Inpatient care

​Child psychiatric wards offer specialist medical care to children and their families when the child requires more intensive care or examination than is available within the outpatient care. Treatment is coordinated and provided by a multidisciplinary team, with a doctor having overall responsibility for the child’s care. Treatment is based on a family-centred approach and the principles of primary nursing.

 
Treatment is planned in cooperation with the family, taking into account the individual needs of the child and the family. Treatment is coordinated with other people involved in the everyday life of the child and the family, such as school and day care center personnel. During the inpatient care period, children stay overnight on the ward, as agreed.
 
The objective of inpatient care is to help children build interactive skills, help them understand what they are experiencing, bring various skills to an age-appropriate level, and improve functional abilities. The care team helps children to face difficult issues and emotions. By increasing the child's understanding of himself/herself and other people, the child will learn how to use his/her resources.
 
Community-based care involves using various everyday situations as part of the therapy and treatment. Key tools include clearly defined limits, rules and agreements. The inpatient ward has a strict day and week routine including individual and group sessions. Routines and predefined schedules are intended to increase a sense of security in the child and to guide behavior in different situations. The support provided helps the child reach an age-appropriate level of independence and responsibility.
 

Types of activity

 
  • Family weekends
  • Inpatient care periods
  • Respite care
  • Treatment and evaluation periods
  • Family evenings
  • Activity groups
While the child is in inpatient care, the care team works closely with the parents and the child's network.
 

School

 

While in inpatient care, the child can attend the hospital school. Depending on his/her psychiatric evaluation, the child may continue to attend classes in his/her own school.

Holidays

 

The purpose of holidays is to support and maintain the relationship between the child and his/her home. Holidays are planned individually, taking the child’s condition and stage of treatment into account.
 

Family participation

 
In child psychiatric care, close cooperation with the child’s parents/guardians is essential. The objective is to help the parents become better equipped to support the child’s growth and development.
 
The family can participate in the child’s care on the ward and in separate family meetings. The goals and methods of family work are planned individually to meet the needs of each child and family. Care team members can visit the child’s home to get an idea of the child's growth environment.
 
While the child is in inpatient care, a further treatment plan to support his/her growth and development will be prepared. In addition to ward staff and the child’s parents/guardians, representatives of the school and social services may participate in the preparation of this plan.
 

Child Psychiatric Acute Ward

 
Child Psychiatric Acute Ward offers emergency child psychiatric care to children and their families every day of the year. Stays at the unit can vary from a day to two weeks, depending on the child's condition and care needs. While the child is in hospital, the hospital staff, together with the family and possibly other support network, try to think of ways to support the child to help him/her cope in the family, school and other living environment.
 

 Clinical Units