The outpatient program at the St. Anthony’s is an intensive, day program for adults 55 years and older. It is designed to treat people who are individuals living in the community, senior or assisted living communities and nursing homes. People who participate in the program may experience some of the following symptoms:
- Anxiety or excessive worry
- Frequent physical complaints
- Thoughts of suicide
- Loss of interest in regular activities
- Changes in sleeping patterns
- Decline in ability to care for self or home
- Isolation and withdrawal from friends and family
- Inability to concentrate, sudden decrease in intellectual functioning
- Feelings of helplessness and/or hopelessness
- Abuse of drugs, medications or alcohol
- Decrease in energy level
- Increased or decreased appetite
- Extended and extreme grief over a loss
The above symptoms are often accompanied by an overall decline in participation in daily routine and activities.
Patients attend daily groups usually run by therapists. The groups focus on:
- Education about mood disturbances
- Learning and practicing coping skills
- Developing a plan for managing symptoms
Participants also work individually with one of the therapists to develop personalized treatment plan. The therapist also interacts with family members, may hold family conferences and helps in setting up a care plan for the period following participation in the outpatient program.
Intensive outpatient participants see the psychiatrist at least once a week or more frequently, depending on their medication management needs. The psychiatrist works closely with the patient’s primary care physician and other treatment providers to assure open communication and continuity of care. The psychiatrist can also provide screening for dementia or other cognitive deficits and may make a referral for neuro-psychological testing that can be done on site.
Geriatric Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)
- The St. Anthony’s Hospital program runs 5 day a week
- The program is designed to meet the mental health treatment needs of patients who do not meet inpatient admission criteria.
- The PHP program runs Monday-Friday from 9:30am until 3:00pm.
A primary therapist will be assigned to the patient. The therapist will work closely with the patient to address their issues and with permission, will also work closely with his/her family and/or referral source towards discharge planning.
Several treatment modalities are offered that include, but are not limited to:
- Group Therapy, Individual Therapy, Family Therapy, Nursing Groups and Relapse Prevention Groups.
Patients are provided individualized treatment within a team framework. Members of the team include the patient, patient's psychiatrist, nurse, program therapist and psychiatric technicians/CNA.
Lunch is provided for patients free of charge.
PHP provides a safe, structured environment to allow the patient the opportunity to take risks, explore and develop positive coping skills, to enhance a sense of personal identity and to increase the patient's self-esteem and personal values.
Transportation is offered to patients who may have difficulty getting to the program.
Upon arrival, the patients meet the treatment staff. The patients see their psychiatrist at least once weekly while in PHP.
The PHP Daily program will Consists of:
- 9:30am — Morning Focus Group
- 10:30am — Morning Therapy Group
- 11:30am — Lunch
- 12:30pm — Afternoon Focus Group
- 1:30pm - Afternoon Therapy Group
- 2:30pm —Wrap-Up Group
Groups are primarily process, educational, experiential and didactic.
Group topics will consist of, but not limited to; stress management, discharge/weekend planning, loss resolution, life skills, medication education, and management of my illness.
Group work is designed to allow patients to work of a slower pace as needed in order to acquire the basic skills needed to process and assimilate new information and utilize their new skills.
Individual and family sessions are offered weekly. As much as the patient is willing to allow, family members, referral sources are including to assist with discharge planning.