Centre for Mental Health Clinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy for the Elderly

Our clinic specializes in care and treatment of mentally ill people in older age. It is the only established speciality department on this field in the region of Stuttgart. We offer, in close cooperation with the clinic's somatic speciality departments, a full range of consulting on outpatient treatment to partially and fully inpatient care and aftercare. 

The clinic has a total of 66 beds, a day clinic with 26 places and the Memory Clinic (memory consultation) with its gerontopsychiatric outpatient care institute with a differentiated treatment and counselling for patients and relatives. Special wards are established focusing on psychosis in elderly patients, depression in old age and for people with dementia and challenging behaviour. An interdisciplinary ward including a clinic for endocrinology, diabetology and geriatrics is going to be provided. The clinic is associated with the gerontopsychiatric consulting services (GerBera) in Stuttgart-West, East and Feuerbach. A close cooperation with various institutions for the elderly and the social psychiatry complete the services offered. 

The hospital is a teaching hospital of the German Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry and Psychotherapy (DAGPP).

Medical Director

Priv.-Doz. Dr. med. Christine Thomas

Priv.-Doz. Dr. med. Christine Thomas

Ärztliche Direktorin der Klinik für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie für Ältere

zur Klinik

About us

  • Multi-dimensional, holistic medicine, psychiatric and somatic examination, execution of customized further clinical studies as well as neuro-psychological procedures
  • Consideration of factors of ageing and mental illness in old age, especially the biography, the psychosocial situation and loads, individual options, needs and expectations of the patient
  • Multimodal treatment (activating care, psychological, socio-, pharmacotherapy and other non-drug treatments)
  • Family counselling
  • Gerontopsychiatric consultation service
  • Consultation of other multi-professional teams and counselling of gerontopsychiatric institutions
  • Cooperation with institutions for outpatient and inpatient geriatric care
  • Close interdisciplinary collaboration with the Geriatric Centre of Stuttgart and other somatic clinics
  • Memory Clinic (memory consultation and outpatient gerontopsychiatric institution)
  • Day-clinic
  • Ward focusing on depression in old age
  • Ward for elderly patients with acute psychosis
  • Ward focusing on dementia with severe behaviour disorders
  • Relatives information group
  • Gerontopsychiatric counselling centre
  • Early diagnosis and treatment of memory disorders
  • Differential treatment for older people with depression
  • Diagnosis and treatment of dementia patients with “challenging” behaviour
  • Consulting, training and support for relatives of people with dementia
  • Interdisciplinary diagnostics and treatment of secondary diseases and somatic multi morbidity
  • Memory consultation in the network: www.gedaechtnisonline.de
  • Gerontopsychiatric addiction integrated care (GSIV)
  • Extended measures intended to maintain autonomy and self-determination
  • Specific cooperation with the Institute for Hospital Hygiene with training courses
  • Measures for team development with external consultants
  • Staff training for all professional groups in an integrated validation
*PIA = Psychiatrische Institutsambulanz / psychiatric outpatient departement
2015 2016 2017
66 66 69 Available inpatient beds
699 625 560 Inpatient cases
33.4 37.8 42.3 Inpatient stay in days
26 26 26 Available beds in day hospital
154 140 148 Cases of day hospital
39.9 43.5 40.4 Length of stay in day hospital in days
2.889 3.289 3.933 Psychiatric billing cases Outpatient Clinic (PIA*)
2015 2016 2017
415 393 306 Main diagnosis: Dementia and other organic psychic syndromes
971 938 689 Main and secondary diagnoses
285 278 232 thereof deliriums (main diagnoses)
379 282 326 Main diagnosis: affective disorders of old people
539 430 437 Main and secondary diagnoses
5.6 5.0 5.2 Somatic secondary diagnoses in average


Clinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy for the Elderly

Krankenhaus Bad Cannstatt
Prießnitzweg 24
70374 Stuttgart

Telephone +49 (0)711 278-22857
Telefax +49 (0)711 278-22809
E-Mail c.thomas@klinikum-stuttgart.de