Sharon Hospital’s newly renovated, Senior Behavioral Health Unit, is a psychiatric service designed to meet the specific needs of geriatric patients (55 years and older). Our unit is an acute care, short term program with a goal of returning patients to their optimal level of functioning outside of the hospital, through an intensive, structured program. Many of our patients may not have had any prior mental health issues before coming to our program, and their admission may be a result of factors relating to the aging process, while others have been living much of their lives with psychiatric conditions that become exacerbated with the onset of aging.

Patient care is directed by our medical director, Dr. Sabooh Mubbashar, a psychiatrist specializing in management of psychiatric symptoms. He will supervise all aspects of care from managing the patient’s medication, to ordering necessary consultations and testing and determining discharge. Our nursing staff is composed of specialty trained registered nurses, who partner with our certified nursing assistants to provide daily, high-quality patient care. They ensure the patient receives treatment in a safe and therapeutic environment. Our licensed clinical social workers team with the patient to help them cope with their new situations while providing unconditional emotional support. Additionally, they facilitate our group program and offer education and support, not only to the patient, but to the family as well. The social workers have the primary responsibility to set up discharge plans to ensure optimum level of success upon discharge. Our activities therapists provide experiential programs that address the leisure needs of the patient. Currently, through our activities program, we represent the only acute care psychiatric facility to be involved with a new dementia program called, “Music and Memory,” which uses music from our patient’s past as a way of connecting with them and bringing them moments of pleasure. The Senior Behavioral Health program also offers pet therapy, clergy availability and other musical offerings.

If you or someone you love is experiencing any of the following symptoms, please feel confident that the in-patient Senior Behavioral Health program at Sharon Hospital is here to provide a caring and supportive experience. Attempts or threats of suicide, changes in sleeping patterns, confusion, disorientation and memory changes, inability to care for self at home, abrupt changes in behavior, isolation and withdrawal from friends and family, inability to concentrate or sudden decrease in intellectual functioning, expressions of helpless/hopelessness, impaired understanding of reality, seeing or hearing things that no one else sees or hears, abuse of drugs, medication or alcohol, difficulty with impulse control, uncharacteristic anger, irritability or agitation and increased or decreased appetite

Senior Behavioral Health Services begin with a comprehensive assessment by the Senior Behavioral Health team members. Typically, staff will discuss the patient’s concerns and questions. We understand the interest and concerns of a patient’s family and our team will work with a patient’s loved ones when possible to fully understand circumstances that lead to the current hospital admission request.

For more information, please call 860.364.4288.