Our Seasons Senior Behavioral Health is dedicated to helping older adults with mental health concerns receive the skills needed for a strong foundation for recovery. Seniors should be aware that the potential of developing mental health issues such as irritability, sadness, anxiety or memory loss may increase with age - but that doesn't mean they are an inevitable part of growing older.
Working in close partnership with patients and caregivers, our staff and clinicians provide high quality care tailored to each individual's needs. Our multidisciplinary team of board certified psychiatrist, social workers, nurses, and recreation therapist have been carefully selected and specifically trained based on their experience and passion for working with seniors from diverse backgrounds. These advances are at the core of the Inpatient services offered by the Seasons Senior Program for Behavioral Health.
Our clinical services
Specializing in psychiatric care for older adults and seniors, our mental wellness program is designed to meet the psychological and physical healthcare needs of older adults. We offer:
- 24-hour nursing care
- Assistance with daily living activities
- A skilled team consisting of physicians, psychiatrist, nurses, therapists, and technicians
- Private rooms and semi-private rooms in a safe, comfortable environment
- Recreation and pet therapies
- Assessment/treatment of cognitive and functional decline due to depression, dementia, anxiety, and substance use
- An extensive network of community resources
We work with you and—with your permission—your loved ones to help stabilize your symptoms, understand your diagnosis and develop a plan tailored specifically to help you manage your illness. Program components include:
- Psychoeducation – Provides information about causes and effects of the particular mental illness to expand understanding of the condition, reduce feelings of helplessness and increase opportunities for better self-care.
- Psychotherapy – Employs evidence-based treatment methods, such as cognitive behavioral, family and group therapies, to enhance your sense of well-being.
- Psychopharmacology – Uses medication to assist in treatment, when appropriate.
Our program offers 24-hour nursing care and full psychiatric services in a safe and structured environment. Medical supervision by highly qualified mental health professionals means you receive appropriate individual assessment, intervention, education, supportive therapies and discharge planning.
Our specialty unit serves individuals which are referred to the program for the following conditions:
- Depression with feelings of hopelessness or suicide; inability to care for oneself
- Anxiety causing constant fears, paralyzing worries, or panic attacks
- Severe disorientation or memory impairment
- Inability to maintain adequate nutrition which threatens life or vital body functions
- Threatening thoughts or assaultive behavior toward others
- Unusual or bizarre behavior with illogical thoughts/beliefs
- Emotional issues with co-occurring substance abuse or medical issues
- Inability to maintain psychiatric stabilization through outpatient treatment
- Acute behavioral health diagnosis including dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia, bi-polar, depression, anxiety
Our Senior Behavioral Health Services program includes therapeutic treatments designed to help patients stabilize acute symptoms and, ultimately, improve their quality of life. Inpatient treatment services are provided by an interdisciplinary treatment team and include:
- Psychiatric triage, evaluation and differential diagnosis
- Crisis intervention
- Medication stabilization
- Group therapy
- Family therapy and education
- Educational groups
- Activity therapy
- Individual psychotherapy
- Coping skills training
- Discharge planning
- Outpatient follow-up
- Social Work Consultation
- Family Conferences
- Recreational Therapy
- Registered Dietitian Services
- Physicians – Work with you to diagnose your condition, manage symptoms, assess the need for medication and decide when you are stable enough to move to the next level of care.
- Nursing staff – Monitor the program for safety 24 hours a day, provide a safe and healing environment, educate you and encourage your progress.
- Social work staff – Meet with you and—with your permission—your loved ones to identify issues and stressors and set up a plan to maintain safety and continue therapy after discharge.
The Senior Behavioral Health Services team includes several professionals who, collectively, bring a wide variety of skills and expertise to this program. The team works together as a group, partnering with patients and family members to ensure each individual receives the best possible care and treatment.
An individualized plan of care
We deliver individualized treatment strategies for older adults with emotional health stressors or symptoms that cannot be safely and adequately addressed on an outpatient basis.
Our older adult and senior mental health program also has the capacity to treat individuals who may have a medical condition in addition to any challenging emotions they may be experiencing.
A mental health plan of care is based upon a mind, body, and social evaluation of the individual. The focus of the plan is to support the recovery from a high impact life event and to significantly reduce the probability of mental health issues while instilling mindfulness and resiliency to help achieve a balanced life. Our plan of care includes:
- Active psychiatric treatment with 24-hour access to a psychiatrist
- Medication administration and monitoring, as needed
- An aftercare plan linked to the presenting behaviors that resulted in the admission and that addresses post-hospitalization needs
- Ensuring family and individual support systems are an active part of the treatment team to foster positive outcomes
- Ongoing contact with personal caretakers, medical caretakers, and the facility (when appropriate for purposes of aftercare planning)
- Therapy occurs 7 days a week
- Tailored to the Senior Population
- Validation and Reminiscence Therapy a way of communicating with patients with cognitive impairment
- Stress Management
- Grief and Loss
- Recreational and Art
Planning begins upon admission with our team assessing and working towards the best environment for the patient upon their discharge.
When is help needed?
- Life stress trauma
- Depression, hopelessness, loss of motivation or care for self
- Suicidal thoughts and behaviors
- Relationship problems
- Aging and transitional coping
- Frequent crying for extended periods
- Deterioration of sleep, or sleeping excessively
- Worry/fears/anxiety or excessive preoccupation with physical complaints
- Isolating, significant change or drastic decrease in socialization
- Loss of appetite sufficient to maintain one’s health , or severe decrease in eating
- Wishing one was dead or could go to sleep and not wake up
- Inability to adjust or recover from loss or life changes such as:
- A loss of a relationship (spouse, sibling, child or significant other)
- Loss of home or finances
- Diagnosis of a terminal illness
- Loss of emotional or physical independence
- Disruptions or disinterest in daily activities such as the inability to socialize, work or perform daily chores
- Delusional thought process or hearing voices
- Suspicious or unrealistic fears
- Laundry Room
- Patients are encouraged to wear their own clothes and staff will provide laundry assistance as needed.
- Semi-Private and Private Rooms
- Handicap accessible bathroom/shower
- Psychiatric Safe Medical Beds
- Designed with tamper resistant light fixtures, plumbing fixtures and toilet accessories
We encourage family involvement in the treatment process and view family members and loved ones as an important support of each individual's recovery. With the patient's consent, we encourage family members to visit during visiting hours, attend family sessions and provide input into the treatment and discharge planning process. If you are unable to be present, we encourage your participation by phone conference. Visiting hours at Seasons are 2:00pm - 3:00pm Monday through Friday, and 2:00pm -4:00pm on Saturday and Sunday.