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Compassionate short-term psychiatric care for patients 55 and older

Sharon Hospital's newly renovated Senior Behavioral Health Unit offers psychiatric care designed to meet the specific needs of geriatric patients (55 years and older). Our unit provides acute care for short-term stays with a goal of returning patients to their optimal level of functioning outside of the hospital. Many of our patients have not had any prior mental health issues before coming to our program; their admission may be a result of factors relating to the aging process. Others have been living much of their lives with psychiatric conditions, which can be  exacerbated as they grow older.

If you or someone you love is experiencing any of the following symptoms, you can feel confident that the in-patient Senior Behavioral Health Unit at Sharon Hospital is here to provide a caring and supportive experience:

  • Attempts or threats of suicide
  • Changes in sleeping patterns
  • Confusion, disorientation and memory changes
  • Inability to care for self at home
  • Abrupt changes in behavior
  • Isolation and withdrawal from friends and family
  • Inability to concentrate or sudden decrease in intellectual functioning
  • Expressions of helplessness/hopelessness
  • Impaired understanding of reality, such as seeing or hearing things that no one else sees or hears
  • Abuse of drugs, medication or alcohol
  • Difficulty with impulse control
  • Uncharacteristic anger, irritability, agitation and increased or decreased appetite

Senior Behavioral Health services begin with a comprehensive assessment by Senior Behavioral Health team members. Typically, staff will start by discussing the patient's concerns and questions. We also understand the interest and concerns of a patient's family, and our team will work with the patient's loved ones when possible to fully understand circumstances that led to the current hospital admission request.

Patient care is delivered by a team of medical professionals:

  • Medical director Sabooh Mubbashar, MD, is a psychiatrist specializing in management of psychiatric symptoms. He will supervise all aspects of care, including managing the patient's medication, ordering necessary consultations and testing, and determining discharge.
  • The nursing staff is composed of specially trained registered nurses who partner with our certified nursing assistants to provide daily, high-quality patient care. They strive to ensure the patient receives treatment in a safe and therapeutic environment.
  • Licensed clinical social workers team with the patient to offer coping strategies while providing unconditional emotional support for the patient and the family. Additionally, they facilitate a group program and offer education resources. Social workers have the primary responsibility to set up discharge plans designed for the patient to have maximum success after leaving the facility.
  • Activities therapists provide experiential programs that address the leisure needs of the patient. Our activities program includes a leading-edge dementia program called "Music and Memory," which uses music from the patient's past as a way of connecting and bringing moments of pleasure and clarity. Other musical offerings are available as well.

The Senior Behavioral Health Unit also offers pet therapy and access to clergy for spiritual support.

The decision to pursue psychiatric treatment may be difficult, but our dedicated team is here to provide the compassionate support and intervention needed for a healthier future.

For more information, please call (860) 364-4288, TTY/Accessibility: (800) 842-9710.