As an individual progresses toward an optimal level of functioning, the behavioral health treatment team works closely with family, significant friends and outside providers to develop a personalized aftercare plan. Masonicare strives to assure gains made during hospitalization are maintained after discharge, and collaboration with a patient’s community physician plays a key role for positive outcomes. Education and support is also provided to family members—which is vital, considering many assume caregiver roles.
Aging brings unique challenges. Declines in physical and cognitive functioning, the loss of a family member and decreased independence may trigger new mental health challenges—or exacerbate underlying ones. The dedicated team at Masonicare’s Geriatric Psychiatric Acute Care Hospital provides care for individuals experiencing acute mental health and behavioral issues later in life.
Patients are typically ages 65 and older and are experiencing acute psychiatric symptoms or behaviors that interfere with care at home or in a skilled nursing facility.
Diagnoses and symptoms that are treated at Masonicare include:
- Dementia accompanied by behavioral disturbances
- Major depression
- Bipolar disorder
- Anxiety disorders
- Psychotic disorders
- Suicidal ideation
The 24/7 direct admission process at Masonicare eliminates a lengthy emergency room wait; seniors quickly enter the unit’s private and supportive atmosphere. Treatment starts immediately, with a comprehensive clinical evaluation—this includes identifying behaviors assessed for underlying medical or chemical origins. Once acute symptoms have stabilized, behavioral interventions, medications and therapeutic activities are integrated into the patient’s plan of care. The average length of stay is 10 to 14 days.
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Specialized Treatment in a Safe Environment
Most behavioral health patients at Masonicare also have complex medical needs that require the expertise of a highly skilled team. Our experienced clinical and support staff have chosen geriatric behavioral health as their specialty, and they pride themselves on providing quality, compassionate care. The Masonicare team includes:
- Geriatric psychiatrists
- Behavioral health nurses
- Medical social workers
- Occupational therapists
- Recreation therapists
- Certified nurses’ aides