Inpatient Mental Health and Medical Detoxification For Seniors
Every day of life should be lived fully. But the changes that come with aging can be challenging, making it difficult to enjoy life – not only for those who are growing older, but also for their family members.
Generations Can Help
Generations is a short-term, inpatient psychiatric program for adults age 55 and older. Generations will help patients:
- Understand symptoms
- Explore the causes of their condition
- Learn techniques for reducing stress and managing their response to their illness
Generations focuses on patients who have concerns or needs such as:
- Mood disorders such as major depression and bipolar disorder
- Anxiety disorders such as generalized anxiety disorder, panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder
- Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, including hallucinations and delusions
- Alzheimer’s and other dementias
- Social role changes and phase of life transitions
- Grief and loss issues
- Substance related and other co-occurring addictive disorders
- Emotional and mental health problems related to other medical conditions
- Medication adjustments
Anyone may make a referral. Most are made by physicians, nursing homes, assisted living centers, mental health professionals, members of the clergy, friends or family members. Often times, patients will self-refer.
The primary care physician may refer patients directly to our program and can also choose to be a part of the treatment team. All patients are assigned to the care of a board certified or board eligible psychiatrist. As needed, each patient is assigned a second physician (family doctor or specialist) whose role is to address any medical concerns while the patient is on the unit. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of treatment, we ask that questions and requests about the patient’s progress and treatment be directed to the patient’s therapist, social worker or nurse.
Family members are considered to be an important part of the treatment process, and each patient’s therapist will schedule family conferences and discharge planning with the family and the patient. Generally, family sessions are once a week. We recommend that all families participate in family support groups through NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness). Information on how to access these groups can be found at namioklahoma.org or by calling them at 405-230-1900.
Generations staff understand that life changes in this age group require special treatment and interventions for optimal outcomes. We offer comprehensive care that addresses each individual’s specific needs in order to maximize cognitive and emotional functioning and to enhance the patient’s quality of life. Our multi-disciplinary treatment team consists of psychiatrists; primary care physicians (as needed); licensed mental health professionals, social workers, case managers, psychiatric nurses, recreational therapists and mental health technicians. Clinical programming includes:
- Daily visits by staff psychiatrist
- Individual and group therapies tailored to each patient’s level of functioning
- Family participation in discharge planning and family therapy as consented to by the patient
- Family support and education groups
- Exercise and relaxation groups
- Activities/recreational therapies
- Psychosocial education groups
- Reminiscence therapy and reorientation groups
- Spirituality - access to hospital chaplains
- Medical consultation as needed
- Patient progress reports are provided to referral sources via phone, fax or mail upon request and as consented to by the patient
- Outpatient follow-up is arranged prior to discharge of all patients and behavioral management plans are sent to referral sources at discharge for those with behavior problems
- discharging to another care setting.
- 24-hour licensed nursing staff includes registered nurses on duty during all shifts
- A licensed mental health professional is on call nights and weekends and is available for assessments and admissions through our INTEGRIS and other contracted Emergency Departments
- Our referral assistance process enables us to assist patients in finding alternate services if our program is at capacity or if the patient does not meet admission criteria.
Assessment and Admission
Prior to admission to our program, patients must be evaluated and medically cleared through an emergency department. If medically cleared, the initial assessment is conducted by a licensed mental health professional. If deemed to meet criteria for inpatient hospitalization, the patient will be admitted to the unit by the INTEGRIS Mental Health staff psychiatrist.
INTEGRIS Generations accepts Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance as well as private pay. Typically these payors will cover both hospital and physician charges. Standard deductibles and co-insurance may apply and payment is contingent on patient meeting the payors’ medical necessity criteria for acute inpatient hospitalization or medical detoxification. For assistance with financial arrangements, please contact the INTEGRIS Customer Service Center at 877-259-3388.
TELL YOUR PHYSICIAN IF …
- you have trouble functioning
- you can’t think straight or make decisions
- you’ve gained or lost weight as a result of your situation
- you have trouble sleeping or you sleep too much
- you’re using drugs or alcohol to cope
- you’re angry or sad almost all of the time
- you’ve limited where you go or what you do
- you experience sudden mental or behavioral changes
- you don’t enjoy life.
Family physicians and other primary care providers are often the first to recognize the symptoms of stress overload, anxiety disorders, depression and substance abuse. An estimated seven out of 10 office visits are for stress or anxiety-related complaints.
Patients at particular risk include those who have …
- experienced significant trauma (accidents, violence)
- been diagnosed with a chronic illness or have chronic pain
- had a recent significant health challenge (heart surgery, cancer)
- experienced major life changes (death, divorce, family or financial difficulties)
- symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, insomnia, aches or pains
- headaches, muscle tension, lethargy/fatigue with no readily identifiable underlying medical condition.
Left untreated, these conditions not only affect the patient’s quality of life, but also can significantly impact a patient’s physical health.
At INTEGRIS Mental Health we believe that we all want to live well. Every day of life should be lived fully. But the changes that come with aging can be challenging, making it difficult to enjoy life - not only for those who are growing older, but also for those charged with their care.
If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide or is a danger to themselves or others
- Call 9-1-1 and request a CIT officer
- Go to the nearest emergency room
- Or, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
Important and Helpful Information for Patients and Visitors
Please call the treating facility to request information on visiting hours.
Because we value patient confidentiality, unit doors are kept locked and visitors are required to sign in. There is a two visitor limit per patient during visiting hours and children younger than age 14 are not allowed. Purses, cell phones, cameras and weapons are not permitted on the unit during visitation and scheduled family meetings. Please make arrangements to secure these items prior to visitation – you will not be permitted on the unit with any of these items.
Phone Use and Emergency Messages
Patients may use the phone between therapy sessions until 10 p.m. Calls can be made and received at several patient phones throughout the unit and assistance is available if needed. Loved ones can reach patients by calling Generations at 405-644-5008 and requesting transfer to one of the patient phones.
Patients are welcome to bring personal items; however, some belongings may be kept at the nurses’ station for safety. We encourage patients to leave jewelry and items of value at home as we cannot be responsible for lost or stolen personal items.
All clothing and personal items are checked in and labeled at the time of admission. Please notify the staff of these items: eye glasses, contact lenses, dentures, hearing aids and prostheses.
Patients may choose to wear their own clothing during their stay. We suggest enough clothes for three days and nights. We launder the clothing on the unit daily or families can choose to launder at home. Please bring clothing that does not have strings, laces, belts or long straps as these are not permitted on the unit for the safety of all of our patients.
Generations is an inpatient behavioral health program providing diagnosis, evaluation and treatment for senior adults. Generations programs are available at the following INTEGRIS facilities:
The program is comprised of individualized assessment and treatment planning, therapeutic daily activities, comprehensive discharge planning and aftercare.
INTEGRIS Health and the Generations program are both fully accredited by the Joint Commission.