Geriatric Psychiatric 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, 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.
For more information, contact the Access Center for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services at 1.800.730.BRMC.
Bergen Regional Medical Center has one of the few geropsychiatry units in the state. This expertise has been expanded to include ECT.
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.
BRMC provides inpatient and outpatient maintenance ECT treatment. Download a brochure.
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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.