The Golden Care Unit (GCU) is a new geriatric psychiatric program available at Lake Wales Medical Center, designed to provide a safe and compassionate environment where seniors can receive quality care. Our focus is to effectively treat individuals 60 year of age and older who struggle with a variety of mental health issues. For more information, please call our 24/7 line at (863) 679-6840.
The Golden Care Unit offers a broad spectrum inpatient program to help meet the community's behavioral health care needs. Golden Care is an acute stay mental health treatment program providing inpatient diagnostic and treatment services, focusing on people 60 years of age and older. Program components include individualized assessments and treatment planning, therapeutic daily activities, and comprehensive discharge planning.
Lake Wales Medical Center is committed to supporting the community by offering a broad range of health care services. The Golden Care Unit is an important part of that community support. Golden Care is available 24 hours a day to assist older adults and their families. Warning signs that may indicate the need for treatment include:
The Golden Care Unit focuses on patients with depression, mood or behavior changes associated with Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia, manic depressive illness, acute psychoses and other disorders associated with aging. Golden Care provides an individualized treatment program for each patient. A variety of approaches are used, including group, individual, and family counseling. In addition, Golden Care provides specialty approaches such as physical and activity/recreational therapy.
Our multidisciplinary team includes psychiatrists, social workers, activity therapists, registered nurses, psychiatric technicians, and dieticians. Primary care physicians are an active part of the medical management team as well. The patient's family is also considered an important part of the management team and is encouraged to participate in family conferences and discharge planning. Family participation helps patients continue to progress and retain the living skills learned through the program.
People 60 years of age and older who could benefit from short-term inpatient mental health care, include those who have:
To help make the admission process even easier, we ask that you bring the following:
During admission, you will be asked to sign several consent forms, including the consent to treatment form, patient bill of rights and an advanced directive form. If you are unable to sign these, a family member or responsible party must accompany you. Your case manager/social worker can help you with all the details of your insurance.
It is recommended that you bring the following items as approved by unit staff upon admission:
Most hospital treatment services for patients who qualify for admission to Golden Care are covered by Medicare, commercial and supplemental health insurance plans.
Physicians, mental health professionals, or family members may make referrals to Golden Care by contacting the program directly. The patient, if clinically appropriate after evaluation, is admitted and followed by a psychiatrist for treatment. The initial assessment is conducted by a Golden Care professional. The confidential assessment may include a preadmission telephone intake evaluation and/or personal evaluation. If you or someone you care about exhibits the symptoms listed above, you don't have to suffer alone. A confidential source of help is available at Golden Care.
For evaluation and admission, please call (863) 679-6840.
410 South 11th Street
Lake Wales, FL 33853