As people grow older, they may suffer many losses – spouse, family members, friends, health, mobility, status, respect from others and ultimately, self-respect. They may feel that their struggle for control is a losing battle. Growing old does not mean that emotional despair is an acceptable condition. This downward spiral is not necessarily part of life but a treatable condition. The quality of life can be renewed as feelings are changed to hope, joy and inner peace. Anxiety, depression, lack of motivation and sadness can be minimized or resolved.
Why is senior care needed?
Senior adults often face unique emotional problems including
- Adjusting to declining physical health
- Crying spells and/or explosive anger
- Debilitating problems with grief and loss
- Deterioration of daily living skills
- Difficulty coping with change
- Feelings of anxiety and depression
- Loneliness and isolation
- Negative changes in sleeping and eating habits
- Strained family relationships
- Strong sense of hopelessness often accompanied by suicidal thinking
- Trouble adjusting to retirement
How can Senior Renewal help?
Senior Renewal provides the flexibility of receiving care for emotional issues, including depression, anxiety and ‘nerves,’ while living at home. An individualized plan of care is developed to treat the senior’s unique needs.
Senior Renewal provides an intensive level of treatment without the high cost or inconvenience of hospitalization. Through education and therapy, patients gain insight into their illnesses and learn coping skills.
What happens when I call?
When a call is made to Senior Renewal, the patient will be scheduled for a confidential assessment by a qualified professional in the privacy of his or her own home or other mutually agreed upon location.
Is there a physician involved
As part of the preliminary assessment, a specially-trained physician meets with the participant and/or family and it is decided if the person meets the clinical criteria to participate.
If approved to participate, the physician prescribes the service level and frequency of treatment based on symptoms and severity. The physician also meets with patients intermittently throughout their treatment to evaluate medication needs and discuss treatment goals. He also regularly forwards progress notes to the patient’s healthcare provider(s).
What activities are included?
Services will vary depending on circumstances, symptoms and goals but could include:
- Education by a specially trained nurse
- Group therapy with other senior adults struggling with similar issues
- Individual counseling
- Medications may be prescribed (under certain circumstances)
- Nutritious meal each day of treatment
- Regular communication with family members
- Regular meetings with assigned case managers
When are activities available?
Activities are offered at the HealthPlex at St. Joseph’s in Breese during business hours.
How long will treatment last?
Everyone receives individualized services as outlined in his or her care plan as determined by the physician, the treatment team and the individual. As progress is made, the physician will gradually reduce the number of weekly visits.
What about transportation?
For those who do not have transportation, assistance is available.
Does insurance cover this?
Senior Renewal is covered by most commercial insurance companies and Medicare, as well as many supplemental insurances. The hospital Business Office can answer specific questions.
What is the first step?
To receive more information, schedule a confidential assessment or make a referral, call Senior Renewal at 618.526-5699 or email Sandy Radford.
Staff will request some information and promptly schedule an appointment for you, your friend or loved one. All initial screenings are complimentary. Senior Renewal works closely with referring healthcare professionals so there is timely communication with families, physicians, social service agencies and others.
What is the Senior Renewal treatment philosophy?
The qualified team of physicians, therapists, nurses and technicians is dedicated to the core values — Care, Respect, Competence and Joy — of St. Joseph’s Hospital and the Hospital Sisters Health System.
Each of the staff members is responsible for ensuring that Senior Renewal patients receive respect, consideration and the highest quality of appropriate care.
We strive to serve our patients and their families with a personal warmth and focus. We work to return each participant to the peak of his or her individual capabilities.
- Restoring quality of life by respecting each person as a unique individual;
- Valuing the individual’s specific needs and the role of the family as a whole;
- Committing to excellence in treatment;
- Having an ongoing plan for care and support
For more information, contact
Senior Renewal Program Director Sandy Radford
or phone 618-526-5699.