Senior behavioral health services in Richmond, Virginia

The Senior Transition Program at Tucker Pavilion at Chippenham Hospital offers geriatric inpatient psychiatric care with 12 private suites dedicated to older patients. 

We seek to address the challenging and complex mental health needs of senior adults.

Our goal is to empower patients to manage their behavioral health issues and take control of their lives.  We believe that behavioral health issues are treatable and patients are most successful with a team approach.  Our treatment team includes: Psychiatrists, Nurses, Care Managers, Activity Therapists and Dieticians.

Our psychiatrists along with Master levels clinicians deliver special care to meet the unique emotional needs and assure patient safety and wellbeing while hospitalized. 

If you are a senior adult or know a senior who may be in crisis, please call Chippenham Hospital's 24-hour behavioral health access line at 804-483-0053.

Behavioral Health Conditions in Older Adults

Using collaborative problem-solving techniques, we provide comprehensive treatment for:

  • Increased depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Chronic mental illness
  • Grief and loss
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Loss of appetite

Our Programming Includes:

  • Comprehensive assessment and evaluation
  • Music Therapy
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Pet Therapies
  • Spirituality Group
  • Discharge planning working closely with community agencies
  • ECT treatment offered on both inpatient and outpatient basis
  • Variety of groups scheduled throughout the day

Warning signs that an older person may be a threat to themselves or others:

  • Failing memory or confusion
  • Increased withdrawal from others or isolation
  • Delusions, hallucinations or other perceptual disturbances
  • Neglect of personal or domestic hygiene
  • Increased or decreased activity level
  • Wandering, pacing, restlessness, disorientation or increased anxiety
  • Symptoms of depressions such as crying, change in appetite, feelings of worthlessness or guilt, sadness, loss of energy or fatigue, and inability to concentrate
  • Uncharacteristic behaviors such as cursing, fearfulness, incontinence, unsteady gait, striking out at caregivers
  • Inability or refusal to comply with medical advice, medications, medical regimen or dietary limitations.

Qualifying Criteria May Include:

  • Indications that the potential patient meets criteria by exhibiting signs and symptoms that they are a threat to themselves or others.
  • The potential patient is psychiatrically impaired to the point they require 24-hour care/monitoring.
  • A current judicial order (Temporary Detention Order) making the patient involuntary for a minimum of 72 hours but preferably for 14 days.
  • An Emergency Custody Order (ECO) properly executed by the sending facility if the potential patient is in a hospital or emergency department.