PMH Senior Care helps senior citizens with mental health issues
Tuesday, 26 January 2016 23:42

Pulaski Memorial Hospital's new Senior Care program can help senior citizens with mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, fear and worry lasting more than two weeks. It also assists with grief issues.

Program director Mindy Shidler, RN, hopes to spread information about the Senior Care program throughout the community.

"We can give presentations on our program in Pulaski and surrounding counties as needed," she reports.

The program offers a free initial assessment, and a follow-up with the patient's primary provider through the course of treatment. Treatment is individualized with the department's therapist. The program offers individual, group and family sessions.

For instance, with conditions such as depression, it's natural to experience some grief in the face of major life changes. However, clinical depression doesn't go away by itself, and can last for months unless treated with the help of a professional. Unresolved depression not only diminishes quality of life, it can affect the immune system, making patients more susceptible to other illnesses.

Pulaski Memorial Hospital Senior Care can offer hope in the midst of the anxiety, grief and depression that can result in the course of aging.

This new service for adults 65 and over offers:

  • A multidisciplinary treatment team, including your family doctor, a nurse manager and a therapist
  • A treatment plan created with only you in mind; you will be involved in every step along the way
  • Different, confidential therapy options - individual, marital, family and group
  • Help identifying unhealthy coping mechanisms
  • Effective strategies for handling the challenges of aging

For more information and a free consultation, please call 574-946-0386.