Mental illness can affect persons of
any age, children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly, and
can occur in any family. Older adults frequently have to
cope with big changes in their lifestyle. The emotional
upheaval associated with life changes such as retirement,
loss, bereavement, grief, loneliness, fixed incomes, lack of
exercise, increasing isolation, dependence on social
services, increased insomnia, and multiple illnesses may
often trigger the onset of depression.
Admission into an inpatient setting can be overwhelming for
patients and their loved ones. Staff members want to assist
you in making this admission as smooth and easy as possible.
The staff members at Spring Mountain Sahara include doctors, nurses, therapists
and activity therapists. Together they form the
“Inter-Disciplinary Treatment Team”. The Inter-Disciplinary
Treatment Team’s main responsibility is the development of
the individualized treatment plan, known as the “Master
Treatment Plan.” The plan considers all your needs,
including: therapeutic, medical/physical, recreational,
social, emotional, cultural, and spiritual needs. The Team
meets with you to design the plan and then meets again weekly to
discuss progress and issues that may arise, or changes that
need to be made. Your
therapist will go over your plan with you in detail
and encourage your active participation in treatment.
All treatment plans are
individualized and based on each person’s abilities. An
“Individual Program” is a unique individualized
intervention, providing assessment and monitoring of
patients who are not responding to day-to-day living in the
community. These programs are developed by the Treatment
Team and become a part of the Master Treatment Plan. The
goal of these programs are to help patients learn
appropriate and safe coping skills to manage themselves and
others within the community, and replace socially
unacceptable behaviors with ones that help patients interact
with themselves and others more successfully.
You may benefit from medication therapy. Medication therapy
is assessed and monitored by the attending physician. The
physician and the nursing staff will discuss your
medications with you and your family before this treatment
option is started. They will provide any needed information
and feedback as treatment is continued.
You will be participating in individual, family and group
therapy. All are designed to help you work through various
problems and issues in your life. You are strongly
encouraged to take advantage of all treatment opportunities.
Your psychiatrist along with your therapist will
see you on a regular basis. This is a time to work on
specific issues to further enhance the progress toward
achieving your treatment goals.
During group therapy you will understand the different major
mental illnesses, coping skills for various emotions, grief
and loss, healthy communication skills, self esteem and
social skills, family patterns, and re-integration into the
home, family and community.
Family therapy sessions are held in person or by phone if
needed for family members who are not in the local area. The
goal of family session is to incorporate your families needs
and abilities to support your needs upon discharge.
As you meet the goals and objectives on your treatment plan,
you will be actively preparing to leave the acute care
setting. After being informed of your discharge date you are
expected to participate fully in program activities until
the day of discharge.
Your therapist, family, and you will formulate an aftercare
plan to include continuing treatment as needed. Appointments
for doctors and therapists will be set up prior to your
Spring Mountain Sahara will
provide you with a safe, predictable, organized, supportive,
and caring environment, which we believe, are vital in the
treatment of the older adult with mental illness.
calls are confidential.
Staff are available to schedule an appointment
24 hours per day, 7 days per week.