The Heritage Trail Older Adult Unit

The Heritage Trail Older Adult Unit

Aging brings on many challenges. Decreased physical and mental capabilities, the loss of loved ones and reduced independence can mean significant changes in the lives of seniors. A sudden or prolonged change in behavior or mood may indicate a presence of mental illness. Sometimes, specialized care is needed and that’s where Haven can help.

Senior patients experiencing acute changes in mental status or behavioral problems may be admitted to the inpatient unit, where they are assessed by an interdisciplinary team of professionals. Patients are medically cleared prior to admission to the program. A case manager will monitor the patient’s progress and ensure that the patient receives a customized plan for treatment of their mental illness to stabilize their condition.

Senior adult patients receive personalized treatment for their mental health illnesses to stabilize their condition. The goal of inpatient care is to return our patients to their best possible level of health so they may continue to be treated safely as an outpatient.

The program’s aim is to provide comprehensive treatment options to older adults with long-standing or newly diagnosed mental illnesses such as anxiety, bipolar disorder, chemical dependency, depression and dementia. All treatment services are provided by an interdisciplinary team, including board-certified psychiatrists with special qualifications in geriatric psychiatry, a clinical psychologist, social workers, nursing staff, and activity therapists, all with expertise and experience in treating older adults.

The unit is a 20-bed; smoke-free unit designed for older adults with general psychiatric issues including depression and mild memory issues. An interdisciplinary team experienced in elderly psychiatric treatment collaborates to help return patients in the geriatric psychiatry unit to their best possible state of health. Patients will work closely with their nurses including in the discussion of patient and group activities.

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The Heritage Trail Older Adult Unit at Haven is designed to treat acute mental health disorders in adults age 55 and over. Confidentiality is of the utmost importance. Personalized treatment is provided utilizing a multidisciplinary approach, including active participation in group therapy, individual therapy and activity therapy. Patients and families receive education on specific disorders, medications and effective coping strategies.

Our treatment team consists of a psychiatry director, medical director, psychologist, pharmacist, psychiatric nurses, psychiatric social worker, clinical dietitian and a recreation therapist. The treatment team works together to formulate and implement an individualized treatment plan.

Communication with the primary physician happens before, during and after treatment. Discharge planning is coordinated with regard to individual needs, with follow-up services as appropriate.

Services Offered Include:

Comprehensive Psychiatric Assessment, Medication Management & Education, Individual, Group and Family Psychotherapy, Expressive Therapies, Symptom Management, Discharge & Aftercare Planning, Nutritional Consultation, Individualized Treatment Plan, Family Participation, Therapeutic Exercise/Stress Reduction, Art & Expressive Therapy and Pastoral Counseling.


To make a referral to The Heritage Trail Older Adult Unit, call 610-406-4346.

Older Adult Inpatient Services at Haven Behavioral Hospital of Eastern Pennsylvania
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Older Adult Inpatient Services at Haven Behavioral Hospital of Eastern Pennsylvania
Older Adult Inpatient Services at Haven Behavioral Hospital of Eastern Pennsylvania