Community gets first look at the TMC Geropsychiatric Center at open house

The community recently had its first peek at Tucson Medical Center’s 16-bed Geropsychiatric Center at Handmaker, which will open in January to provide a short-term, inpatient mental health program for older adults.

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Director Terri Waldman noted that 20 percent of older adults will experience behavioral health issues at some point in their lives. And while aging is not always easy, she said, the unit will help patients tap into their existing coping skills and focus on their strengths.

The unit was built as part of a unique collaboration between two trusted Tucson health care providers – TMC and Handmaker – as part of the $4.5 million Paul and Lydia Kalmanovitz Elder Care Center at Handmaker.

TMC’s Geropsychiatric Center is on the second floor of the Elder Care Center and will assist older adults who are experiencing behavioral health issues, such as depression, dementia, anxiety, rapid onset of impaired reality, adjustment difficulties, lack of self-care or an inability to cope with stressful situations.

Handmaker’s new skilled nursing facility on the first floor focuses on caring for patients with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

“The partnership between TMC and Handmaker has just been amazing,” Waldman said. “I am so grateful for the support and friendships that have developed as we move forward to meet the needs of the community.”










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