Senior Behavioral Health Unit

Take a tour of our unit and learn about our program:

The Senior Behavioral Health Unit (SBHU) at Chestnut Hill Hospital is a 20-bed, inpatient care unit serving adults 65 years of age or older who voluntarily seek behavioral health services and require a short inpatient stay. Treatment is available for a variety of conditions including, but not limited to depression, psychosis, bipolar disorder and anxiety.

The SBHU is designed to educate patients and families to better manage their conditions and ongoing recovery by developing healthier coping skills and a safe and secure follow-up plan for post discharge care.

Our bodies change as we age, and so do our minds. Seniors face an increased risk of mental challenges, including clinical depression and memory impairment. But there’s good news – in most cases, these conditions can be successfully treated and managed with specialized care. The skilled clinical staff at Chestnut Hill Hospital provides hope and healing.

Senior Behavioral Health Program offers patients:

  • Individual and Family Therapy
  • Group Activity Therapy
  • Anger and Stress Coping Skills
  • Medication Education
  • Family Education

Senior Behavioral Health is appropriate if you, or a loved one is experiencing an escalation or worsening of ongoing systems of any of the following:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Agitation or aggression
  • Disordered thinking
  • Change in sleep habits
  • Poor adjustment to change
  • Wanting to harm others
  • Lack of attention to personal hygiene
  • Increased fear of being alone
  • Grief (not adjusting to the loss of a loved one)
  • Change in enjoyment and participation in daily activities

Senior Behavioral Health Team

Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners with years of experience and expertise in geriatric psychiatry, neurology and internal medicine lead a multidisciplinary team.

Medical Directors visit patients daily to assess their general health.

Social Workers provide individual and group sessions, family counseling and serve as patient advocates.

Registered Nurses implement, monitor and evaluate treatments and/or medications. Nurses provide education on topics such as nutrition and medication.

Therapists lead individual and group experiences using art and music encouraging healthy emotional expression. Therapists identify leisure skills that will help to regain a healthy lifestyle.

Behavioral Health Technicians assist with basic care needs and provide patients with support to achieve therapeutic goals.

Click here to read the SBHU Information Document [PDF] for prospective patients and their families.

Joint Commission

Admissions: 215-248-8117

Fax: 215-248-8942


Families are encouraged to visit.

Monday through Friday – 12-1:30 p.m. and 5-6:30 p.m.

Weekends and Holidays – 2-6:30 p.m.

Two visitors per patient. Thank you for your cooperation.