When an aging person becomes unable to care for themselves, the responsibility falls on the people who love them. We all want our loved ones to be comfortable, but–if you’ve ever cared for a person with dementia, you already know–this is much more difficult than it sounds. Love and patience fall short if you don’t have a medical background in elder care. Every medication has side-effects. Every fun activity carries a risk. No matter how much you love a person with dementia alongside other mental health disorders, you can’t provide the care they need without a team of dedicated, trained individuals such as ours at Sunrise Vista.
During the later stages of the aging process, senescent individuals often experience psychological symptoms in response to certain physical illnesses. These symptoms can be difficult to detect, especially when the person is also suffering from dementia.
Physical and Mental Health Disorders
One common example of this phenomenon frequently affects elderly women who have contracted a urinary tract infection (UTI). Instead of the typical physical symptoms like frequent urination and abdominal pain, many older women have psychological reactions to urinary tract infections. These reactions often include disordered thinking, delusions, and frenetic rambling. An inexperienced clinician might mistake this for psychosis and fail to treat the underlying condition, causing the infection to get worse. In order to provide the appropriate antibiotics, a clinician will probably order a urine culture to determine exactly what type of bacteria is present. At our geriatric inpatient psychiatric program, we work with you to help you overcome these symptoms and treat your condition.
Mental Health in Elderly Patients
This can be extremely confusing to family members. If a person starts having delusions, you would expect them to be dealing with a psychological problem. Geriatric psychiatry examines the biological and psychological aspects of normal aging, the psychiatric effect of both chronic and acute physical illness, and the psychosocial aspects of primary psychiatric disturbance associated with aging. Our memory care psychologists primarily focus on preventing, evaluating, diagnosing, and treating mental health disorders and emotional disturbances in elderly patients.
Inpatient Health Services
A background in elder care alone is not enough to help elderly patients suffering from mood disorders, dementia, and other psychoses. Sunrise Vista provides the best inpatient eldercare psychology in the Canton, Ohio area. Our adult inpatient psychiatric program provides a structured evaluation and differential diagnosis of emotional and behavioral issues. We offer the absolute best in memory care nursing. Homes are comfortably and conveniently equipped, and all services are provided. Here are some integral components of our memory care program that we offer at Sunrise Vista:
- Cleaning and linen services
- Healthy, nutritious meals
- Medication management
- Sensory activities
- Modified activities calendar (adjusted to meet residents’ needs)
- Bathing assistance
- Assistance with routines (daytime and nighttime)
- Physical therapy and exercise
- Help with hygiene and personal care
- Regular visiting hours
- Scheduling appointments
In order to protect our vulnerable elderly residents, we work to make sure we treat them for both physical and mental health disorders. Patient comfort, safety, and happiness are our top priorities at our mental health program. At Sunrise Vista, we are committed to providing the highest level of care to our residents, especially when their physical and psychological conditions render them incapable of advocating for themselves. Elderly patients are some of the most vulnerable members of our community. They deserve the highest level of care.
Contact Sunrise Vista
We are thrilled to join the growing number of Ohio senior living communities adopting a psychology-based memory care program. Experiencing dementia and other mental health disorders is an extremely personal experience that is enhanced by small-group activities and compassionate individual assistance. Our personalized program ensures that people in our care never feel isolated or ignored. With the right people and amenities, a psychology-focused memory care nursing home can help your loved one live a happy, connected life. Give us a call at 844-942-3007 to get started. We’d be happy to discuss our availability and your individual situation. Together, we will determine whether our program will be a good fit for your loved one.