Senior Behavioral Health Unit

Why St. Joseph Hospital

At St. Joseph Hospital, we’re committed to providing comprehensive and compassionate care to people of all ages. Senior health is extremely important to us, which is why we are Nashua’s and the surrounding region’s preferred choice when an older adult needs an inpatient behavioral health program to meet their needs.

Seniors can experience many, life altering changes in very little time. These changes include the loss of loved ones, declining physical health or loss of independence. Events like these can trigger depression, anxiety and severe psychiatric symptoms that may require specialized treatment.

The Senior Behavioral Health Program at St Joseph Hospital is a short-term inpatient treatment program for adults 65 and older who are experiencing severe behavioral or emotional symptoms. Our 24-bed unit provides a safe and secure environment for seniors to receive their care.

Our program is designed to stabilize seniors through individualized care in a safe and supportive environment. An individualized treatment plan is developed for each patient upon admission. Prior to discharge, our team will explore and recommend community-based services and resources to meet the patient’s unique needs.

Elements of our program include:

  • Comprehensive Evaluation
  • Diagnosis and Symptom Stabilization
  • Daily Psychiatric Assessment
  • Medical Management of Secondary Medical Conditions
  • 24-Hour Nursing Care
  • Family Education and Support
  • Individual and Group Settings
  • Exercise and Art Therapies
  • Discharge Planning and Coordination of Follow Up Care

Some life changes can trigger behavioral health symptoms for seniors. Common examples include:

  • Physical Disability
  • Long-term Illness
  • Physical Illnesses Affecting Thought, Memory and Emotion
  • Change of Environment
  • Illness or Loss of a Loved One
  • Alcohol or Substance Abuse
  • Sad or Depressed Mood Lasting Longer Than Two Weeks
  • Dementia-related Behavior
  • Malnutrition
  • Medication Interactions and Side Effects
  • Social Withdrawal
  • Loss of Interest
  • Onset Of Confusion, Disorientation or Problems with Concentration or Decision-Making
  • Change in Appetite or Weight
  • Memory Loss
  • Depression
  • Agitation, Aggression or Attempts to Harm Others
  • Hallucinations and/or Delusional Thoughts
  • Refusing to Take Prescribed Medications

Meet Our Medical Director, Dr. Jodi Marshall

Dr. Marshall’s career in medicine began with research investigating a vaccine for Alzheimer’s disease. She joined the SBHU in January 2021 as its Medical Director and is board-certified in Adult Psychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry.

While studying neuroscience at Hamilton College, Dr. Marshall conducted research investigating a vaccine for Alzheimer’s disease. She continued this research after college and went on to obtain a medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School. Following medical school, she completed a residency in adult psychiatry at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and then went on to complete a fellowship in geriatric psychiatry, also at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. This additional training allowed her to specialize in the treatment of patients with dementia and other mental health conditions in those over 65 years old. As part of her fellowship, she took special interest in end of life care in patients with dementia.

Outside of her medical practice, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters. On their time off together, they can mostly be found outdoors enjoying everything New Hampshire has to offer. In the winter, she also coaches her daughters’ ice hockey team and when not on an ice rink, they are often found on the ski slopes.

Meet Our Team

Our specially trained psychiatric physicians, nurses and therapists are here to give seniors the quality care they need in a comfortable and welcoming environment.

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