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We all hope our family members will enjoy their golden years. But, as individuals age, they experience the loss of loved ones, and the stresses that go with losing physical and mental abilities. A changing lifestyle and increased physical challenges can lead to sadness and withdrawal. However, persistent personality changes or unusual behavior may indicate your loved one is suffering from a mental illness, such as depression.
Signs and symptoms that a loved one may be experiencing an emotional illness include:
These symptoms are not normal at any age and should be considered an illness in the elderly.
Most depression and other emotional illnesses in older people are treatable, especially if dealt with early. In addition to improving a senior's outlook on life, therapy also helps individuals to better care for themselves and follow their primary care provider’s directions, particularly about taking medicines.
Senior Behavioral Health at North Baldwin Infirmary is here to let you know that you are not alone in caring for your elderly parent or loved one. We help you understand what's going on and determine the best course of care.
At North Baldwin Infirmary, we offer individualized care in a warm, supportive atmosphere. The first thing our professional team will do is a very thorough evaluation to help determine what's causing the behavioral and mental changes. We also check for any underlying medical or biochemical origins. We will then work with the patient, family and other health professionals to develop a course of treatment.
Treatment includes individual meetings with psychiatrists; group therapy with other seniors struggling with similar problems; and educational programs. Our nurses, psychiatrists, trained counselors and social workers can help with all aspects of a person's life.
To ensure excellent access and care, we offer:
Depression and other emotional illnesses are a significant problem for older adults.
When one person in the family suffers from a mental or emotional illness, everyone else in the family is affected. Admission to a psychiatric treatment center is understandably traumatic, and can be especially so for an elderly person. Stresses and strains in relationships are intensified. We understand this and encourage family members to express their feelings and learn new ways to cope with the frustrations. We encourage them to participate in their loved one's treatment process. Our family support groups help to re-establish healthy communication channels that will lead to stronger family ties and happier lives.
Inpatient hospitalization involves conducting a thorough physical and mental evaluation, analyzing any medication interactions, and developing and implementing a treatment plan. This is done in a supportive environment with 24-hour nursing care to help ensure the wellbeing of the patient.
Admissions are accepted 24 hours a day. Referrals may be made by physicians, psychologists, social workers, mental health professionals, social service agencies, family members or friends. The decision regarding admission is made by a psychiatrist.
The patient and family work with the treatment team to develop an appropriate aftercare plan. Aftercare may include a day hospital program, a community-based program, or outpatient therapy. Our goal is to help maintain the progress that has already been made while in the hospital.
For more information or to schedule a free consultation call Senior Behavioral Health at North Baldwin Infirmary at 251-580-1770. Our staff is available 24 hours a day. All information is completely confidential.