Geriatric Psychiatry Services

Acute and sub-acute inpatient units provide geriatric patients, who are deemed to be a danger to themselves or others, a safe and secure environment managed by a multidisciplinary team of geriatric psychiatrists, nurses, social workers, and recreational and occupational therapists. Each patient’s individualized treatment plan includes group, family, recreational, and occupational skills groups. Discharge planning begins on admission and establishes an effective treatment plan and support after discharge from the Medical Center. Long term care services are also available at Bergen New Bridge Medical Center should the need present itself. For more information, contact the Access Center for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services at 1.800.730.2762.

ECT for the Geriatric Population

Bergen New Bridge Medical Center has one of the few geropsychiatry units in the state. This expertise has been expanded to include ECT. As the population in the United States is aging, the use of ECT in elderly patients, those 65 and older, is becoming an increasingly important clinical option. ECT is usually considered after other treatment options, such as medication and psychotherapy, have failed. It is recommended for severe, treatment-resistant depression but is occasionally used to treat other mental health issues, such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, as well. It also may be used in life-threatening circumstances, such as when a patient is unable to move or respond to the outside world (catatonia), is suicidal, or is malnourished and neglecting self-care as a result of severe depression. BNBMC provides inpatient maintenance ECT treatment. For more information, call the following: Asghar Hossain, MD DFAPA Chief, Geriatric Psychiatry and ECT Services Behavioral Health Services Bergen New Bridge Medical Center 201.967.4000 ext. 5425.

Call the Access Center for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. Operators are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Access Center assessments are free and confidential.


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