While today’s medicine has done wonders in allowing people to live longer and fuller lives, aging can also be accompanied by many challenges. Seniors are often faced with decreased physical and mental capabilities, the loss of loved ones, and end-of-life issues.
Reduced independence and other stresses associated with aging can result in significant shifts in the lives of seniors. A sudden or prolonged change in behavior or mood may indicate the presence of or be a precursor to mental illness. Often, highly specialized care designed specifically to address senior or geriatric psychological issues may be required.
The Senior Adult Program at Raleigh Oaks is designed to support aging adults who are experiencing acute symptoms of psychiatric disorders or emotional illness. Patients may be struggling with mental health disorders and/or substance use or dependence. Their conditions may present themselves in numerous ways including:
- Suicidal thoughts or suicide attempts
- Severe depression
- Feelings of isolation
- Prolonged grief or sadness
- Hallucinations or delusions
- Agitation or inappropriate verbal, vocal, or motor activities
- Sudden change in mental acuity
- Disordered thinking
- Aggressive behavior
- Sundown Syndrome with severe disruptions of daily living activities
- Medication non-compliance
Our mission is to improve the lives we touch, and the goals of this program are to stabilize symptoms, make medication adjustments, and coordinate a sustainable discharge plan so patients can get back to a fuller and less restrictive environment.
We work closely with all available resources including families, guardians, and caregivers and we encourage active participation in the therapeutic process to help ensure positive outcomes.
The Senior Adult Program includes the following:
- Multidisciplinary treatment 24 hours per day / 7 days per week
- Medication management and patient education
- Evidence-based programs
- Trauma-Informed care
- Individual, group, and family therapy
- Stress management skills
- Family and caregiver education and support
- Recreational therapy
- Substance use-specific programming
Senior Adult Program Admission Criteria
- An imminent risk for self-injury, with an inability to manage or develop a safety plan
- An imminent risk for injury to others
- Serious deterioration from the patient’s baseline ability to fulfill age-appropriate responsibility and management of activities of daily living
- At imminent risk for medical status deterioration due to the presence and/or treatment of active psychiatric symptoms.
- Able to benefit from psychiatric intervention/treatment to decrease or manage presenting psychiatric symptoms.
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