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:
- Behavioral disturbances related to dementia or other cognitive disorders
- Mood disturbances and/or struggles related to grief, loss, and other adjustments
The typical length of stay in the Senior Psychiatry Unit at TrustPoint Hospital is 10 to 14 days, though the exact amount of time patients will spend in treatment will be determined according to an assessment of the individual’s strengths, needs, treatment progress, and recovery goals.
Individuals in the Senior Psychiatry Unit will receive a thorough assessment, and will follow a personalized treatment plan based on 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 by the psychiatrist 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, and focus on activity/mobility, memory care.
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 and strengthen the family unit.
Experiential therapy: In order to support a holistic approach to treatment when patients are learning to manage the symptoms of dementia, the staff at TrustPoint has found that incorporating experiential therapies into the overall plans of care can be helpful in the recovery and healing process. The types of experiential therapies that patients may participate in during their time at TrustPoint can include the following:
- Music therapy
- Aroma therapy
- Physical activity when appropriate
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 care team 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.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
When a loved one is struggling with dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease or as the result of another cause, it is easy to think that the situation is hopeless. However, this is not the case. Depending upon the cause of the individual’s dementia, treatment may be able to delay, prevent, or even reverse certain symptoms. If your loved one is experiencing symptoms of dementia, please consider the following:
First, educate yourself on the signs, symptoms, and possible causes of dementia. It is important to understand that, though dementia is common among older adults, this is not a normal part of the aging process, and treatment can be extremely beneficial. The more you understand about the nature of this problem, the better prepared you will be to provide meaningful support. *links to family education resources. i.e.: Alzheimer’s Association.
Research the types of treatment that have helped others who were suffering from dementia, and identify programs that provide the type and level of care that matches your loved one’s needs.
Ensure that your loved one is assessed by a qualified healthcare provider. Alzheimer’s disease and other causes of dementia demand professional evaluation and diagnosis. Identifying the cause of the symptoms that your loved one is experiencing is an essential step in ensuring that he or she gets the most appropriate and effective treatment.
Involve your loved one in the process of identifying and selecting treatment programs if you can. Depending upon the nature and severity of his or her symptoms, this may, understandably, not be possible. However, empowering your loved one to play an active role in this endeavor to the degree that he or she is capable may yield positive results in both the short and long-term.
Be sure to get support for yourself, too. Enlisting a few trusted friends or close family members to help you conduct research and find programs can alleviate stress, and it may also be valuable to speak to a therapist our counselor. Maintaining your own physical and mental health is essential in order for you to be the most effective source of support for your loved one.
If you or a loved one is suffering from dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease or another cause and could benefit from comprehensive care in order to stabilize, handle crises, and/or learn how to better manage symptoms, please do not hesitate to contact the caring and compassionate staff at TrustPoint Hospital. You or your loved one’s suffering can end today.