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Information for Caregivers

As we get older, many adults experience changes to their mental health. These changes are often gradual, but sometimes occur very quickly due to major medical events like strokes or underlying health issues. As a result, older adults sometime have severe personality changes, new behaviors, or confusion, making it hard for them to function in their lives.

If your loved one has these challenges, CHA is here to help.

About the Unit

The CHA Geriatric Psychiatry Specialty Unit is a safe, secure setting for older adults 55 and older with acute mental health needs.

Our goal is to help families and our colleagues understand the underlying causes of mental health issues and begin a treatment plan. Most patients stay with us up to 10 days, depending on their needs.

Some common reasons patients come to us include:

  • Agitation/aggression
  • Severe anxiety
  • Dementia, confusion, or severe memory loss
  • Loss of self care skills
  • Major depression
  • Suicidal thoughts or behaviors
  • Other major mental illness

What to expect

We understand that your number one goal is the health of your loved one. That’s why we work closely with family or caregivers. Some of the services we provide you and your loved one include:

  • Education about health needs, including medications
  • Social interaction through group activities
  • Coordinated care on discharge

Family Involvement & Visiting Hours

Please talk to us about care and treatment decisions and ask us any questions you have.

Visitors are welcome to spend time with our patients during their hospital stay. The recommended visiting hours are from 1:00 – 2:00 pm and 5:00 – 7:00 pm. However, visits at other times can be accommodated as needed.


Admission to the Geriatric Psychiatry Specialty Unit (GPSU)

All patients initially arrive at the emergency room at the CHA Whidden Hospital Campus to begin the admission process. We often coordinate directly with nursing homes and assisted living facilities to bring the patient to the hospital.

When patients arrive they are evaluated by a clinician to understand their specific needs. If a patient would benefit from a short term stay, they are brought to our unit and a personalized treatment plan is created.


What to Bring

We suggest bringing a 3 day supply of comfortable clothes. Laundry services are provided.

Contact Us

Geriatric Psychiatry Specialty Unit
CHA Whidden Hospital Campus, Lewis 2
103 Garland Street
Everett, MA 02149

Make a Referral
CHA Central Intake: 617-665-1372

Contact the Unit
Phone: 617-394-7774
Fax: 617-394-7785

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“I found that all I had to do was ask and they were very helpful. Lots of answers. Lots of awareness and understanding. I would never hesitate to return if need be.- Patient from Cambridge, MA

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