Older Adult Behavioral Health Unit

St. Luke’s Older Adult Behavioral Health Units offer comprehensive, personalized treatment for older adults 55+ who are experiencing significant mental distress and more serious psychiatric events, These units are located at:

  • St. Luke’s Quakertown Campus
  • St. Luke’s Sacred Heart Campus
  • St. Luke’s Lehighton Campus

Our compassionate interdisciplinary treatment team consists of experienced mental health professionals including a psychiatrist with special training in geriatric clients, nurses, case managers, mental health technicians, case managers, and activity therapists. Within a supportive, structured environment, the team provides individualized care based on each individuals’ unique needs. Our team collaborates with other St. Luke’s medical team members as needed throughout treatment. From assessment to individual, group, and family therapy to discharge planning and aftercare, our goal is to help individuals transition back to their daily life through outpatient support and connections to community resources.


Changes in behavior, mood, or routine may be an indicator that a psychiatric condition is present. Some (but not all) of the symptoms that we treat are:

Confused thinking Delusions or hallucinations
Prolonged depression (sadness or irritability) Inability to cope with daily problems/activities
Feelings of extreme highs and lows Suicidal thoughts
Excessive fears, worries, and anxieties Denial of obvious problems
Social withdrawal Numerous unexplained physical ailments
Dramatic changes in eating or sleeping habits Substance use
Strong feelings of anger

Our Services

Making the decision to address someone’s change in mental status can be extremely difficult. Our behavioral health experts are here to help. We offer a multitude of services including but not limited to:

Psychiatric evaluation and treatment Nutrition consultation
Medical evaluation and treatment Pharmacy consultation
Medication management Medical and surgical subspecialty education
Recreation therapy Neuropsychology consultation
Physical and Occupational Therapy Individual and group therapy
Electroshock Therapy (ECT) Discharge/aftercare planning
Client and family education

Admission Criteria

  • Experiencing increased agitation/aggression
  • Acute behavior changes including depression, anxiety, hallucinations, delusions, appetite, and sleep disturbances
  • Thoughts of suicide or self-harm

For more information or to make a referral, call 484-629-5091.