Senior Behavioral Health
Provides Specialized Psychiatric Care to Seniors
Senior Behavioral Health is a short-term inpatient program for adults age 55 and over who are experiencing behavioral or emotional problems.
Too often, older adults with serious psychiatric conditions are dismissed as “senile” and therefore untreatable. From age related anxiety and depression, to long standing psychiatric disorders, to dementia and cognitive impairment, older adults can suffer from a wide range of psychiatric illnesses – conditions often intensified by chronic pain, Parkinson’s disease, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, or other medical disorders associated with aging.
Many psychological issues appear in the elderly later in their life. These include dealing with retirement, death of a loved one, physical illness and limited sources of income. For these people psychiatric problems may result from side effects of medications, such as depression, anxiety, or apathy.
Our experienced, interdisciplinary team, led by our medical director Kenneth Vest, M.D., is responsible for delivering treatment on a day-to-day basis. This team includes psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, geriatric specialized physicians, social workers, and activity therapists who are respectful, supportive, and compassionate. Additionally, our residents are treated by physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech therapists as needed. Our goal is to provide an individualized treatment program allowing each patient to return to the best possible level of functioning.
Who Is Appropriate For Admission?
Only those individuals who have a potential for responding to and benefiting from short-term treatment will be admitted. General admitting behaviors include: anxiety, hallucinations, delusions, paranoia, agitation, combativeness, disorganized behaviors, mania, non-compliance with medication or care, suicidal or homicidal ideation, or excessive feelings of worthlessness.
A Call for Help
Early intervention may prevent your loved one from suffering unnecessarily. A physician, caregiver, concerned family member or a friend may call us to make a referral. A Senior Behavioral Health Care Professional is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide a confidential, courtesy assessment.
For more information, please call 479-394-7400 or toll free 1-888-394-7300
Consultations & Assessments are available 24 hours a day.
Additional information on Alzheimer’s and dementia can be found on the Alzheimer’s Association website www.alz.org.
Additional information on mental illness can be found on the National Alliance on Mental Illness website www.nami.org.