Baptist Health System Senior Care program offers a comprehensive approach to healing.

We take a holistic view through the assessment and treatment of the physical, emotional, spiritual and lifestyle changes that come with age. Care is administered through our clinical team of professionals lead by a geriatric psychiatrist and consisting of nurses, social workers and technicians who are specially trained in psychiatric care. 

We place great value upon family involvement in the treatment process by urging family members to participate as much as possible in the program we provide. Throughout treatment our social worker will maintain contact with the family and arrange for family therapy as needed. We believe that a patient's recovery is enhanced when the family participates in the treatment process.

According to the Geriatric Mental Health Foundation, older adults with a variety of concerns seek psychiatric services for the first time later in life. These include, but are not limited to, dementia, depression and anxiety. We accept patients ages 60 and older at Citizens, Princeton, Shelby and Walker Baptist Medical Centers. 

The Senior Care program can help you, review treatment options, Identify care needs and determine the best treatment option, address immediate safety needs and navigate the crisis. 

Signs and symptoms

Signs and symptoms that a loved one may be experiencing an emotional illness include:
- Insomnia or too much sleep
- Unusual behavior
- Poor appetite or overeating
- Disregard for personal appearance
- Impaired judgment
- Suicidal thoughts
- Forgetfulness, confusion or disorientation
- Trouble completing ordinary tasks 

Baptist Health System Senior Units programs focus on individualized treatment plans, education and counseling for both patient and family members; and assisting in the transition from hospital to home care with emphasis on the least restrictive environment necessary for preserving the patient's quality of life.

Help is Only a Phone Call Away

Our treatment teams stand ready to assess the extent of these problems and to provide a pathway to restoration and renewal. Free confidential assessments are available to help the individual, family and/or facility determine if there is a need for our services. The assessment is performed by a healthcare professional in consultation with the medical director and a referral made to the unit or another appropriate source of help. To arrange for an assessment for admission please call our unit.
 Upon Discharge
Our goal is to help maintain the progress made while in the Senior Care Program. The treatment team will work closely with the patient and family to develop an aftercare plan. This plan will include the most appropriate living arrangement for the patient after discharge. A community based program, assisted living facility, personal home care or nursing home may be suggested and our staff will assist the patient and family in making necessary arrangements

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