Senior Mental Health
For many older adults, mental health problems — such as depression, anxiety, memory loss and confusion — can be as serious as challenges to their physical health. Many of these mental health issues are complicated by medical and physical concerns.
That’s why we’ve established a special unit within our hospital to focus on senior mental health, an area of medicine that jointly addresses the unique physical and emotional needs of older adults.
A whole range of factors can adversely affect the ability of older adults to live healthy, independent lives, including medical conditions, drug interactions, grief following the loss of a spouse, cognitive changes, financial concerns and the availability of family and community support.
Senior Mental Health Unit
Our Senior Mental Health unit, located on the 3nd floor of the hospital, is designed to help patients and their families address the complex issues that can cause older adults to fall into a behavioral health crisis. Our “hospital within a hospital” is a secure unit offering short-term treatment to stabilize patients age 55 and over who are experiencing a crisis that cannot be managed in an outpatient setting. After a comprehensive assessment, we provide an individualized treatment plan of services and support focused on each person’s situation and goals.
We’re available to help 24- hours a day, 7 days a week. For more information please call us at 210-921-3558.
A Team Approach
Because a number of factors impact a person’s mental health, we take a team approach to treatment. These healthcare professionals work together to address each person’s unique needs. Our team includes:
- Licensed social workers
- Registered nurses
- Advanced practice registered nurses
- Certified nursing assistants / Mental health technicians
- Physician specialists
- Licensed counselors
- Activity coordinators
Mental Health Conditions
Among the symptoms and conditions we assess and treat are:
- Anxiety – Difficulty sleeping; feelings of restlessness, panic or impending doom; sudden inability to deal with stressful situations
- Depression – Inability to accept or adjust to loss; significant change in appetite, sleep patterns or energy levels; feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness or guilt; loss on interest in pleasurable activities
- Chronic Pain – Uncontrolled, continuing pain; use of multiple pain medications
- Psychosis – Seeing, smelling, hearing or feelings things that aren’t there
- Paranoia – Accusing others of negative behaviors or thoughts that are unrealistic; combative or violent behavior
- Cognitive Changes – Significant memory loss; impaired judgment and insight; inability to take care of day-to-day needs; acute deterioration of coping skills and judgment, placing the person or others at risk
- Suicidal or Homicidal Feelings – Thoughts of death, suicide or murder; self-injuring behavior
- Phobias – Fears that limit daily activity
- Mood disorders – Severe mood swings; feelings of elation, unlimited energy, pacing, or lack of sleep; sudden onset of severe depression
Our team offers a wide range of medical and mental health services, including:
- Psychiatric assessment and treatment
- Management and treatment of medical conditions
- Medication management
- Dietary consultation
- Psychotherapy (individual, family and group)
- Education for patients and families on diagnosis, treatment options and medications
- Social work assistance with discharge planning and financial issues
Visitation hours are from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily. We ask that visitors refrain from bringing any of the following prohibited items:
- Food and drink
- Purses, bags or backpacks
- Cell phones
- Tobacco products or any items deemed paraphernalia
- Metal objects of any kind (other than keys)