Recently, your mother has changed. She’s always taken good care of
her health, but now she won’t eat the foods she used to love, or get
her hair done at the beauty parlor. She won’t take the medications prescribed
for her high blood pressure. She’s grouchy—and sometimes combative.
Even her favorite grandchild can’t raise a smile. She’s been diagnosed
with severe depression.
You are not sure of your options,
and you’re worried—maybe even
feeling a little guilty. “Oh, no!” you
think. “What do I do now?”
You can call the Psychiatric
Inpatient Program at Bridgeport
Hospital. Here you’ll find caregivers
who are experts in treating
older patients with mental health
The staff will answer your questions
and help to soothe any fears
or guilt you may be feeling. The
nurse answering the phone will ask
screening questions and will either
direct you to the Emergency Department
for a medical evaluation,
or tell you to bring your mother
in for admission to our Geriatric
Psychiatric Inpatient Program.
The Geriatric Psychiatric Inpatient Program staff includes a board certified
geriatric psychiatrist; a board certified geriatrician; internists; and registered
nurses with certification in general psychiatry, geriatrics, and addictions.
Other members include social workers; case managers; certified physical, occupational,
speech, recreation, and art therapists; dieticians; pharmacists; and pastoral
“The special Geriatric Psychiatric
unit is especially designed for
seniors, with special shower facilities,
hand rails, raised toilet seats,
and other devices to help frail older
people manage independently,” says
Charles Morgan, MD, chairman of
Psychiatry at Bridgeport Hospital.
The goal of the program is to
preserve and improve the patients’
well-being while caring for their
“The group therapy sessions are
designed to help seniors continue
to live as independently as possible,
and to adapt to changes in lifestyle
when necessary. For instance, we
offer a sensory training program
to help patients who have lost
their sense of touch, taste, or
smell, which affects memory,” Dr.
Our goal in the Geriatric Psychiatric Inpatient Program is to treat your
mother with the sensitivity and special care she needs and deserves, and get
her back to her home as soon as we can!
learn more about the Geriatric Psychiatric Inpatient Program at Bridgeport
Hospital, please call 203-384-3292. For a referral to an expert physician,
Hospital Physician Referral at 888-357-2396.
Can Benefit from the Geriatric Psychiatric
The Program can accept and treat seniors
who have any of the following symptoms:
Although not designed to treat dementia
(mental confusion, Alzheimer’s), the Program can accept patients
diagnosed with dementia if they are also experiencing any of the above
symptoms. Based on symptoms and previous diagnoses, Program staff will
determine if they can admit and help the patient, and if they can’t,
they will help to find the right treatment program for him or her. Just