Older Adults Services

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For many older adults, the aging process comes with unique complications. Physical problems, medications and social pressures can make diagnosis and treatment of late-life behavioral health issues very difficult. Parkwood Behavioral Health System’s older adult unit provides specialized acute health care for adults age 50 and older who are experiencing a psychiatric crisis and need elderly psychiatric care or elderly mental health services.

What Can Be Expected From Older Adult Mental Health Treatment?

Our multidisciplinary team provides medications management, attention to medical issues, cognitive sensory integration, group therapy and recreational therapy in a structured older adult inpatient program. Patients receive thorough evaluations of their emotional, behavioral and cognitive abilities to determine an appropriate diagnosis. Treatment planning involves coordinated care with an appropriate outpatient provider upon discharge.

Remember, mental health and aging are both unique circumstances, and seniors with mental health issues need specialized geriatric psychiatrists, or psychiatrists who specialize in geriatric mental health, to understand both what they are going through as well as where they are in life.

Signs a Psychiatric Assessment is Needed in Older People

  • Memory loss
  • Mood disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Difficulty coping with losses and transitions
  • Behavioral conditions that interfere with care at home or in a long-term setting

Is Family Included in the Recovery Process?

Family is a key part of every recovery process, especially when it comes to mental health. Family is an important facet of many people’s every day life, so it makes sense that they need to be a part of recovery as well. This doesn’t just include initial treatment, either.

After patients attend inpatient mental health services for older adults, patients’ families will be provided with caregiver education and support to determine the most appropriate after-care options. Our staff also consults and coordinates care with referrals while patients are on the unit and provides concrete treatment recommendations for implementation after discharge for those facing mental disorders and psychological problems in old age. The goal of elderly mental health services are to relieve symptoms and improve quality of life.

If you or someone you love is struggling with mental health issues and requires senior mental health services, please reach out to us today.

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