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Wellstone Regional Hospital Announces Renovation and Construction of the New Geriatric Program

Tuesday, March 11, 2008 General News J E 4
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JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind., March 11 Jeffersonville Indiana'sWellstone Regional Hospital, known throughout the area for their qualitybehavioral health care, has now created a program specifically designed tohelp seniors. The Geriatric Psychiatric Program at Wellstone RegionalHospital provides comprehensive inpatient care for older adults withsymptoms/conditions that require intensive treatment. Thesesymptoms/conditions may include Alzheimer's disease, depression, suicidalfeelings, severe agitation, outbursts, psychotic symptoms, disorientation, anddementia.

The Open House and Ribbon cutting will be this Thursday, March 13,beginning at 2:30 pm. This new unit will be available for touring until 5:30pm.

"Our program involves more than just great treatment," notes BeckyGilberts, Wellstone Hospital Therapist. "A full year of upfront planninghelped us create a unique relaxing environment that helps with the patient'sprogress. Soothing earth tone colors, a special no glare floor and naturalsunlight all work in concert for maximum relaxation. Every room is alsodesigned with careful attention to just the right balance of safety andprivacy. This includes special beds and bathroom facilities for geriatricpatients. The Wellstone 'stay engaged and active' approach gets patients outof their chairs and involved with life."

"Americans are living longer and longer and extended age brings newbehavioral health issues," explains Dean Saling, Chief Executive Officer ofWellstone Regional Hospital. "Our goal is to address this reality by creatinga program that focuses on the special mental and psychological needs of olderadults."

Individualized treatment plans in the Living Well Geriatric Program aredeveloped by a multi-disciplinary team. Each team includes doctors, nurses,therapists, mental health technicians, recreational specialists and otherprofessionals. A complete treatment program includes assessment anddiagnosis, medication management, medical supervision, 24 hour nursing careprovided by an RN, specialized recreational therapy and wellness activitiesand education for patients, family members and caregivers. Individual, groupand family therapies are also provided to help the whole family cope with thelife changes of their loved one.

Wellstone Regional Hospital is a 100-bed psychiatric hospital andoutpatient center for children, adolescents and adults. Wellstone RegionalHospital was named after the late senator Paul Wellstone, his wife Sheila anddaughter Marsha, who died in a plane crash in October 2002. Wellstone Hospitalstrives to represent the values and strong character of the Wellstones byserving the mentally ill and the chemically dependent.Wellstone Regional Hospital 2700 Vissing Park Road Jeffersonville, Indiana 47130 812-284-8000 www.wellstonehospital.com

SOURCE Wellstone Regional Hospital
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