• Affiliated With

    • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
    • MassGeneral Hospital for Children
    • Harvard Medical School Teaching Hospital

Information for Caregivers

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

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 caregivers understand the underlying causes of mental health issues and begin treatment. Most patients stay with us up to 10 days, depending on their needs.

Common reasons patients come to us:

  • 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 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.

Testimonials

“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

    Contact Us

  • Geriatric Psychiatry Specialty Unit

    CHA Whidden Hospital Campus | Lewis 2 103 Garland Street Everett, MA 02149
    P: (617) 394-7774 F: (617) 394-7785
  • Make a Referral

    CHA Central Intake P: (617) 665-1372