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Depression isn’t a natural part of aging.

Of the 40 million Americans age 65 and over, about 7.5 million have a mental health disorder (such as depression, anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia). This number is expected to grow as the number of older people increases. Many older adults with mental illness suffer needlessly. They may not have been diagnosed or are receiving inadequate or, worse, no treatment.  (John A. Hartford Foundation, 2012) And though many believe that depression is just a natural part of the aging process, it is not.

LightHouse has a specially trained and credentialed cadre of nurses who specialize in behavioral care for seniors with problems with depression, anxiety, who are coping with losses, or who have underlying emotional, behavioral, or psychosocial issues.  We use an approach that integrates physical health care with behavioral health care so all aspects of a patient’s health condition are screened, assessed, and treated in a holistic care plan.

Psychiatric nursing care is a covered Medicare home health benefit bound by the same CMS regulations that define other types of home care.

LHBHWhat is unique about psychiatric home health care?

It’s not often provided in traditional home care. It’s rare. And that’s the unfortunate thing because we believe that when the psychosocial and mental health issues are addressed, patients recover faster.  We provide specialized in-home psychiatric nursing care for seniors and their families who are experiencing medical challenges or who require additional support.  

Using our integrated model at LightHouse, patients may receive both medical and psychiatric nursing care in the home using a holistic, multi-disciplinary approach.  This true coordination of care meets a highly underserved need in our community.  

 


Some of the interventions and goals that you and the psychiatric team may work toward include:

 


 

If you are a senior experiencing difficulties with mental health issues, and you want help with these issues, contact us today.

                                                             

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