Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Erlanger Behavioral Health Hospital to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at Erlanger Behavioral Health Hospital.

  • These restrictions have been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Geriatric Psychiatry Treatment Program in Chattanooga, TN

Erlanger Behavioral Health Hospital is pleased to provide psychiatric services for patients of all life stages. Our mission is to support our patients and their families as they work to overcome their challenges and improve their quality of life.

Understanding Geriatric Care

Learn more about geriatric care at Erlanger Behavioral Health

The Erlanger staff understands the unique needs of senior adults in the treatment setting, and we are dedicated to providing the very finest in age-appropriate care.

Often, senior patients who need behavioral healthcare have complicating physical health concerns that must also be addressed in treatment. Erlanger provides a holistic blend of psychiatric and medical services to ensure that our older patients have the support they need to stabilize, heal, and look forward to a more independent tomorrow.

About Our Geriatric Psych Program

Learn more about the geriatric psych program at Erlanger Behavioral Health

The geriatric psychiatry program at Erlanger is designed for patients who have a behavioral disturbance related to dementia, mood disturbance, loss or adjustment concerns, or other cognitive disorders.

Erlanger is able to admit patients on either a voluntary or involuntary basis. We accept referrals from a wide range of sources, including: individuals and families, physician offices, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, emergency departments, hospital medical units, and crisis response teams.

Some of the more common concerns we treat are:

  • Cognitive impairment (e.g., Alzheimer’s, Dementia) with disturbance of mood and/or behavior
  • Bipolar disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Major depression
  • Behaviors posing a potential danger to oneself or others
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Mood swings
  • Destructive anger
  • Psychosis (seeing or believing things that are not real)
  • Paranoia
  • Inability to function in daily life due to stress
Our Treatment Modalities

Learn more about the treatment modalities offered at Erlanger Behavioral Health

Our specialized psychiatric program for senior adults includes the following elements:

Individual therapy: Licensed practitioners provide individual therapy as needed. Most individual counseling sessions occur with a social worker, and frequency is dependent upon clinical need.

Family therapy: Social workers provide as-needed family therapy. This service is used to increase the functionality of the family unit, encourage healthier communication, and heal family relationships.

Group therapy: Social workers, nursing, and adjunct staff members provide group therapy throughout the day. Topics include grief and loss, anger management, disease/disorder education, medication management, relationships, communication skills, stress management, healthy boundaries, guilt, and shame.

Medication management: Many senior adults require medications to manage their physical health and to stabilize their psychological well-being. All Erlanger patients will have access to medication management services during their stay.

Discharge planning: From the moment a patient enters the geriatric psychiatry unit at Erlanger, our treatment team will begin evaluating their needs and making a plan for discharge. Our staff knows that recovery is a lifelong process that extends beyond a patient’s time at our hospital. A thorough aftercare plan is put in place to support each patient’s continued success after leaving Erlanger.

Learn More

Contact us today to learn more about the geriatric psych program

To learn more about the geriatric psychiatry unit at Erlanger Behavioral Health Hospital, contact us at your earliest convenience. We’re here to answer any questions you may have about this program, or any other aspect of healing at Erlanger.

Marks of Quality Care
  • The Joint Commission (JCAHO) Gold Seal of Approval
  • The Jason Foundation