Senior Adult Program

The Department of Health and Human Services reports that the highest suicide rate of any age population is that of adults over the age of 65. For many older adults, behavioral health illnesses once diagnosed can be effectively treated with psychiatric help. Acute emotional problems treated at Port St. Lucie Hospital include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Compulsive Behavior
  • Memory Loss
  • Confusion
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Obsessive Behavior
  • Panic Attacks
  • Psychotic Disturbances
  • Mood Disorders
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Compulsive Behavior
  • Memory Loss
  • Confusion
  • Alcohol Abuse (for those with dual diagnosis)
  • Obsessive Behavior
  • Panic Attacks
  • Psychotic Disturbances
  • Mood Disorders
  • Suicidal Thoughts
  • Phobias
  • Substance Abuse (for those with dual diagnosis)
  • Grief & Loss
  • Aging Issues
  • Bipolar Disorders
  • Prescription Medication Over-use
  • Behavioral Disturbances due to early Dementia
  • Depression due to Chronic Pain
  • Suicidal Thoughts
  • Phobias
  • Substance Abuse (for those with dual diagnosis)
  • Grief & Loss
  • Aging Issues
  • Bipolar Disorders
  • Prescription Medication Over-use (for those with dual diagnosis)
  • Behavioral Disturbances due to early Dementia
  • Depression due to Chronic Pain

With this in mind, Port St. Lucie Hospital offers both voluntary and involuntary comprehensive treatment programs designed to meet the specific needs of adults over 60 years of age, suffering from serious psychiatric and/or dual diagnosis issues.

Senior Psychiatric Program at Port St. Lucie Hospital


Assessment Process

Port St. Lucie Hospital’s Senior Adult Program provides the highest quality assessment, diagnosis, stabilization and treatment for adults over the age of 60 with acute psychiatric issues, which require inpatient or partial hospitalization. Treatment is provided for our patients with kindness, empathy, dignity and respect at all levels in the continuum of care in order to maximize the individual’s ability to achieve successful mental and emotional health.

Before a patient begins treatment, several assessments are conducted to evaluate the patient’s physical, social and emotional health. The assessments help determine the appropriate level of care, which may be inpatient or partial hospitalization treatment. Treatment modalities consist of:

  • Crisis Evaluation
  • Cognitive Screenings
  • Medication Evaluation and Management
  • Group Psycho-Therapy
  • Family Education
  • Crisis Evaluation
  • Cognitive Screenings
  • Medication Evaluation and Management
  • Group Psycho-Therapy
  • Family Education
  • Neuro-Psychology Testing and Treatment
  • Nutritional Consultations
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Coordination with Primary Care Physicians
  • Coordination with Community Senior Services
  • Neuro-Psychology Testing and Treatment
  • Nutritional Consultations
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Coordination with Primary Care Physicians
  • Coordination with Community Senior Services

Discharge Process

Planning for discharge, be it a return to a home environment or an alternate living arrangement, begins on the day of admission. Social workers and the treatment team, with the input and assistance of family members and care givers, help to make the transition to community living a safe and seamless experience.


Medicare and most HMO’s and PPO’s are accepted and financial arrangements for self-pay may also be made.

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Port St. Lucie Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission for Hospital and Behavioral Health Care.