TrustPoint Hospital is dedicated to ensuring that men and women who are struggling with certain medical conditions and/or psychiatric disorders receive the personalized comprehensive services that will empower them to achieve the greatest possible quality of life. This dedication to focused care includes offering a variety of treatment programs that focus on specific types of issues and disorders as well as providing specialized age-appropriate care in our Senior Psychiatry Unit.
The Senior Psychiatry Unit at TrustPoint Hospital is designed for men and women ages 65 and above who meet one or both of the following criteria:
- Experiencing behavioral disturbances related to dementia or other cognitive disorders
- Experiencing mood disturbances and/or struggles related to grief, loss, and other adjustments
Within these two general categories, patients who qualify for treatment in the Senior Psychiatry Unit may be struggling with a variety of disorders and may be experiencing a range of symptoms. The following is a partial list of the most common issues for which patients receive care within the Senior Psychiatry Unit at TrustPoint Hospital:
- Anxiety disorders
- Bipolar disorders
- Major depression
- Behaviors posing a potential danger to oneself or others
- Suicidal thoughts
- Mood swings
- Destructive anger
- Psychosis (seeing or believing things that are not real)
- Inability to function in daily life due to stress
The typical length of stay in the Senior Psychiatry Unit at TrustPoint Hospital is 10 to 14 days, though the exact amount of time that any specific patient will spend in treatment will be determined according to his or her strengths, needs, treatment progress, and recovery goals.
As is the case with all units, programs, and treatment tracks at TrustPoint Hospital, individuals in the Senior Psychiatry Unit will complete a thorough assessment process, and will follow a personalized treatment plan that is based upon the results of this assessment. Depending upon a variety of unique factors, including the needs that are identified during the assessment, any prior diagnoses or treatment history, and the goals of the patient and his or her family members, a person’s time in the Senior Psychiatry Unit may include the following elements:
Medication management: Individuals whose disorders or symptoms may respond to certain prescription medications may receive medication management services throughout their time in the Senior Psychiatry Unit. All medication decisions are made on a patient-by-patient basis with the consent of the patient and/or his or her family members as necessary.
Individual therapy: Scheduled on an as-needed basis, individual therapy sessions provide a safe and confidential environment in which patients can process successes and setbacks, address issues that they may be hesitant or unwilling to bring up in a group environment, and receive personalized feedback and guidance from an experienced professional. Within the Senior Psychiatry Unit at TrustPoint Hospital, individual therapy sessions are led by a social worker or licensed individual practitioner.
Group therapy: Group therapy sessions for patients in the Senior Psychiatry Unit are led by social workers, nurses, and members of the adjunct staff. Multiple groups are held during each treatment day. Social work and nursing groups are either didactic or process-oriented depending on the patient population and clinical need. The content of a group will vary depending upon the contributions of participants and the professionals who are leading the groups, but the following are among the general topics that may be addressed during an individual’s time in group therapy in the Senior Psychiatry Unit:
- Anger management
- Disease/disorder education
- Medication management
- Grief and loss
- Guilt and shame
- Stress management
- Healthy boundaries
Family therapy: Family members are not only impacted by their loved one’s health challenges, but they also have an important role to play in their loved one’s continued recovery. For this reason, we are proud to offer family therapy sessions for Senior Psychiatry Unit patients and their loved ones. Family therapy sessions, which are led by experienced social workers, are scheduled on an as-needed basis. These sessions can be valuable opportunities for family members to address the way that their lives have been affected by their loved one’s struggles, to heal rifts and strengthen the family unit, and to help family members learn how to care for themselves and their loved one once he or she has completed treatment and returned home.
Discharge planning: At TrustPoint Hospital, we realize that inpatient care is just one element of what can be a long recovery effort, and we endeavor to ensure that patients in the Senior Psychiatry Unit have the support and direction necessary to maintain and build upon the progress that they make with us after they have returned home or transitioned to their next level of care. By the time a patient has completed his or her time in the Senior Psychiatry Unit at TrustPoint, our professionals will have developed a thorough plan that documents his or her progress and identifies referrals, community-based resources, and other necessary support services that may be of ongoing benefit to him or her.
For more information about the Senior Psychiatry Unit or any other aspect of programming at TrustPoint Hospital, please feel free to contact us at your convenience. We look forward to answering all of your questions and helping you make the best treatment-related decision for yourself or on behalf of a loved one.