Seniors

Peachford Hospital offers a Senior Adult Program tailored to the needs of elderly patients and their families. The program begins with a thorough evaluation both medical and psychiatric to determine the most appropriate level of care and course of treatment. We provide 24/7 nursing care, medication management, appropriate age related groups, specialized meal plans for each patient and a high level of family involvement. Our unit is separated by functioning level to best accommodate the specific development and needs of our patients. Our facility is handicapped accessible and provides a safe and nurturing environment.

Senior Treatment Components

Treatment for each adult is administered by a multi-disciplinary team of mental health professionals led by a psychiatrist. Team members may include:

  • psychiatrists
  • internal medicine physician
  • nurses
  • social workers
  • case managers
  • activity therapists
  • substance abuse counselors

The treatment process begins with a comprehensive evaluation to help diagnose any underlying medical or biochemical origins of disease. An individualized plan of care is written to meet the special needs of each patient.

Therapeutic components may include:

  • individual therapy
  • family therapy
  • group therapy
  • drug/alcohol education
  • recreational therapy
  • activity therapy
  • medication education
  • sensory stimulation
  • pet therapy

Comprehensive Services for elderly Patients Delivered with Compassion and Dignity.

It’s not uncommon for elderly men and women to find themselves more emotional in later years, especially after the loss of lifelong friends and the stress of a changing lifestyle. Medical complications and extended illnesses, too, can play a part in anyone’s level of happiness and peace of mind. Research shows, in fact, that almost one-fourth of all attempted suicides are by older people.

Feeling anxious or depressed for an extended period of time is not a normal part of growing old. It is advisable to look for the reasons for low moods because many times it is possible to help.

Emotional Problems

With clinical depression or anxiety, a person’s ability to function both mentally and physically affected, and the trouble may last for weeks, months, or sometimes years. Anxiety problems come in the form of phobias, panic attacks, or becoming obsessive or compulsive in lifestyle. Both anxiety and depression may result from life experiences, so treatment can help these people get back to their former emotional health.

Physical problems affecting behavior

There are some illnesses, like Alzheimer’s, which affect the individual’s emotional and intellectual well-being. It is possible after an accurate diagnosis to provide therapy to help prolong physical and emotional functioning as long as possible. For family members, it is extremely important to obtain consoling about what to expect, how to handle their own emotional needs, and how to provide their loved one with the best care available.

For more information on treatment options for senior adult patients and other programs in Peachford’s continuum of care, or to schedule a no-charge assessment, please call 770-454-2302.