Psychiatry is a medical specialty devoted to the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of mental disorders including mood swings, general behavior, cognition, perception and more. Initial psychiatric assessments typically begins with the layout of an overall case history and mental status examination, and can sometimes also include physical examinations and psychological tests if/as needed.
Intensive Outpatient Program
At Sterling Group Senior Behavioral Health, we provide older adults with quality behavioral healthcare. Patients that come to our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) typically have Medicare Part B and a diagnosis such as Major Depressive Disorder and/or Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Our staff utilizes a multidisciplinary treatment team including a psychiatrist, a therapist, and a registered nurse to develop an individualized plan of treatment for each patient. Our Goal is to provide a safe environment for our patients to come and share their feelings with others that are experiencing similar issues.
Multidisciplinary Treatment Team
The Multidisciplinary Treatment Team meets once a week for patient treatment planning as well as discussing patient’s progress and any concerns. The therapist provides psychotherapeutic services to each patient that is admitted into the program.
After admission into the program, the therapist will complete a psychosocial assessment with the patient within 5 days. The therapist provides group therapy sessions 3 per treatment day. One group therapy session lasts 45 minutes and may have anywhere from 2 to 10 patients on average along with the therapist.
During these sessions the patients process thoughts and feelings as well as identify their individual progress towards treatment goals. The therapist also provides individual, family, and marital therapy as needed. These are typically 30 to 60-minute sessions Individualized treatment goals are focused on in these sessions.
The registered nurse meets with our patients daily to complete a daily nursing assessment. During this time, the nurse is evaluating each patient for any physical or emotional symptoms that are present. The RN also provides a daily nursing education group on topics such as relaxation, medication education, self-esteem, exercise promotion, pain management, problem solving, fall and safety precautions, smoking cessation, nutrition, discharge planning, medication compliance, social skills and many more. The RN monitors patients throughout the course of treatment to identify health needs, problems, and symptoms.
At Sterling Group Senior Behavioral Health, we provide aftercare for up to one year after graduation (discharge) from the program. During aftercare, the patient is contacted at 1 week, 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, 9 months and 1 year to identify progress and if re-assessment is needed.
A Typical Day
The following is the current daily schedule for Sterling Group Senior Behavioral Health patients:
9:00 – 9:30 – Check in & Refreshments
9:30 – 10:15 – Group I
10:15 – 10:30 – Break & Refreshments
10:30 – 11:15 – Group II
11:15 – 12:00 – Nursing Education
12:00 – 1:00 – Hot Lunch
1:00 – 1:45 – Group III