Healthy Aging & Behavioral Health

healthy aging and behavioral healthAt Lakeview Regional Medical Center, we offer a wide range of services to seniors in our community. Senior health problems are typically complex and require treatment by multidisciplinary team of dedicated professionals who coordinate care in a variety of settings across the continuum-the physician’s office, the hospital, and the nursing home.

Lakeview Regional Medical Center recognizes the value in working closely with other geriatric care providers and is committed to partnering with families, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other providers to meet the needs of our aging population.

Senior Services

Our facility offers a wide range of services for older adults. We streamline admitting and discharge procedures, allowing for fast and worry-free admission to our hospital for patients arriving from the nursing homes or assisted living facilities, including bedside registration. Common geriatric problems treated by our team of professionals include:

  • Adverse drug reactions
  • Alzheimer’s and other dementias
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Depression, anxiety, and mood disorders
  • Difficulty coping with memory loss
  • Geriatric fractures
  • Impaired mobility
  • Joint replacement surgery
  • Memory loss and confusion
  • Neurological disorders
  • Osteoporosis
  • Respiratory illness
  • Spinal surgery
  • Wound and ulcer management

Whatever the problem, our team of healthcare professionals will work with each patient and his or her family to relieve the symptoms while providing a safe, comfortable environment where care and services are carried out in a responsive way.

Senior Behavioral Health

The Senior Behavioral Health program is Lakeview Regional Medical Center’s inpatient geriatric-psychiatric program for short-term care. It is a hospital-based program for individuals 55+ who are experiencing emotional or behavioral problems. The 16-bed unit is specially designed to meet the needs of geriatric-psychiatric patients. The program provides compassionate, short-term, comprehensive care for older patients in a secure, caring setting. This unique program was developed to assist individuals in dealing with grief, physical disabilities, emotional problems, or later-life issues that interfere with daily functioning and family relations.

Individual Treatment Plans

Psychiatrists, physicians, nurses, social workers, and other healthcare professionals develop a treatment plan based on the individual needs for the patient. Treatment options help individuals renew social, physical, and mental skills. Treatment plans, which are monitored closely and updated when necessary, may include counseling, group therapy, and coordinated activities.

Specialized Services

Lakeview uses a comprehensive approach to address the needs of seniors and their families. Services include: Continued Care Planning, Diagnostic Assessments, Family Conferences, Family Education, Group Therapy, Independent Living Skills Education, Individual Therapy, Medication Management, Patient Education, Physical Therapy, Recreational Therapy, Registered Dietitian Services and Social Worker Consultation.

Admission Criteria

Admission requirements include persistence of presenting symptoms, a reasonable expectation that the illness will respond to continued treatment and evidence that inpatient hospitalization provides the most effective level of care appropriate for the client.

Any physician, mental health profession, family member or concerned individual may make referrals to Lakeview Regional Medical Center. Call (985) 867-3930 to learn more about the inpatient geriatric-psychiatric program. All calls are kept confidential.

Inpatient Programs

Lakeview Regional Medical Center works closely with nursing homes, assisted living centers, home health agencies, and rehabilitation hospitals so that the transition from facility to facility is as smooth as possible. We have a team of hospital physicians who are prepared to accept 24-hour transfers, 7 days per week. Our Emergency Room physicians work closely with physicians admitting from other senior health facilities. Some other systems used to provide excellent inpatient care include:

  • One-call system transfers. Only one phone number to call when a resident is sent to our facility, 24-hours per day, 7 days per week.
  • Barcode scanning of medications, the industry gold standard, virtually eliminating medication errors.
  • Rapid-response teams for quick response to patient condition
  • Instant, electronic transfer of information to and from facilities
  • In-house rehabilitation therapy services
  • Complete line of specialist physicians
  • Detailed discharge planning involving family
  • Expedited discharge procedure
  • Medication reconciliation

Nursing Home Programs

To our nursing homes, we are here to serve you. You are important to this community and we stand by your side in caring for our seniors. We provide quality physical therapy, laboratory and radiological services with fast results here at our facility.

Outreach services and consultations to nursing homes are offered by quality professionals who can provide caring treatment to nursing home patients with multiple health issues. In addition to offering on-site consultation and education, outreach services include on-site blood collection for ordered laboratory tests.

Our professional healthcare team is committed to returning geriatric patients to their maximum mental and emotional function, while optimizing independence and quality of life.

We want to thank you for your service to our seniors. Together we can make a difference here on the Northshore.