The Haven Difference

Haven provides specialized care in a setting that is tailored to meet the unique needs of our patients. We believe the inpatient program should maintain a separate area for adults and another area for older adults.  The program is then able to focus exclusively on the unique behavioral health needs and complex medical issues which are most common with each age population.

Programming for Older Adults

Haven’s Heritage Trail Older Adult Unit provides programming to meet the needs of the older people. This population is often dealing with psychiatric conditions as well as complex medical conditions associated with aging. Each program has two different levels of programming. One level is designed for adults who are dealing with depression, anxiety and symptoms that are shown to benefit from treatments such as cognitive behavioral therapy. Our social workers and activity therapy staff work to help the patient learn or improve their coping skills, understand the symptoms and triggers of their anxiety and depression, as well as learn the value of interacting with others. Programming includes topics such as exercise, nutrition, medication groups, stress management, loss and grief counseling.



For those patients who are experiencing decreases in cognitive functioning, the programming is geared toward stimulating memories and reducing anxieties. Reminiscence and Sensory Stimulation therapies have been shown to improve memory as well as to reduce anxieties. The Reminiscence therapy groups are designed to get the patient to interact with the staff and their peers. Long term memories are the last to go, so watching age appropriate movies, talking about life experiences such as a first car, first date, what was happening in a particular period, will engage most of the patients in discussion.

With Sensory stimulation, the therapists are helping the patient to unlock memories that may be related to certain smells, textures and/or sounds. Listening to age appropriate music for an exercise group or just having music playing in a designated room can often help to calming patients who are agitated. Videos of aquariums, snow, rain, etc., have also been documented as having significant positive outcomes in reducing patient agitation and anxiety.

Programming for Adults

For the younger adult population, Haven’s Pagoda and Tower Units offer 24-hour-a-day intensive treatment for patients with acute psychiatric disorders and cognitive impairment. People in an acute psychiatric crisis urgently require a safe environment, a structured and supportive social milieu, and intensive psychiatric and physiological therapeutic intervention. The Program combines these elements into a unique and effective treatment program. Every aspect of unit life is intended to assist patients in achieving their optimal level of functioning.

This unit’s physical design provides a safe and appropriately sensory stimulating environment for all patients and space for therapeutic and recreational activities. The Program is furnished to provide a comfortable atmosphere and to encourage interaction among patients and staff.

Programming for Acute Partial Hospitalization

The Acute Partial Hospitalization Program provides a structured supportive therapeutic environment for patients transitioning from inpatient psychiatric treatment or needing a more intensive level of care than outpatient therapy. Partial Hospitalization helps patients safely manage their behavioral health needs on an intensive outpatient basis and assists them with reducing and resolving psychiatric symptoms in a safe treatment environment.

Patients receive the intensity and close supervision associated with hospital care while remaining in the community among friends, family and support system. Our staff is prepared to work with clients who are in the process of recovering from an acute psychiatric illness. Clients may need close monitoring for medication compliance, or a diversion from inpatient treatment.

Medication Management

Our psychiatrists, along with our internal medicine physicians, understand that each patient may respond differently to medications. Often medications prescribed for medical conditions can exacerbate and/or result in behavioral symptoms. Our physicians and nursing staff work as a team to refine the patient’s medication regimen to most appropriately address both the psychiatric and medical needs for each patient.

Family Involvement

Family involvement is a very important part of treatment. Whether a loved one is dealing with depression or a dementing diagnosis, it is important that the family also receive support and education. We encourage family visitation on a regular basis, and our social work team provides family throughout the course of treatment. Some of the common topics that families review in treatment include; medication management, understanding the phases of the illness, understanding ways to handle behaviors in the home, as well as dealing with the emotions associated with having to place a parent in a higher level of care.

Individualized Care

We recognize that no two patients are exactly alike. Our treatment team works closely with the patient, family and/or caretakers in developing the best plan of care for the patient.

A sudden or prolonged change in behavior or mood may indicate the presence of mental illness. Sometimes specialized care is needed, and that’s where Haven Behavioral Hospital of Eastern Pennsylvania can help.


Haven Behavioral Hospital of Eastern Pennsylvania Difference
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Haven Behavioral Hospital of Eastern Pennsylvania Difference
Haven Behavioral Hospital of Eastern Pennsylvania Difference