Returning Seniors to Emotional Wellness
As those we love grow older, their lives should be as joyful and rewarding as possible. But for some, growing older means losing the ability to live in the same independent way they once did. It may mean losing certain physical or mental abilities. In some cases the stress of growing older can be so overwhelming that it actually disables a person, preventing him or her from performing even the simplest day-to-day activities.
The problems of aging affect not only the older person but his or her family as well. One of the hardest realizations a family faces is that the deteriorating health of a loved one requires professional help. Having to intervene and seek treatment for a loved one can bring about guilt and emotional pain for the rest of the family.
LV Stabler Memorial Hospital offers a geriopsychiatric program that helps Seniors regain their independence. The Senior Care department is experienced, caring and well trained in recognizing and treating patients with emotional and mental health needs.
The following symptoms and behaviors may be signs that a loved one is in need of professional treatment:
- Suicide attempt or thoughts of ending one’s life
- Rapid change in nutritional or sleeping habits
- Impaired or rapid decline in mental state
- Severely agitated behavior
- Drug or alcohol abuse
- Abusive or assaultive behavior which is a risk to self or others
- Self-mulitative behavior
- Delirium, disorientation, bizarre or delusional behavior
- Excessive or unreasonable fear
- Toxic effects from psychotrophic medication
- Obsessive-compulsive behavior
- Severe decline in ability to perform day-to-day activities
The goal of LV Stabler Memorial Hospital’s Senior Care Team is to help patients return to as much of an independent life as possible. Under the direction of a psychiatrist, a team of physicians, nurses, social workers, therapists and other health care providers, Senior Care offers a structured plan of individual counseling, group therapy, coordinated activities and family support. Senior Care is a 13 bed facility for adults 55 years of age and older. Admission is voluntary and patients must meet the clinical admission criteria. Hospitalization is covered by Medicare and other insurance providers.
For consultation services or for more information on the ways in which Senior Care can help you or a loved one, please call the Senior Care Department at 334-383-2247 or send a message through our Contact Us section.