As people age, their health needs often become more complicated. Medical problems, such as arthritis and high blood pressure, are common. But so are emotional challenges, including the loss of a spouse and/or living on a declining income. These dilemmas can combine to rob seniors of their health and independence, but help is available.
The Geriatric Program at Mesilla Valley Hospital provides comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for individuals experiencing emotional, cognitive and/or behavioral distress. Symptoms may include memory loss, mood disturbances, anxiety or difficulty with loss and transition, or behavioral conditions that interfere with care at home or in a long-term setting. The goal of treatment is to relieve symptoms and improve quality of life.
The program’s multidisciplinary approach draws upon a full range of evaluative techniques, including:
- Psychiatric, psychosocial and functional skills assessments
- Psychological evaluations
- Internal medicine consultations
- Comprehensive discharge planning
Specialized treatment by teams of trained staff may include:
- Individual and group psychotherapy
- Expressive therapy
- Board Certified Psychiatrist
- Dedicated Care Coordinator
- Social Worker/Therapist
- Registered Nurses
- Adjunctive Therapist
- Certified Nursing Assistants
- Outdoor areas for activities
- Full gym
- Arts and Crafts
Criteria for admission:
- 55 years or older
- Ambulatory (preferred)*
- Ability to perform Activities of Daily Living (ADL’s) (preferred)*
- Providing services to patients coming from nursing homes will require assurance that the nursing facility agrees to accept this patient back after treatment has been completed at Mesilla Valley Hospital.
*Each request for admission will be reviewed and evaluated on an individual basis.