Senior mental health
Mental health disorders continue to greatly influence our senior population, as Alzheimer's, dementia and mood disorders remain widespread in the senior community. Counselors and physicians are here to help seniors suffering from mental health problems that may include, memory loss, confusion or depression.
Behavioral health care for seniors in Southwest Virginia
We offer safe psychiatric care for seniors.
LewisGale Hospital Alleghany's Senior Transitions offers a calm environment for inpatient mental health services tailored to older adults. Because our priority is getting you stable and safe, referrals to our unit can come from doctors, caregivers, friends or family.
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Mental health symptoms and conditions we treat
Senior mental health issues can look different for each person and are sometimes caused by other conditions. Some of those conditions and symptoms may include:
- Illogical thoughts and behavior
- Inability to care for oneself
- Memory issues
- Panic attacks
- Poor nutrition
- Substance abuse and related issues
- Threatening or harmful behaviors
Our senior mental health services
Our mental health services support every level of emotional stability, offering everything from intense crisis intervention to outpatient maintenance during recovery.
Our senior psychiatry services
Treatment varies by patient, but components of our inpatient program may include:
- Crisis intervention
- Psychiatric triage, evaluation and differential diagnosis
- Medication stabilization
- Group therapy
- Family therapy and education
- Educational groups
- Activity therapy
- Individual psychotherapy
- Coping skills training
- Discharge planning
- Outpatient follow-up
Family members and loved ones are an important support tool for each individual's recovery, so we encourage their involvement throughout the care process. We welcome family during regular visiting hours and family sessions, and seek their input in treatment and discharge planning, with patient consent.
For continued support, our senior patients have access to other outpatient programs within HCA Virginia Health System.
Our multidisciplinary treatment team
Our program offers access to care from a team of specialists in varied disciplines. This team includes:
- Mental health technicians
- Recreational therapists
- Social workers
Visiting our senior mental health unit
Visitors can be a helpful part of emotional healing and support for our patients, so we want to make it easy for you to stop by.
Getting to Senior Transitions
Senior Transitions is located within our main hospital. The unit has regular visiting hours daily from 5:00pm to 6:30pm. Special visiting hours may be arranged upon request.
Visitors can use the main hospital entrance, which has ample parking available. After arrival, visitors can go to the fifth floor and ring the bell to be admitted into the unit.
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