As people age, they face physical, emotional and social changes that can be difficult to manage, even with the dedicated support of family and friends. Elderly patients experience many changes in their lives that make them more vulnerable to illness, particularly depression. Often the lines are not clear as to whether the patient’s problem is depression, dementia or a medical illness presenting as a behavioral disorder.
Within the RWJBarnabas Health Behavioral Health Network, our compassionate teams of geriatric psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, clinical social workers and complementary therapists work together with our elderly patients and their families to achieve the best outcomes.
Our New Jersey facilities offer a full range of inpatient and outpatient mental health services for geriatric patients. Treatments vary depending on the severity of the problems, but include psychotherapy, medication, home health care, outpatient programs structured to maintain a high level of independence, and hospitalization providing a structured therapeutic approach in an appropriate setting.
Access Center offers 24-hour support and consulting services to help you find the best behavioral health care in New Jersey. For more information or to make an appointment, call 800-300-0628.
Learn more about our geriatric behavioral health services below.
Geriatric Behavioral Health Services at Clara Maas Medical Center – Belleville, NJ
The Geriatric and Adult Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit at Clara Maass Medical Center (CMMC) offers a range of comprehensive, high-quality inpatient behavioral health services that meet the needs of the growing population of individuals age 65 and older who struggle with mental health issues. Our multidisciplinary team develops exclusive treatment plans to help stabilize older adults suffering from behavioral problems related to dementia, depression, severe anxiety, bipolar disorder and psychotic illness.
Located on-site at CMMC in the Continuing Care Building, the 22-bed voluntary inpatient unit complements the Medical Center’s existing 20-bed inpatient behavioral health unit. Services include:
- Intensive, patient-centered behavioral health services led by a board-certified geropsychiatrist
- Comprehensive psychiatric evaluation
- Individual treatment
- One-to-one intervention
- Psychiatric treatment management
- Individual, group and family therapy
- Grief and loss counseling
- Behavioral health education
- Creative arts and recreational therapy
- Treatment with pets
Geriatric Behavioral Health Services at Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center – Toms River, NJ
Hospital and outpatient care
As a leader in mental health and substance abuse treatment in New Jersey, Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center (BHBHC) offers clients, their families and caregivers unparalleled access to a full continuum of behavioral health services, including , which are specifically aimed at geriatric psychiatric care. From short-term psychiatric care to ongoing support, we provide a comprehensive range of mental and behavioral health programs designed for older adults. Our services include:
- 24-hour crisis intervention and emergency psychiatric examinations
- inpatient geriatric psychiatric care
- partial hospitalization programs
- intensive outpatient consultations
- outpatient services
S-COPE – Trinitas Regional Medical Center State Clinical Geriatric Outreach Program – Elizabeth, NJ
Outpatient care for long-term care settings
S-COPE is a community-based program funded by grants through the New Jersey Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and administered by Trinitas Regional Medical Center. S-COPE provides crisis response, counseling, and training to manage psychiatric and behavioral problems for older adults living in long-term care facilities. Services are provided by a multidisciplinary team consisting of a geriatric psychiatrist, geriatric advanced practice nurse, registered nurse, licensed social worker, and master’s level clinicians. All services are free.
S-COPE services are available from screening centers, psychiatric hospital wards, and long-term care facilities. For more information, call
855-718-2699 24 hours a day 7 days a week.