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Older Adult Behavioral Health Center

“Bring Back the Music”

If there is an older adult in your life whose behavior is striking a strange chord, he or she may be displaying more than the normal signs of aging. Is your loved one…

  • often sad, crying, anxious, sluggish and without energy?
  • thinking unclearly and easily lost or confused?
  • withdrawn from family or friends?
  • showing inappropriate aggressive behavior?
  • having trouble with sleeping or with poor eating habits?
  • unable or unwilling to complete necessary tasks they used to do?
  • having difficulties with current medication?
  • complaining of aches and pains that don’t respond to treatments?

If so, he or she may need professional help to return to normal living.

The Older Adult Behavioral Health Center provides a warm, gentle environment for the individualized needs of an older person. We recognize that people over the age of 55 are dealing with issues that are very different from those that are younger in age. Many are dealing with the loss of a spouse, loved ones, or friends. They may have limited mobility, chronic health problems or illnesses such as Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease, which alter their ability to think clearly.

These patients require different types of care and therapies than younger adults with mental health needs. Because older persons needs are different, the environment in which they are cared for should also be different and tailored to meet their unique needs.

Inpatient Care Team and Structure

A 16-bed unit located on the Palmerton campus, our inpatient program is designed to provide a caring and supportive environment that meets the individual needs of older adults. The program represents a shift in focus to serve the mental needs as well as the physical needs of the patient.

A team of healthcare professionals—including psychiatrists, physicians, social workers, nurses, activity therapists, pyschotherapists and counselors—all specialize in geriatric care provides care for patients admitted to the Older Adult Behavioral Health Center. Professionals from other departments of the Palmerton campus, such as rehabilitation services, are also available as needed.

Referrals and Insurance

Admission into the program may be made 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by the patient, a patient’s family, physician, or other healthcare professionals by calling 610-826-1340.

Conditions for which patients typically are admitted include:

  • depression
  • anxiety disorders
  • obsessive/compulsive disorders
  • combativeness or violence against themselves or others
  • early stages of dementia caused by an illness such as Alzheimer’s
  • disease.

Medicare and most other insurances policies cover services for patients admitted to the program. Our program director will assist you with any questions you may have.

To schedule an assessment or obtain additional information, please call 610-826-1340.

  • Hospital Locations

    The hospitals of the Blue Mountain Health System provide a wide array of services at both the Gnaden Huetten and the Palmerton campuses.

    Palmerton Campus

    135 Lafayette Avenue Palmerton , PA 18071
    610-826-3141

    Gnaden Huetten Campus

    2ll North 12 th Street Lehighton , PA 18235
    610-377-1300