for treatment of their mental illness in order to stabilize their condition.

Services Include:

  • Comprehensive Psychiatric Assessment
  • Individualized Treatment Plan
  • 24-hour Nursing Care for Assessment Monitoring
  • Medication Management and Education
  • Symptom Management
  • Nutritional Consultation
  • Therapeutic Interventions that Promote Stress Reduction
  • Exercise Therapy
  • Expressive Therapy
  • Encouraged Family Participation
  • Discharge and Aftercare Planning

Admission Criteria:

  • Older Adult Patients are are defined as 55 years and older experiencing acute changes in mental status or behavioral problems.
  • Older Adult Patients must be medically cleared by a physician prior to admission.
  • Older Adult Patients are admitted to the Senior Adult Unit by a Pavilion physician's order.
  • An initial evaluation by a Pavilion Physician will review medical, emotional, behavioral, social, and nutritional needs.
  • A thorough review of the patient’s psychiatric history, including previous treatment and physical and health screenings, is evaluated. 


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The Pavilion at Williamsburg Place does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color,
national origin, disability, or age in admission, treatment , or participation in its programs, services and
activities, or in employment. For further information about this policy, contact: Patty Cranford, 757-941-6400,TDD 1-800-828-1120.

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