Our senior care program provides elderly care for the 60+ population in Kansas City, MO. Some patients, aged 55 to 60, may be admitted on a case-by-case basis. Senior mental health care is provided by geriatric psychiatrists who are (APA) board-certified in geriatric care along with a master’s-level nursing staff. We treat seniors suffering from increased depression, grief, anger, anxiety, dementia, loss in appetite, as well as combative and angry behaviors. Our mental health physicians deliver special care to meet unique emotional needs, and assure patient safety and wellbeing while hospitalized. Fall prevention, along with routine “walking” rounds by nursing management, is routine practice.
The program is divided both physically and programmatically into two distinct units (Senior Adult Unit and Senior Intensive Treatment Unit) according to the patient's level of functioning, behavior and level of orientation.
Senior Adult Unit
This program is designed for senior adults who have maintained a high degree of functioning prior to the onset of psychiatric symptoms. These patients typically are admitted from their homes, nursing homes or assisted living facilities, and can usually only require a brief hospital stay. The most common diagnoses are affective disorders such as depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder.
Senior Intensive Treatment Unit
Patients in this program enter our hospital most frequently from another healthcare facility and are typically suffering from organic or chronic mental illness or dementia and often have associated medical problems. Nursing staff in this unit have special training in treating dementia and medical disorders in geriatric adults. While pharmacological treatments form an important part of therapy, we work closely with the psychiatric staff to maintain only the minimum necessary level of psychoactive medications.