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Geriatric Psychiatry Inpatient Services

Recognizing that physical illnesses, medications, and the psychological and social stresses of aging can complicate diagnosis and treatment of late-life psychiatric difficulties, we work with each of our patients and their families to develop an individualized plan of care. Comprehensive evaluations aimed at diagnosis and assessment of emotional, behavioral, and cognitive abilities lead to treatment plans that can be implemented both on the unit and at aftercare facilities when appropriate.

Thorough psychosocial evaluations, neuropsychological testing, and review of medications, medical history, and current physical conditions, as well as other diagnostic procedures are provided as needed. Our program’s multidisciplinary approach draws upon a full range of treatment methods and techniques, including psychiatric assessment, neuropsychological and psychological evaluations, individual and group psychotherapy, behavioral interventions, rehabilitative services, medication evaluation and management, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and/or electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), internal medicine and neurological consultations, psychosocial assessment, and laboratory testing, including state of the art brain imaging.

South BelknapThe programs specialize in the use of cutting-edge treatments, including those informed by research conducted at McLean. When appropriate and with the individual’s permission, patients are given the opportunity to participate in clinical trials conducted by Division of Geriatric Psychiatry researchers.

Our staff works closely with patients’ families and referrers to assure that gains made during hospitalization are maintained after discharge. We provide families with education, support, and help in determining the most appropriate next steps, including recommendations of community-based services when appropriate. We also consult with referrers while patients are on the unit and provide concrete treatment recommendations to implement after discharge.