Older Adult Unit

Older adults often have complex needs and experience physical and lifestyle changes that can adversely affect their emotional wellbeing. Psychiatric and behavioral concerns, combined with complex medical issues that often accompany the aging process, can make the diagnosis, care and treatment of seniors challenging. As one of the first specialized programs in the country for this population, Friends Hospital has been meeting the behavioral health needs of older adults for more than 30 years. At Friends Hospital, we begin the journey to wellness and recovery by identifying and understanding the problems unique to this population.

Treatment Team

The experts at Friends Hospital work together as an interdisciplinary team to treat a broad range of psychiatric problems associated with aging. Age-sensitive treatment and discharge planning assist our patients to regain a sense of independence and help preserve their quality of life. The Older Adult treatment team, comprised of a psychiatrist, registered nurses, psychologists, social workers, expressive arts therapists, certified addiction counselors and other mental health professionals, understands the physical and social stressors that affect older adults. Each patient is an integral member of the team and participates in developing individual goals for healthy living. Families receive education so that they are able to support their loved ones on their personal journey to wellness.

Program Highlights

  • A dedicated treatment program specifically designed for older adults
  • Private bedrooms with unit access to an enclosed outside courtyard
  • Treatment for all major psychiatric disorders, including behavioral symptoms related to dementia
  • Treatment for co-occurring substance issues
  • Holistic and patient-centered approach, including individual, group and family therapy
  • Age sensitive, individualized treatment, wellness, safety and discharge plans