Compassionate Care for Senior Mental Health Concerns

Geriatric Behavioral Health

Just as seniors need health care that is specific to their needs in this phase of their lives, they also can benefit from elderly mental health services provided by geriatric behavioral health experts. Seniors may experience anxiety, depression, or other behavioral conditions that are unique to their life experiences, such as the loss of independence, death of a spouse, or moving out of their own home. Physical health issues, such as diabetes or chronic heart disease, also may trigger mental health conditions, such as depression.

Outpatient Geriatric Behavioral Health Services

Penn Highlands Healthcare offers behavioral health services for adults age 55 and over at Penn Highlands Brookville, Penn Highlands Clearfield, and Penn Highlands Elk. Our teams specialize in assessing and treating elderly mental health patients. On an outpatient basis, we offer psychiatric evaluation, medication management, psychological assessment, and individual and family psychotherapy. Our team consists of psychiatrists, psychologists, physician assistants, licensed clinical social workers, and licensed professional counselors who have experience in diagnosing and treating mental health conditions in seniors.

Inpatient Elderly Mental Health Services

Penn Highlands Healthcare provides inpatient behavioral health services for geriatric patients, who sometimes face complex, profound life changes that can cause emotional breakdowns, especially when combined with physical health problems. Our teams at Penn Highlands Brookville, Penn Highlands Clearfield, and Penn Highlands Elk offer specialized treatment of psychiatric disorders experienced by older adults. That treatment may include intensive psychotherapies, nursing, and educational services, which aim to re-establish emotional and cognitive stability, enhance self-confidence, and instill and reinforce coping capabilities. We work with each patient to initiate a post-hospital care plan that will allow them to complete and sustain recovery.

There are units at three of our locations dedicated to this specialized type of behavioral care. Each offers a 10-bed psychiatric inpatient unit that specializes in treating emotional and behavioral difficulties experienced by individuals 55 years and older, including major depression, grief and loss, compulsive disorders, hallucinations and delusions, suicidal threats or actions, schizophrenia, excessive fears and anxiety, and behavior problems associated with dementia. The programs are focused on wellness and therapeutic activities offered in a calm and quiet home-like environment. The dedicated staff ensures that patients receive the highest quality care for both their medical and mental health needs.

Services include, but are not limited to:

  • Psychiatric assessment and stabilization
  • Medication evaluation, management and education
  • Multidisciplinary treatment planning
  • Coordination of care with other providers
  • Psychological testing
  • Exercise, nutrition, and wellness education
  • Leisure and recreational therapeutic activities
  • Individual and group therapy
  • 24-hour nursing care
  • Family and patient education and support
  • Case management and placement services
  • Discharge planning and referrals

Learn more about each of the units by calling or downloading a brochure.

Senior Transitions Unit at Penn Highlands Brookville
Call 814-849-1850 or 814-849-1844 or download the Senior Transitions Unit brochure to learn more, located in the resources sidebar.

Bright Horizons Center for Emotional Wellness at Penn Highlands Clearfield
Call 814-768-2184 or download the Bright Horizons Center brochure to learn more, located in the resources sidebar.

Generations Unit at Penn Highlands Elk
Call 814-788-8876 or download the Generations Unit brochure to learn more, located in the resources sidebar.

Obtaining Elderly Behavioral Health Services

If you are interested in obtaining outpatient mental health care for yourself or a loved one, start by talking to your doctor. You also can call the Penn Highlands location most convenient to you for information and to schedule an assessment.

Referrals for inpatient behavioral health services for adults 55+ can be made 24 hours a day by individuals, family members, friends, agencies, hospitals, clergy and physicians. Comprehensive face-to-face assessments also are provided by trained mental health staff via the Emergency Department at Penn Highlands DuBois for inpatient placement or outpatient services referral.

Geriatric Behavioral Health at Penn Highlands
Care for those age 55 and older is available at the Senior Transitions Unit at Penn Highlands Brookville. The Senior Transitions Unit is a10-bed geropsychiatric inpatient unit specializing in the treatment of emotional and behavioral difficulties often experienced by individuals 55 years and older.

Referrals are accepted 24 hours a day.

Penn Highlands Brookville

100 Hospital Road
Brookville, PA 15825
814-849-2312
Care for those age 55 and older is available at Bright Horizons at Penn Highlands Clearfield. Bright Horizons is a10-bed geropsychiatric inpatient unit specializing in the treatment of emotional and behavioral difficulties often experienced by individuals 55 years and older.

Referrals are accepted 24 hours a day.

Penn Highlands Clearfield

809 Turnpike Avenue
Clearfield, PA 16830
814-765-5341

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Care for those age 55 and older is available at the Generations Unit at Penn Highlands Elk. Generations is a 10-bed geropsychiatric inpatient unit specializing in the treatment of emotional and behavioral difficulties often experienced by individuals 55 years and older.

Referrals are accepted 24 hours a day.

Penn Highlands Elk

763 Johnsonburg Road
St. Marys, PA 15857
814-788-8000

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Conditions We Treat

Anxiety
Bipolar Disorder
Compulsive Disorders
Confusion/Mental Status Changes
Dangerous Behaviors/Acting Out
Delusional Thoughts
Dementia
Difficult Behaviors
Hallucinations
Paranoia
Schizophrenia
Seasonal Affective Disorder
Stress
Suicidal Thoughts/Actions

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