Ascension Saint Thomas Behavioral Health Hospital offers high-quality psychiatric care for senior adults age 65 and older through its senior inpatient program.
Seniors who participate in our inpatient program receive personalized care in a safe and encouraging setting. Our leading behavioral health hospital also features an expert staff that strives to empower seniors in our program to achieve the health and well-being they deserve.
About Our Senior Inpatient Program
In our senior inpatient program in Nashville, Tennessee, we provide clinically excellent care for older adults who are suffering from a range of mental health concerns. These include psychosis, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, anxiety disorders and neurocognitive disorders. We also support seniors who have mental illnesses and co-occurring addictions in our inpatient program.
The general goal of inpatient care is to help people stabilize and rebuild a sense of safety so that they can transition home or to a lower level of care. Inpatient programming can also help people acquire skills that may help them improve and maintain their health after they leave the hospital. Inpatient stays are usually quite brief, because the focus is on helping each person improve their well-being enough that they can step down to a less intensive form of care.
Adults in our senior inpatient program typically remain in treatment for about five to seven days. However, the exact length of stay in our program can vary based on a person’s needs and progress. When you participate in our senior inpatient program, you will work with our professionals to determine the therapeutic approaches and length of stay that make the most sense for you. Each person in our program follows a personalized care plan that we create for them based on their unique needs and therapeutic goals.
Some senior adults may step up to our inpatient program after receiving care at the outpatient level, while others may enter our program directly as the first step on their healing journeys.
Compassionate Care for Seniors in Nashville
The caring staff members at Ascension Saint Thomas Behavioral Health Hospital follow a clear mission, vision and set of values that guide everything they do, including the care they deliver in our senior inpatient program. Key elements of our team’s treatment philosophy and overall mission include:
- Providing services that promote health and well-being for our communities
- Responding to individual needs throughout the life cycle
- Delivering high-quality care for those who need it most
- Offering holistic care that nourishes the mind, body and spirit
Because our inpatient program for seniors provides many different approaches to healing, a senior adult in our program is likely to work with diverse professionals during their time with us. The multidisciplinary care team you may work with in our inpatient psychiatric program for seniors can include:
- Registered nurses
- Psychiatric nurse practitioners
- Social workers
- Behavioral health associates
Additionally, we offer experiential therapies in our senior program. If you participate in these interventions as part of your care plan, you may work with our recreational therapists or take part in programming with an art therapist or music therapist.
In our Nashville senior inpatient program, we understand the importance of providing focused, age-appropriate care for each person who heals with us. Additionally, our care teams specialize in delivering support for those who are struggling with concerns that frequently impact the senior population, including behavioral disturbances, mood disturbances and adjustment concerns.
Accessing Inpatient Services for a Senior Adult
Seeking inpatient care for yourself or a loved one can feel daunting and overwhelming. However, the benefits of getting timely support for a mental health concern can be immense. By receiving appropriate care as early as possible, you can improve your chances of experiencing long-term healing.
At Ascension Saint Thomas Behavioral Health Hospital, we aim to make the admissions process as comprehensive and efficient as possible. Our goal is to ensure that everyone who seeks our services can receive a thorough assessment of their needs and a recommendation for care so that they can get on the road to better health. Prospective patients, family members and referral sources can connect with our admissions team anytime, 24/7, to begin the assessment process.
Our assessment process involves a detailed evaluation, which seniors and their family members can access by walk-in visit or by making an initial phone call to our team. The evaluation is designed to help us understand the individual’s needs and determine how we can best serve them through our programming. Once someone begins receiving care in our senior inpatient program, our intake assessment also helps inform the details of their individualized care plan and discharge plan.
In addition to offering assessments, our admissions team is available to answer any question you have and provide more details about our programming. We want to help determine whether our hospital is right for you and empower you to make the best decisions for your future.
Features of Our Tennessee Senior Inpatient Program
Our inpatient behavioral health program for seniors offers evidence-based therapies and personalized services to promote lasting healing for each older adult.
In our senior inpatient program, someone’s individualized care plan can include the following therapies and services:
- Basic medical care: Seniors in our program can meet with medical staff upon admission and then as needed throughout their stay. Depending on a person’s needs, our medical interventions can include oxygen, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) and care for preexisting medical conditions.
- Medication management services: Senior patients may meet with a psychiatrist daily to receive support for any medications they are taking as part of their care plan. Additionally, patients may receive medication management support from our nursing staff members, who assist in monitoring and administering medications.
- Detox: On-site medical detox services are available for those who are struggling with co-occurring substance use concerns.
- Group therapy: Our senior program features three to four group therapy sessions per day. Typical groups include process, psychoeducational and activity groups. Our group sessions explore a range of focused topics, such as coping skills, self-esteem, healthy boundaries and positive communication.
- Experiential therapies: We offer experiential therapies twice a day in our senior inpatient program. Experiential therapy offerings can include art, music and recreational therapies with our expert staff.
We’re pleased to offer senior patients a range of therapies that can allow for different paths to well-being. Our programming combines evidence-based modalities, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), with expressive therapies. This approach offers seniors the chance to benefit from traditional therapies while also engaging in creative approaches to healing.
Benefits of Inpatient Programming for Senior Adults
Participating in inpatient care can help seniors address the challenges they’ve been facing and receive emotional support. Inpatient programming also offers a structured environment and round-the-clock care, which may be hugely beneficial in helping someone regain their health.
Every senior adult who takes part in our program has an individualized experience. However, in general, our inpatient programming can offer the following benefits:
- Opportunities to develop healthy coping skills and self-esteem
- Access to peer support during group sessions
- Education about mental illnesses and self-care strategies
- Support and guidance from qualified professionals
Additionally, our aftercare planning services are an important part of our senior inpatient program and can offer vital benefits. Aftercare planning at our hospital is a collaborative process that involves the input of the multidisciplinary care team, which can include the patient’s physician, social workers and nursing staff. Additionally, we involve the patient themselves and, if appropriate, their support person in planning for a smooth and successful discharge.
Depending on your needs, your discharge plan in our senior inpatient program may include referrals for structured services, like an intensive outpatient program or partial hospitalization program, or an appointment with a therapist or medication management provider. Regardless of your individual next steps, our goal is to help you progress on your healing journey. We also follow up with patients within 72 hours of discharge to help ensure their smooth transition out of inpatient care.
Why Choose Our Hospital
Ascension Saint Thomas Behavioral Health Hospital is a state-of-the-art facility that offers a welcoming environment and a range of patient amenities. Our inpatient facility features semiprivate rooms for patients and outdoor recreation areas. We also have an off-unit cafe serving three meals a day.
Ascension Saint Thomas Behavioral Health Hospital aims to be the premier mental healthcare provider for residents of Nashville and surrounding counties. Located close to Nashville’s downtown area, our hospital offers convenience and comfort for those we serve. We are close to Interstate 65 and not far from Germantown, and our location is within driving distance of Nashville International Airport.
All our services, including our specialized program for seniors, are guided by our commitment to transforming healthcare for our communities. We embrace values of service, trust, excellence and innovation, and we strive to treat each person with the dignity and respect they deserve.
If you would like to learn more about senior inpatient psychiatric care at our hospital, we invite you to contact us today.
This content was written on behalf of and reviewed by the clinical staff at Ascension Saint Thomas Behavioral Health Hospital.