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Geriatric Psychiatry Inpatient Services

Where are the Geriatric Psychiatry Inpatient Services located?

The services are located on the Belmont campus in South Belknap. For more information on directions, parking, and local accommodations, please visit our Maps & Directions page.

Who benefits most from the Geriatric Psychiatry Inpatient Services?

Our inpatient programs focus on treating individuals ages 50 and older who are experiencing emotional, cognitive, or behavioral symptoms. These may include memory loss, mood disturbances, anxiety, difficulty coping with losses and transitions, or behavioral conditions that interfere with care at home or in a long-term care setting. The Older Adult Program serves the general psychiatric needs of geriatric patients, while the Cognitive Neuropsychiatry Program offers specialty care for dementia symptoms including those of Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive impairments.

Is family involved in treatment?

We encourage family involvement to whatever degree is desired by the patient, which may include phone contact with clinical social workers, family meetings, and supportive education. Many families are actively involved since most have caregiver roles and responsibilities.

Is smoking permitted?

Our programs are non-smoking. Nicorette gum and nicotine patches are available as well as tobacco cessation counseling and support.

When are visiting hours?

Visiting hours are 1:30-7:30 pm daily.

Are cell phones and other electronics allowed?

In the Cognitive Neuropsychiatry Program, in general, cell phones and other electronics are discouraged. Chargers and cords are not permitted on the unit, but items may be charged at the nursing station.

In the Older Adult Program, cell phones, tablets, laptops, and other device are permitted, with some guidelines to prevent disruption of the program and other patients, but charging cords are not allowed. Device chargers are kept in the nursing station for charging as needed. No photography is permitted. Wireless headphones with Bluetooth capability are permitted, but no wired headphones of any kind are allowed.

Is aftercare planning a part of the program?

The treatment team works closely with the individual as well as with family, significant friends, and outside providers to develop a personalized aftercare plan. Recommendations by staff are made based upon clinical needs, progress made during treatment, and long-term treatment goals.

Can former patients access their medical records?

All requests for medical records should be directed to McLean‘s Health Information Management Department.

Are support groups offered?

To complement our programs’ services and encourage individuals’ initiatives in their own treatment course, many self-help groups are hosted by McLean.

Does McLean gather patient feedback?

McLean is dedicated to maintaining high-quality and effective patient care. To ensure that those standards remain at the highest level, we utilize a number of feedback instruments and quality indicators. Among these tools are the Perceptions of Care survey which monitors patient satisfaction and BASIS-24™, a psychiatric outcomes measurement tool created at McLean and widely used in the US and around the world, which delivers feedback on the patient care experience.