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Peachford’s Senior Inpatient Program is tailored to the needs of elderly patients and their families, delivering comprehensive services for elderly patients 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 can also play a part in anyone’s level of happiness and peace of mind.

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. Patients may enter our program for a variety of reasons ranging from addiction to psychiatry to a dual diagnosis.

The inpatient program begins with thorough medical and psychiatric evaluations 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 each patient, and our entire facility is handicap-accessible and provides a safe, nurturing environment.

Senior Treatment Components

Treatment for each adult is administered by a multidisciplinary 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

Treatment begins with a comprehensive evaluation to help diagnose any underlying medical or biochemical origins of disease. The team works to coordinate each patient’s individual care, to inform family members of progress and to keep the family physician informed.

Therapeutic components may include:

  • Individual therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Drug and alcohol education
  • Recreation therapy
  • Activity therapy
  • Medication education
  • Sensory stimulation
  • Pet therapy

Emotional Problems

With clinical depression or anxiety, a person’s ability to function mentally and physically is 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 stem from life experiences, so treatment that gets to the root of those issues can help our patients return 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 that they receive education and counsel about what to expect, how to handle their own emotional needs and how to provide their loved one with the best care available.