Geriatric Services

At Tucker Pavilion at Chippenham Hospital, our team for senior mental health care includes professionals ranging from doctors, nurses and mental health technicians to social workers, recreational therapists and dietitians.

Inpatient Care

Caregivers, friends or family of someone aged 65 or over with emotional or behavioral issues who may endanger themselves or others can request a referral to the program at Tucker Pavilion to receive immediate short-term stabilization in a calming, reassuring inpatient setting.

We treat the following conditions:

  • Depression with feelings of hopelessness or suicide, inability to care for oneself
  • Anxiety causing constant fear, paralyzing worries or panic attacks
  • Severe disorientation or memory impairment
  • Inability to maintain adequate nutrition, which may threaten life or vital body functions
  • Threatening thoughts or assaultive behaviors toward others
  • Unusual or bizarre behavior with illogical thoughts or beliefs
  • Emotional issues occurring with substance abuse or medical issues
  • Inability to maintain psychiatric stabilization through outpatient treatment
  • Any appropriate diagnosis in the 65-and-over population

Components of treatment include:

  • Crisis intervention
  • Psychiatric triage, evaluation and differential diagnosis
  • Medication stabilization
  • Family therapy and education
  • Activity therapy
  • Coping skills training
  • Discharge planning
  • Outpatient follow-up

Telephone Calls and Visitation Guidelines

Family and friends are an important part of stabilization. Patients may make/receive calls during visitation times following therapeutic activities. Please limit visitors to two at a time to afford staff dedicated time to assist with questions/needs.

Geriatric Visitation
Mon - Fri: 12:00pm – 2:00pm and 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Weekends / Holidays: 12:00pm – 2:00pm and 6:00pm – 8:00pm

24-Hour Behavioral Health Access Line: (804) 483-0050