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The Geriatric Psychiatry Program

A comprehensive inpatient psychiatric treatment program for seniors

The Geriatric Psychiatry Program

One in five older adults in the United States will experience a psychiatric disorder.*  This may be due to progressive physical decline, medical illness, neurological deficits or psychosocial stressors.

The combination of medical and psychiatric conditions can make the evaluation, care and treatment of older individuals challenging.  However, most emotional illness in older adults can be treated in the right environment by professionals who understand the physical and psychological factors that affect elders.

The Geriatric Psychiatry Program of Saint Anne’s Hospital was created to address the special needs of older adults.  Our program provides comprehensive, multidisciplinary, professional inpatient treatment in a safe and comfortable environment.

*American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry (2008)

Geriatric Psychiatry Program: Responding to the unique emotional and psychological needs of older adults

Our 16-bed inpatient psychiatric unit provides comprehensive treatment in a specially designed setting. Located within Saint Anne’s Hospital, the Geriatric Psychiatry Program can respond to medical conditions, as well as address the psychological needs of older adult patients. This integrated approach enables the clinical team to determine the best course of treatment.

Some psychiatric problems may include:

  • Anxiety
  • Agitation or significant behavioral disturbances
  • Depression
  • Sudden onset of memory impairment and/or confusion
  • Sleeping and eating disturbances
  • Unrealistic fears
  • Withdrawal
  • Hearing or seeing things not present; bizarre thoughts

How we can help: Comprehensive assessment and treatment by a professional team
Our approach is a team approach – we tailor a multidisciplinary plan of care to each patient’s needs. 

Our specially trained health care professionals are experienced in addressing the complex mental health and physical needs of older adults.  The team includes:

  • Board-certified psychiatrists
  • Medical specialists (neurology, internal medicine, etc.)
  • Neuropsychologists
  • Nursing staff with geriatric/psychiatric/medical expertise
  • Occupational therapists
  • Clinical social workers
  • Physical therapists
  • Nutritionists

Together, our team can provide your loved one with:

  • Psychiatric evaluation
  • Medical evaluation and management, including specialist consultations
  • Medication adjustments
  • Occupational therapy
  • Nutritional consultation
  • Individual and group therapy
  • Patient and family education
  • Discharge and aftercare planning

Going Home

The patient and family work with the treatment team to develop an appropriate discharge plan.  This may include referral to appropriate community services and agencies.  Some patients who are ready to leave the hospital may still require structured support to maintain the progress they have already made.

For these patients, we offer two outpatient programs through our Center for Behavioral Medicine: a partial hospitalization program and an intensive outpatient program.  For more information about these outpatient programs, click here, or call 508-674-7000.

Contact us for more information

We welcome your questions and invite referrals.  Our staff is available 24 hours a day. All information is kept strictly confidential.

Download a copy of our brochure


Geriatric Psychiatry Program
795 Middle Street
Fall River, MA 02721
508-689-3300

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