Behavioral Health Care for Older Adults
When Frisbie Memorial Hospital opened its Geriatric Psychiatry unit in 1984, it was the first and only hospital-based program at the time dedicated to care for patients age 65 years and older with mental and behavioral health issues in New England. Since then, the hospital has expanded its geriatric psychiatry inpatient program, doubling in size the number of inpatient beds. The program also provides services to patients living in local nursing homes including psychiatric evaluations, consultations, and medication management.
Evaluating geriatric patients in the outpatient setting
The evaluation process involves a meeting between the geriatric psychiatrists/nurse practitioners and the patient to discuss symptoms, review medical/psychosocial history, and conduct basic cognitive testing.
Diagnosing mental and behavioral health of patients
The information gathered from the evaluation will help to establish a diagnosis and guide the treatment plan. Depending on the diagnosis a variety of interventions/treatments may be prescribed.
Treating patients for depression and other mental health issues
Treatment plans will always be unique to the patient and are designed to improve the quality of life to the extent possible. Treatments may include the prescribing of medication, psychotherapy, and/or electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). If deemed appropriate, providers may refer patients to additional psychosocial services.
Frisbie Memorial Hospital
11 Whitehall Road
Rochester, NH 03867