Behavioral Health

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The Senior Behavioral Health Center provides inpatient hospitalization services for adults 55 and older who are experiencing acute psychiatric problems. The 12 bed center is located in it’s own discreet space within the hospital to assure privacy and confidentiality. Patients come for assistance with severe depression with or without suicidal ideation, hallucinations that may be secondary to Alzheimer’s or Dementia, Parkinson’s, bipolar illness, and a variety of other psychiatric illnesses.

Our patients require different services than do younger adults with psychiatric problems. As we age and our ability to walk, to see, to drive, and to maintain independence may lessen. Older individuals become isolated, friends and family die, it is a major undertaking to leave the house. Many times, meals are eaten alone and visitors are scarce.

We recognize the different needs of the older population and the issues that may be associated with aging. It is not normal to have depression, cognitive decline, confusion or memory loss at any age. If you know someone 55 or older who is not eating and has weight loss, sleeping excessively or very little, has lost interest in previously pleasurable activity, is more isolative, or complains that life is not worth living – call the center for a free confidential assessment at 860.364.4288.

Admission Criteria:

  • Suicide attempts or suicidal ideation
  • Assaultive behavior or poor impulse control
  • Destructive behavior
  • Hallucinations
  • Delusions
  • Anxiety, agitation, and|or depression severe enough to endanger welfare of self or others
  • Recurrent psychosis
  • Significant side effects of therapeutic psychotropic medication

Please remember that the admitting physician makes the final decision to determine if the patient meets the criteria for admission. These are guidelines that we feel will be helpful to you.

Some of the services we provide:

  • All patients have a psychiatrist specializing in geriatric psychiatry and an internist or general practitioner working as a team to detect both psychiatric illness and other medical conditions which may be contributing or underlying factors to the current problem. Our team of treatment staff include nurses, social workers, activity therapists, and occupational therapists.
  • Comprehensive diagnostic assessments which may include Lab Testing, Neurological Evaluation, CT Scan, MRI, EEG, Neuro-psychological Testing, Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy assessments and treatment, and other medical specialist consultation that may be needed.
  • Assist patients with the activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, eating, and walking; develop Treatment Plans to help patients to be as independent as possible.
  • Family services to help patients and their families make plans for the future and changes to living situations. Staff can help families understand what is happening to their loved one and what they can do to help.
  • Set-up of services that assist the patient in being successful in returning home, or a possible placement in long term care, either assisted living or a skilled nursing home.
  • Therapeutic group activities are scheduled to benefit the patient’s social, expressive, cognitive, physical and daily activity skills.
  • In May, 2015, we will be launching the Music & Memory Program for our Patients. Watch for more information to come.

Assessment

Services begin with a comprehensive assessment by the Senior Behavioral Health team members. Typically, staff will discuss the patient’s concerns, questions, and ask about what problems they are experiencing. We understand the interest and concerns of a patient’s family. Our team will work with a patient’s loved ones when possible to fully understand circumstances that lead to current hospital admissions.

For more information, please call 860.364.4288.