Baptist Senior Care
Baptist Senior Care is a new behavioral health program available at Baptist Huntingdon, designed to provide a safe and compassionate environment where seniors can receive quality care. Our focus is to effectively treat those with severe depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia, and to provide caregivers the support they need. For more information, please call 731-986-7080 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Baptist Senior Care offers a broad spectrum inpatient program to help meet the community's behavioral health care needs. Senior Care is an acute stay mental health treatment program providing inpatient diagnostic and treatment services, focusing on people 65 years of age and older. Program components include individualized assessments and treatment planning, therapeutic daily activities, and comprehensive discharge planning. Baptist Memorial Hospital-Huntingdon is committed to supporting the community by offering a broad range of health care services. The Senior Care program at Baptist Huntingdon is an important part of that community support. Senior Care is available 24 hours a day to assist older adults and their families. Warning signs that may indicate the need for treatment include:
- Severe memory loss
- Increased social withdrawal
- Suicidal thoughts
- Sleep disturbances
- Extreme fluctuations in weight
- Loss of interest in appearance
Senior Care focuses on patients with depression, manic depressive illness, dementia, acute psychoses and adjustment disorders of aging. Senior Care provides an individualized treatment program for each patient. A variety of approaches are used, including group, individual, and family counseling. In addition, Senior Care provides specialties such as physical and activity/recreational therapy.
Professional Staff and Support
Our multidisciplinary team includes psychiatrists, social workers, activity therapists, registered nurses, psychiatric technicians, and dietetic consultation. Primary care physicians are an active part of the medical management team. The patient's family is considered an important part of the management team and are encouraged to participate in the family conferences and discharge planning. Family participation helps patients continue to progress and retain the living skills learned through the program.
Preparing for Admission
People 65 years of age and older who could benefit from short-term inpatient mental health care, including those who have:
- Severe depression
- Sudden hallucinations, delusions, or illusions
- Noncompliance with prescribed mental health regimen
- Potential hazard to the person's health or life
- Sudden inability to cope with stressful situations or inability to perform daily activities
- Modification of psychotropic drugs
- Physicians, health care professionals, nursing care centers or family members may make a referral to the program.
- A confidential preadmission screening at no cost may be scheduled in the person's home or at the hospital.
- If appropriate for admission, the person is admitted by a licensed staff physician.
- Services for qualified patients are covered by Medicare and most major health insurance plans.
What to Bring
To help make the admission process even easier, we ask that you bring the following:
- Medicare or health insurance coverage card
- Advance directive form (living will)
- A list of current medications if you're being admitted from home
During admission, you will be asked to sign several consent forms, including consent to treatment form, patient bill of rights and advance directive form. If you are unable to sign these, a family member or responsible party must accompany you. Your case manager/social worker can help you with all the details of your insurance.
It is recommended that you bring the following items as approved by unit staff upon admission:
- 2-3 sets of clothes
- Comfortable shoes (without shoe laces)
- Personal toiletry items
Most hospital treatment services for patients who qualify for admission to Senior Care are covered by Medicare, commercial, and supplemental health insurance plans.
Patient Referral and Assessment
Physicians, mental health professionals, or family members may make referrals to Senior Care by contacting the program directly. The patient, if clinically appropriate after evaluation, is admitted and followed by a psychiatrist for treatment. The initial assessment is conducted by a Senior Care professional. The confidential assessment may include a preadmission telephone intake evaluation and/or personal evaluation. If you or someone you care about exhibits the symptoms listed above, you don't have to suffer alone. A confidential source of help is available at Senior Care. For evaluation and admission, please call 731-986-7080; phone lines are answered 24 hours a day. Our fax number is 731-986-7084.