Aging brings many joys—grandchildren, more free time in retirement, and wisdom gained over the decades. But, at the same time, our older years can also bring the loss of loved ones, stresses of age-related health concerns, or diminished self-esteem.
Allen County Regional Hospital’s Senior Life Solutions program, an intensive group counseling program for individuals over age 65, aims to provide assistance to people who are dealing with emotional or behavioral issues often related to aging. If you or someone you know suffers from any of the following, this program might be right for you.
- Coping with loss
- Decreased energy
- Difficulty sleeping
- Low self-confidence
Following an individual assessment, group participants meet three times per week in a supportive, encouraging setting. The program staff includes a board-certified psychiatrist, licensed clinical social worker, a registered nurse, and other professionals dedicated to the emotional well being of the seniors in our community.
Allen County Regional Hospital began offering the program in June 2015, and it has quickly filled an important community need. Family members, physicians, or other health professionals can refer individuals to the program.
For more information about Senior Life Solutions, contact our caring and dedicated staff at (620) 365-1280.
Senior Life Solutions, Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), is an intermediate level of health care treatment for senior adults primarily age 65 and older. Individuals are seen as a group, with treatment usually starting with 3 treatment days each week for approximately 4 hours each day.
The IOP is more intensive than traditional outpatient treatment and is designed to address such problems as, but not limited to: depression, anxiety, sleep disturbances, social withdrawal, or interpersonal conflicts. The patient is offered services by a multi-disciplinary team of caring, experienced behavioral health professionals, which include a physician, licensed therapist, and nurse.
Services offered by Senior Life Solutions include: A confidential, comprehensive, psychiatric evaluation, group and individual therapy, family therapy, medication education, psychiatric medication management, dietary consults, resource development, and discharge planning. Each participant receives an individualized treatment plan that reflects his or her goals and objectives.
Reports are sent to each participant’s primary care physician, who will also be consulted regarding medication changes as needed.
Group therapy is a type of psychotherapy that involves one or more therapists working with several people at the same time. Group members help each other by sharing information, as well as their strengths, which can boost self-esteem and confidence. By interacting with other members and receiving feedback from the group and the therapist, each member of the group gains a greater understanding of him or herself.
A Senior Life Solutions clinician can provide a confidential assessment to determine if you are eligible for the program.