Behavioral Health at Morton Hospital

Morton Hospital Behavioral Health

Morton Hospital’s behavioral health service program is dedicated to helping older adults by providing a full range of inpatient treatment options. Our comprehensive services focus on treating the individual to help them restore balance and a sense of well-being in their lives.

The general hospital setting also offers many other advantages toward a complete plan of care and makes it possible to address any medical problems that may accompany a patient’s mental health. Our behavioral health services include:

Inpatient Elder Behavioral Health Services

Morton Hospital’s Elder Behavioral Health Services (EBHS) provides a multidisciplinary, integrative approach for treating older adults, age 55 and over, with behavioral, psychiatric or neuropsychiatric difficulties that require hospitalization. EBHS is a secure 14-bed inpatient psychiatric program, which offers rapid assessment and focused intervention in a short-term setting while assuring coordinated and timely communication among treatment providers and referral sources. Our two on-staff psychiatrists collectively have more than 30 years of experience in geriatric psychiatry and are board certified in psychiatry and neurology.

Our goal is to help the patient through crisis toward their optimal level of mental health and activities of daily living. EBHS offers a comforting, structured environment with daily programming and the highest quality of service and professionalism in order to help our patients achieve their maximum level of functioning and life satisfaction. Our staff is trained in de-escalation techniques to avoid the use of restraints whenever possible. Additionally, our complementary therapy program incorporates therapeutic and healing touch (hand massage, back and shoulder massage), as well as aromatherapy, energy therapy, music and other holistic methods of care. We accept referrals from doctors, clinical social workers and family members.

Psychiatric Consultative Services

Morton Hospital’s Elder Behavioral Health Services psychiatrists also provide psychiatric consultation services for hospital patients, independent of their role at the EBHS. Consultation to the intensive care, medical, surgical, pediatric, maternity and rehabilitation units can be initiated upon the request of the patient’s attending physician. Indications for a specialty consult include unremitting depression, psychosis, threats to harm self or others, agitation, confusion, mania and other acute changes in patient behavior.

Elder Behavior Health Services
Morton Hospital
88 Washington Street
Taunton, MA 02780

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