Ward D2 | Specialist ward for mental illness in older adults

Doctor in charge

Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Robert Perneczky MRCPsych MBA

Ward D2 has 14 inpatient beds. Patients are cared for by a multiprofessional team of doctors, psychologists, specially trained and educated nurses, social workers and specialist therapists.

Main priorities

Our ward provides specialised services for older adults with mental illness (depression, bipolar disorder, psychosis).

Treatment concept

After admission we first take a detailed history of your symptoms and possible causes. On the basis of your history, together with you we decide on your individual treatment with psychopharmaceuticals, psychotherapy and psychosocial therapy. Our treatment approaches are based on the latest scientific knowledge, guidelines and quality standards. We continuously pay attention to physical illnesses and possible interactions between psychiatric drugs and other medicines. We place great emphasis on including patients’ relatives and the home environment in the therapeutic process.

General treatment services

  • Regular ward rounds
  • Regular psychological care (individually and in groups)
  • Regular co-therapeutic talks with nurses
  • Individual weekly plan/daily planning
  • Individual planning of drug treatment
  • Talks with relatives


  • Individual behaviour therapy
  • Group behaviour therapy
    • Cognitive behaviour therapy group
    • Interpersonal psychotherapy in groups
    • Self-esteem group
    • Group on coping with stress
    • Social competence training
    • Relaxation therapy
    • Smoking cessation group
    • Relatives’ group for affective disorders

Treatment services provided by nurses:

  • Strengthening of cognitive abilities (newspaper group, fairy tale group, etc.)
  • Daily structure
  • Enjoyment group
  • Aromatherapy
  • Training related to everyday life
  • Weekly patient meeting

Social therapy

  • Exercise therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Support from social workers
  • Follow-up care (reintegration into everyday life)
    • Relatives’ group


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