Senior Behavioral Health at Haywood Regional Medical Center

A 16 bed unit providing a spectrum of psychiatric and medical care in an environment designed specifically to meet the safety needs for senior adults requiring 24-hour in-patient hospital care.

A multidisciplinary team of clinicians conducts mental, cognitive and medical assessments and develops customized treatment plans for patients. Attending psychiatrists and registered nurses will be on staff as well as mental health technicians, counselors, a psychologist, an activities coordinator and licensed clinical social workers. Program services include providing a safe environment with 24-hour monitoring and supervision, diagnostic services, medication evaluation and treatment, dietary evaluation, group counseling, individual counseling, physical and occupational rehabilitation, recreational therapy, and specialized care coordination with outpatient providers. 

The new Senior Behavioral Health Unit is equipped to facilitate meeting the unique needs of the elderly population, including:

  • the use of medication management to treat complications that come with aging
  • physical impairments that limit mobility and daily living
  • life changes and losses that diminish their financial, social and emotional support systems when they are most needed.

The goal is to stabilize the patient while in the hospital setting and help each patient to determine safe and suitable living options upon discharge. It is not a long-term care facility - the average stay is 14 to 16 days. Senior adults (ages 55 and older) who are considered for treatment at Haywood Regional’s Senior Behavioral Health unit have acuity levels to meet the criteria for an intensive inpatient admission, such as:

  • Sudden onset or increase in confusion, disorientation or memory loss
  • Hallucinations, delusions, and/or paranoia
  • Behavior or verbalization reflecting potential risk of danger to self, others or property
  • Severe depression
  • Suicidal ideation or attempted suicide
  • Assaultive behavior as a result of psychiatric disorder
  • Sudden change in ability to attend to normal daily activities
  • Inability to comply with prescribed psychiatric health regimen
  • Noncompliance with prescribed medical health regimens due to concurrent psychiatric illness
  • Acute onset of inability to cope with stressful situation

Senior Behavioral Health accepts acute-care referrals from physicians, emergency rooms, long term care facilities, and mental health professionals.

For more information, call 828.452.8655