Senior Adult Program


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 returning home.

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.


Staff are available to schedule an appointment
24 hours per day, 7 days per week.