McLean Hospital 115 Mill Street Belmont, MA 02478
The Geriatric Psychiatry Inpatient Services provide comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for 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 including Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive impairments. Covered by most health insurance providers, our average length of stay is between 7 and 14 days.
We will work with you to determine which option is best for you. For more information or to make a referral, please call 800.333.0338.
The Cognitive Neuropsychiatry Program is best suited for individuals with cognitive impairment and co-occurring diagnoses such as depression and anxiety. Staff have special expertise in treating Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia and we understand that along with cognitive changes, many individuals experience additional symptoms or behavioral disturbances such as agitation.
The Older Adult Program provides treatment for patients with a wide variety of psychiatric illnesses including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and thought disorders. We also treat individuals coping with loss, bereavement, and changes in functioning. Families are closely involved and participate during the hospitalization.
A part of McLean’s Division of Geriatric Psychiatry, our interdisciplinary team of expert clinicians and support staff have chosen geriatrics as their specialty and pride themselves on providing compassionate and efficient care. We work together to collaborate with patients and families to provide first-class treatment in a comfortable environment.
“You have left me with a renewed faith in a mental health system that employs individuals that truly care.”
– Patient within the Cognitive Neuropsychiatry Program
The main components of care include diagnostic evaluation, solution focused treatment, group therapy, behavioral strategies, medication evaluation and management, and aftercare planning. Consultation services are also available such as internal medicine, neurology, imaging, rehabilitation medicine, nutrition services, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), and electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Treatment for cognitive impairments integrates behavioral interventions, medication evaluation and management, and group therapy in an effort to rapidly stabilize patients. This approach is personalized to each patient to maximize cognitive and emotional functioning and thus enhance quality of life. For other psychiatric diagnoses, treatment is tailored to meet the needs of each patient with the goal of providing diagnostic clarification, symptom relief, patient and family education, development of an aftercare plan, and strategies to enhance quality of life.
Research into causes, cures, and symptom reduction is a crucial aspect of older adult care. Our programs utilize care models and treatments based on clinical and neuroscience research, including cutting-edge studies conducted by investigators in McLean’s Geriatric Psychiatry Clinical Research Program. Our research is exploring ways to slow down disease progression of Alzheimer’s disease, potential treatments for behavioral complications of Alzheimer’s dementia (such as agitation, anxiety, sleep disorders, and mood disturbance), as well as aspects of depression and bipolar disorder, memory loss, and more. Patients may be asked to join in our studies as research subjects. Study participation is voluntary, and declining does not affect access to care.
Our inpatient services are located on McLean’s Belmont campus in South Belknap. The programs have comfortable bedrooms and ample common areas for group therapy and leisure. Patients have access to regular fitness activities. This setting offers a pleasant, peaceful environment that enables patients to focus on improving their mental health.