Inpatient Care for Older Adults

The Senior Adult Program at Spring Mountain Sahara approaches the mental health issues of older adults with respect, care, and dignity, offering specialized, evidence-based treatment and stabilization of acute psychiatric and/or substance use issues.

Substance Use Detox Program

Older Adult Behavioral Health

Aging adults have specific needs, and mental illness can impact their lives in very unique ways. The goal of our program is to offer specialized care that helps patients improve coping skills and gain the insight and tools to help restore, maintain and enhance their quality of life as they experience major changes such as retirement, loss, bereavement, grief, loneliness and more.

The interdisciplinary treatment team at Spring Mountain Sahara includes doctors, nurses, psychiatrists and activity therapists who are all focused on making a transition to inpatient care approachable and comfortable for patients and their families. The team works with patients to develop an individualized treatment plan that considers all therapeutic, medical/physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs of patients. The ultimate goal is to get patients to have a greater sense of self-reliance and self-worth so they can move into a lower level of care.

Treatment Approach

Therapists regularly review plans with patients in detail and encourage active participation in treatment to make sure progress is being made day by day. Patients will participate in individual, family and group therapy to help them work through problems and find ways to cope with the changes in lifestyle they’ll continue to experience. A treatment plan can include some of the following modalities to encourage change and improvement:

Individual Therapy: A psychiatrist and a therapist will see patients on a regular basis. This is a time to work on specific issues to further enhance the progress toward achieving treatment goals.

Group Therapy: Helps patients understand the different major mental illnesses, and learn coping skills for various emotions, grief and loss. Helps develop healthy communication skills, self-esteem, social skills, family patterns for a better re-integration into the home, family and community.

Family Therapy: Sessions are held in person or by phone if needed for family members who are not in the local area. The goal of a family session is to incorporate the family’s needs and abilities to support patients upon discharge.

Medication Therapy & Management: The physician and the nursing staff will discuss the patient’s medications with them and their family before this treatment option is started. They will provide any needed information and feedback as treatment is continued.

Aftercare & Discharge: Therapist, family, and patients will formulate an aftercare plan to include continuing treatment as needed. Appointments for doctors and therapists will be set up prior to a patient’s return home.

Medical Needs

As a facility that specialize in the treatment of older adults, we support the following medical needs:

  • Assistance with hygiene, dress and ambulation
  • Urinary catheters
  • Oxygen therapy
  • Ostomy and stoma care on a case-by-case basis

An internist will complete a medical/physical evaluation of all senior patients upon admission to ensure that proper care and medical attention is received throughout treatment.

Senior Intensive Outpatient Program

The Senior Intensive Outpatient Program is designed for mature adults who are experiencing:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Addiction
  • Other mental health disorders

Our experienced staff utilize a client-centered, solution-focused approach to assist Seniors in managing & improving symptoms.

Our Seniors develop life skills such as:

  • Coping strategies & mindfulness
  • Communication skills & interpersonal effectiveness
  • Emotional regulation & distress tolerance
  • Ways to change our thinking & cognitive restructuring

IOP Schedule

  • Senior (50+)
  • Bus passes provided; Taxis provided for medical issues.
  • Monday / Wednesday / Friday 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

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