To establish continuity of care, our neuropsychiatry programming focuses on the inclusion of family members, facility staff, and other pertinent caregivers to provide specialized education, training, and support programs. A growing number of efficacy studies have found holistic programs that include not only medical services but structured psychiatric and behavioral services are most successful in treating complex neuropsychiatric and medical conditions. This improves the quality of life of these individuals.
While the programs at NPH have been very successful in managing acute crises that arise in this fragile population, some of the most treatment-resistant and acutely ill individuals may require more intensive services and greater time to reconstitute than can be offered in an acute care setting.
Some of the specialized programs offered at NPH include:
Comprehensive Medical and Psychological Evaluation – To identify individual strengths and needs which leads to the development of a treatment program with the patient.
Psychiatric Supervision and Medication Management – Treatment services to address medical and psychiatric issues post-discharge. Patients are encouraged to continue to see their private psychiatrists and medical doctors for continuity of care.
Group Therapy – Provides the patient with a supportive setting to explore feelings and to seek practical solutions to interpersonal problems.
Individual Therapy – Daily therapy sessions with a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist.
Family Therapy – Provides personalized support and treatment which focuses on family member reaction to patient illness and effective strategies for interacting with patients upon discharge.
Validation and Reminiscence Therapy – Provides patients diagnosed with cognitive impairments the opportunity for life review with emphasis on the aging process, relationships, and positive memories.
Occupational, Art and Music Therapy – Assists the patient, through the creative use of crafts and music, to communicate that which is difficult to verbalize. In addition, these therapies foster self-awareness, improve concentration, decision making, and social interaction.
Educational Groups – Educational groups are offered for family and caregivers to provide a better understanding of overall disease process and alternative care strategies. The educational group also teaches the patient and caregiver which medications are most effective for their illness, possible side effects, and the need for compliance with their physician’s orders.
Stress Management Groups – Aids in the identification of stressors and teaches coping skills to help modify one’s lifestyle to reduce stress.
Memory Boards – Used for cueing and orientation.
Structured Activity Programs and Recreational Therapy – Engagement of patients in activities graded to capabilities including pleasant events, crafts, and exercise.
Discharge Planning and Case Management – Assists the patient in identifying and obtaining supportive resources and services, and in making a successful transition to outpatient therapy.