Senior Behavioral Health Inpatient Care

Watertown Regional Medical Center’s Senior Behavioral Health Unit provides individualized care for adults 65 and older who are suffering from acute symptoms associated with a major mental health illness.  This could include clinical depression, anxiety disorders, psychiatric and medical issues related to dementia, acute psychosis and altered mental state or bi-polar illness. Inpatient hospitalization offers stabilization and treatment for those experiencing serious behavioral or mental changes.  The average stay for our patients is 10-12 days.

The 16-bed unit provides a confidential and supportive atmosphere, where patients receive care that is individualized to their needs. Because we are a hospital-based facility, we can manage complex patients who may be dealing with chronic medical conditions as well as mental health issues. 

Patients admitted to our Senior Behavioral Health Unit will receive an psychiatric evaluation to help determine the possible causes of the behavioral and mental changes. We will also check for any underlying medical issues that may contribute to behavioral changes. We will then work with the patient, family and other health professionals to develop a course of treatment that best meets the needs of the individual. 

Using an interdisciplinary approach, treatment includes individual meetings with a psychiatrist, as well as group therapy to assist with emotional, mental, physical and medication needs. Our nurses, psychiatrist, counselors, recreational therapist and social worker can help with all aspects of a person’s life. 

Comprehensive Care 

Our program offers:

  • A comprehensive psychiatric evaluation
  • A thorough medical history and physical exam
  • 24-hour nursing and medical support
  • Medication management and education
  • Individualized treatment planning
  • Diagnostic testing
  • Family support and education
  • Basic life skills enhancement
  • Recreational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Individual and group therapy
  • Referral and follow-up services
  • Seamless counseling services through Directions Counseling Center 

Family Plays An Important Role 

When one person in the family suffers from a mental or emotional illness, everyone else in the family is affected. Admission to a psychiatric treatment center is understandably traumatic, and can be especially so for older adults. Stresses and strains in relationships are intensified. 

We understand this and encourage family members to express their feelings and learn new ways to cope with the frustrations. We encourage them to participate in their loved one’s treatment process. 

Visiting Hours 

10:45 AM-11:30AM and 6:00PM to 7:00PM


Admissions are accepted 24 hours a day. Physicians, psychologists, social workers, mental health professionals, social service agencies, family members or friends may make referrals. The decision regarding admission is made by the Senior Behavioral Health Unit’s Medical Director. 

Patients need to be voluntary, or involuntary on a case by case basis – please contact to discuss these specific situations.  Patients should be medically stable and able to participate in program activities.

To Make A Referral or For More Information 

Our staff is available 24 hours a day. All information is completely confidential. To make a referral or for more information please call: 920-262-4460.