McCurtain Memorial Hospital has a 14-bed Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit designed exclusively for the treatment of older adults. New Directions is a geriatric treatment program dedicated to serving the emotional, cognitive, and behavior needs of older adults. Our unit allows us to provide individualized care in a homelike environment.
Aging presents many challenges, both to the individual and to family members. Declining physical and mental capabilities can often become stresses and barriers to successful aging. There are challenges that the older generation is often unable to resolve, such as decreasing physical or mental capabilities, the inability to live independently, or the loss of lifetime companions. The older adult may react to these situations by displaying apathy, confusion, or forgetfulness that may be misinterpreted as normal behaviors of aging.
The truth is that although these behaviors may frequently be experienced by older adults, they are not always a normal part of aging. With effective therapy and coping skills, independence can be maintained or improved to provide a more satisfactory lifestyle.
For any questions, please contact:
Jennifer Watson, RN BSN
Behavioral Health Patient Care Director