Senior Health

Geriatric Behavioral Health

What is geriatric behavioral health?

Geriatric Behavioral Health at Baptist Health is an inpatient program for adults 65 and older treating problems such as depression, dementia and behavioral changes. Our goal is to help our elderly continue to live a happy and full life as they age.

What are the symptoms?

  • Eating or sleeping too much or too little
  • Pulling away from people and usual activities
  • Experiencing severe mood swings that cause problems in relationships

If you’ve felt down, sad or hopeless or felt little interest or pleasure in doing things for two weeks straight, talk to your doctor about whether he or she can screen you for depression.

What treatment option is available?

Baptist Health offers comprehensive psychiatric inpatient and outpatient services through a multi-disciplinary team of psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, psychotherapists, social workers, and drug and alcohol counselors among other healthcare professionals, all in one place, all with the goal of helping you restore your life.

The 17-bed inpatient geriatric psychiatry unit offers a small and comfortable environment, supported by group activities, recreational therapy, spiritual enrichment and more led by professional staff. We believe family involvement is very important in maintaining mental health for seniors and we encourage visitation during designated times.

Patient referrals for services may be made by anyone (family member, primary care physician, nursing home staff, pastor, friend, neighbor) and a professional assessment of need will be arranged.

For more information regarding the inpatient geriatric psychiatry program call (501) 202-7501.