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Behavioral Health Inpatient Unit

We all hope our family members will enjoy "the golden years." But, as individuals age, they experience the loss of loved ones, and the stresses that go with losing physical and mental abilities. A changing lifestyle and increased physical challenges can lead to sadness and withdrawal. However, persistent personality changes or unusual behavior may indicate your loved one is suffering from an emotional illness, such as depression.

The inpatient Behavioral Health unit, located on the 5th floor of Finley Hospital, provides psychiatric services to individuals age 55 and older who are experiencing mental health issues. The services include 24-hour emergency hospital-based care as well as outpatient support services. Referrals can be made by anyone and free assessments are done professionally and confidentially. The center is designed to meet the needs of elderly adults and provides a unique atmosphere of comfortable and peaceful care by highly trained professionals.

Finley's Behavioral Health unit has been serving the Tri-State area for over 10 years. Individuals 55 and older are treated for a range of disorders such as anxiety, depression, thought disorders, dementia with behavioral disturbance and other mental health disorders.

Our Inpatient Services Include:

  • Psychiatric and physical assessment
  • Diagnostic testing
  • 24-hour nursing and on-site medical support
  • Individualized treatment planning
  • Individual and group therapy
  • Medication management and education
  • Basic life skills enhancement
  • Motor skill development
  • Occupational/physical therapy
  • Recreational/activity therapy
  • Family education and support
  • Placement assistance
  • Referral for follow-up services 

Upon Admission

Patients and families find a unique behavioral health care program in an environment specially designed to meet the needs of older adults. The atmosphere is calm, caring, and very supportive. Each patient participates to the extent of his or her ability in the therapeutic, recreational and social activities under the direction of a psychiatrist and social worker. Families and care takers are encouraged to participate in every aspect of a patient's recovery. Care conferences are held following admission and prior to discharge, in order to best help everyone involved to have a clearer understanding of what is needed for continued recovery.

Philosophy of Care

Our philosophy is a multidisciplinary team approach including psychiatrists, your primary care physician or a hospitalist, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, master level social workers, registered nurses, recreation therapists, and mental health technicians.  Because the Behavioral Health unit is part of Finley Hospital, our patients also have access to a wide array of other services such as physical, occupational and speech therapy. The unit takes a holistic approach to their care looking at mental health issues, medical problems, nutrition, leisure skills, spirituality, therapy needs, patient and family education and others. Our care is geared towards the patient and individualized to meet the patient's needs.

Learning About Mental Health

The Behavioral Health unit also provides education to the community and surrounding areas. It has several professionals that can provide education to groups or individuals. We present on a variety of mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety, dementia and others depending on your needs. We also provide free assessments for patients and families that think they may need assistance with mental wellness.