You At Your Best

December 2017 • Senior Celebrations

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BY SARAH HANEY NWA DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE Springwoods Behavioral Health, of Fayetteville, hopes to provide quality behavioral healthcare services that patients recommend to families and friends, physicians prefer for their patients, and employees are proud to provide. Springwoods Behavioral Health, located at 1955 W. Truckers Drive, is an 80 bed behavioral health facility providing comprehensive care for adolescents, adults, geriatrics and most recently a unit designed exclusively for women. The six acre campus opened in 2009 and is adjacent to a 123 acre Audubon Wildlife and Bird Sanctuary, providing a secluded and serene setting for comfort and healing. Located off Highway 112, the facility is easily accessible to residents of Northwest Arkansas and the surrounding communities. The adult acute inpatient program treats mental health patients in an intensive therapeutic structure, providing medical and psychiatric stabilization with 24-hour nursing care for patients experiencing critical symptoms. Springwoods offer a comprehensive treatment approach to stabilizing acute psychiatric and addictive disease problems in a safe and structured environment. Inpatient services treat suicidal/homicidal thoughts, medical detoxification, drug/alcohol abuse, Depression/mood disorders, personality disorders, Bipolar disorder, panic/anxiety, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Inpatient services are also offered for senior adults at Springwoods Behavioral Health. Mental illness affects older adults just as it does other age groups. But with seniors it is often ignored or overlooked as a 'normal' part of the aging process. Life challenges such as decreased physical and mental capabilities, the inability to live independently or the loss of a lifetime companion are problems sometimes too severe for an older adult to manage on their own. The family may be the first to notice changes in his/her behavior. Warning signs that could indicate the need for treatment include: anxiety/ agitation, confusion/disorientation, depression, fear/paranoia, fluctuations in weight, hallucinations/delusions, increase in alcohol or medication use, loss of interest in appearance, memory loss, mood swings, sleep disturbances, social withdrawal, suicidal thoughts, and wandering. Although older adults may frequently experience these behaviors, in many cases the true cause may be psycho-physiologic and, therefore, very treatable. If you suspect these issues have become difficult to manage, schedule an assessment with a mental health professional. Day Treatment programs are also offered at Springwoods Behavioral Health. Adult patients, who have achieved some stability but continue to need more intensive treatment than traditional outpatient therapy, or to prevent hospitalization, may be treated within the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) or Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP). Springwoods offers treatment for mood and anxiety disorders, co-occurring disorders (psychiatric and substance- abuse disorders), personality disorders, and family/interpersonal conflicts. The Partial Hospitalization Program provides intensive treatment for patients with mild to moderate symptoms. The program features individualized treatment plan, full day of group therapy – five groups daily, five days a week, medication management, with approximately one to four weeks of treatment. The PHP offers discharge and continued care planning from an inpatient treatment. Partial hospitalization is available from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Intensive Outpatient Program is for patients with less serious symptoms, but who still require frequent therapy. This program can be a step-down level of care from partial hospitalization. The IOP is a half-day program, four days a week that provides daily group therapy. Intensive outpatient is available from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday. Springwoods Behavioral Health accepts referrals from the professional community (doctors, hospitals, therapists, social workers, nurses, schools, courts, churches and community agencies) as well as from families. Qualified assessment and referral staff perform assessments 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, at no charge. Each assessment is evaluated by a physician who recommends the appropriate level of care for treatment. Recommendations are then discussed with the patient/family to assist in making an informed decision about treatment. Springwoods Behavioral Health is a provider for most insurance/managed care plans, as well as Medicare, and is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JTC) and licensed by the Arkansas Department of Health. For more information, call (479) 973-6000 or visit Springwoods Behavioral Health provides comfort and healing for senior adults The six acre campus opened in 2009 and is adjacent to a 123 acre Audubon Wildlife and Bird Sanctuary, providing a secluded and serene setting for comfort and healing. 6 | YOU AT YOUR BEST | NWADG.COM/YOUATYOURBEST DECEMBER - SENIOR CELEBRATIONS | SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2017

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