Auerbach Geriatric Psychiatry Unit

The Auerbach Geriatric Psychiatry Unit is an innovative facility for short-term geriatric psychiatric care.

Our state-of-the-art inpatient facility is the preferred choice in Los Angeles County and incorporates the Jewish Home’s nationally acclaimed model of compassionate, high-quality care. With a specialized geriatric staff and an interdisciplinary team treatment approach, we focus on reducing symptoms and treating the underlying condition in a calm, nurturing environment. Our beautiful facilities include private rooms for each patient.

We accept Medicare A or equivalent insurance.

The Auerbach Geriatric Psychiatry Unit is Medicare Certified. It has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval.

Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

For more information regarding the Auerbach Geriatric Psychiatry Unit, please call 818.758.5041.

Care for a full range of conditions

  • Anxiety/panic disorders
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Delirium
  • Dementia with behavioral problems
  • Depression
  • Impulse control or dissociative disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Schizophrenia/psychotic disorders

A team approach to coordinate care

Our interdisciplinary team coordinates multiple specialties to develop, implement, and review individualized treatment plans on an ongoing basis.

  • Specialized staff: Board-certified gero-psychiatrists, experienced psychiatric RNs, and psychiatric social workers
  • Physicians and RN on staff 24/7
  • Pharmacy services 24/7
  • Comprehensive medical work-up and treatment
  • Individual, group, cognitive, recreational, and family therapies
  • Spiritual counseling
  • Kosher meals
  • Discharge planning and residential placement

Voluntary admission

The Auerbach Geriatric Psychiatry Unit admits seniors 60 and older who are experiencing stressful mental or emotional challenges that require intensive, short-term care. Patients must have a primary psychiatric diagnosis and may be admitted 24 hours a day/7 days a week. The average length of stay is 10-14 days, but varies with each individual.

Following treatment, patients return to their prior residence unless discharge placement is requested. The primary care physician is kept updated during each patient’s stay and a follow-up appointment is made with the patient’s physician as part of the discharge plan.

Involuntary admission

The Auerbach Geriatric Psychiatry Unit also accepts patients for involuntary psychiatric observation and care for up to 72 hours (under Sections 5150 or 5200 of the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act).

Involuntary admission may be initiated by a physician, clinician, peace officer, or concerned family member. It applies to an individual deemed to be in danger of harming him- or herself or others, or to be gravely disabled with a psychiatric diagnosis, including severe depression or dementia.

Hospital Pricing

As of January 1, 2021, CMS (the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) requires that hospitals post a list of their standard charges and a display of select shoppable services online.

The Joyce Eisenberg Keefer Medical Center Auerbach Geriatric Psychiatric Unit (JEKMC AGPU), located at the Los Angeles Jewish Home, is committed to sharing and helping consumers better understand specific health care costs.

The standard charge file includes both the standard (gross) charge, the negotiated rate for contracted payers, the cash pay rate—for consumers without insurance coverage, and the minimum and maximum negotiated rates across payers.

The shoppable services display includes CMS-identified select items and services. In total, CMS requires hospitals to display a total of 300 shoppable services. However, given JEKMC-AGPU’s niche services and care delivery model, the number of shoppable services is limited.

The standard charge list is strictly related to the charge for a service. It does not include fees for Professional Services (ex. Psychiatrists, Psychologists, other Professional Providers). Hospitals are typically paid based on contracted rates for the services they provide, so the charge may not reflect the amount paid by your insurance or the amount due from you. Consumer coverage, co-payments and deductibles are specific to an insurance plan.

The information contained in this file is currently uploaded annually. Charge information is subject to periodic changes and the file will be updated as soon as practically possible to reflect such changes.

The file contains both the charge amount, the charge code, and the charge description of the item or service as reflected in the hospital’s chargemaster.

For more information on CMS’ hospital price transparency requirements, visit the CMS website at

To download a brochure, click here.

Auerbach Geriatric Psychiatry Unit, License #550000621

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