The rapidly growing segment of senior citizens throughout the country has resulted in an opportunity for small acute care hospitals to meet a severe need in behavioral health services.
One in four older adults has a significant mental disorder, and this group of citizens are at increased risk, compared with younger adults, for receiving inadequate and inappropriate care. Without effective treatment, behavioral disorders in the elderly are associated with significant disabilities: impaired independent and community-based functioning, compromised quality of life, cognitive impairment, increased care giver stress, disability, increased mortality, and poor health outcomes.
ARH hospitals in Summers County, Mary Breckinridge, McDowell, and Morgan County offer Senior Care Programs. These hospitals provide a valuable resource for their communities and physicians to more effectively treat such disorders commonly found in the elderly.
* The President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health 2003
ARH helps Seniors cope with:
- Depressed Mood
- Unresolved Grief
- Anxiety, Nervousness
- Isolation and Loneliness
- Difficulty Coping with Health/Physical Changes
- Difficulty Concentrating
- Sleep and Appetite Changes
- Feelings of Hopelessness and Helplessness
- Low Self-Esteem
- Personality Changes
Senior Care at ARH is confidential, usually lasts for 6-12 weeks, and provides follow-up care after discharge. The ARH Senior Care Program is specifically designed for the senior citizens of our community.