Mercy Opens New Program

Hospital Department Addresses Senior Mental Health

Posted: June 19, 2013 at 5 a.m.

Dean Park, left, and Shirley Park take a tour Tuesday of the senior behavioral health unit at Mercy Medical Center in Rogers guided by Deann Thompson, right, a registered nurse. A dedication of the unit was held Tuesday morning.

A new Senior Behavioral Health Program opens Monday on the seventh floor of Mercy Medical Center.

At A Glance

The Program

Mercy’s Senior Behavioral Health Program is an 18-bed unit serving a growing geriatric population with hospital-based care. It is geared to patients  55 and older with disorders disrupting their lives or who may be at risk of hurting themselves or others.

Areas of treatment:

• Severe depression, anxiety

• Suicidal thoughts

• Unresolved grief issues

• Changes in eating and sleeping patterns

• Anger, irritability

• Paranoia, hallucinations, delusions, crying

• Agitation, combative behavior

• Behavioral disturbances accompanying dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

• Disorientation

Source: Mercy Medical Center

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