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Senior mental health

Mental health disorders continue to greatly influence our senior population, as Alzheimer's, dementia and mood disorders remain widespread in the senior community. Counselors and physicians are here to help seniors suffering from mental health problems that may include, memory loss, confusion or depression.

Behavioral health center for seniors in Aurora

As a senior, you've got unique mental health needs, so we make an equally unique care plan for you.

At HealthONE's Behavioral Health and Wellness Center in Aurora, we offer a comprehensive, inpatient program for senior adults 55 years old and older. We deliver individualized treatment strategies for seniors with emotional health needs, stresses or symptoms.

Expert advice, available 24/7

Free medical advice is just a phone call away. Our nurses help you understand your symptoms, treatment options and procedures. They will also help you find a provider or specialist and schedule an appointment.

Free medical advice is just a phone call away. Our nurses help you understand your symptoms, treatment options and procedures. They will also help you find a provider or specialist and schedule an appointment.

Senior behavioral health conditions and symptoms we treat

Some of the most common behavioral health issues we treat for seniors include:

  • Agitated behaviors
  • Auditory or visual hallucinations
  • Behavioral difficulties
  • Difficulty expressing emotion
  • Disorganized thinking
  • Disorientation
  • Feeling emotions more intensely
  • Feeling overwhelmed and directionless
  • Inability to care for oneself
  • Inability to focus
  • Loss of a loved one
  • Major changes in personality
  • Overcoming anxiety and sadness
  • Overcoming trauma
  • Physically aggressive behavior
  • Reduced ability to manage stress
  • Self-injury
  • Severe depression
  • Social isolation and withdrawal
  • Suicidal thoughts or actions

Our senior mental health services

In our program, you receive a wide array of structured approaches, including cognitive behavioral, dual-diagnosis and trauma-informed therapies to address your mental health struggles.

Features of our senior behavioral health care program

Our program for senior adults offers:

  • 24-hour nursing care
  • A multidisciplinary team, consisting of gerontologists, physicians, geriatric psychiatrists, nurses, psychologists, therapists and technicians
  • Assessment/treatment of cognitive and functional decline due to depression, dementia, anxiety and/or substance use
  • Assistance with activities of daily living
  • Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) (for those who can benefit from it)
  • Private and double rooms available
  • Recreation, pet and music therapies

Individualized plans of care for seniors

The plan of care for treatment involves a mind, body and social evaluation of an individual. The focus of the plan is to support the recovery from a high-impact life event and to significantly reduce the probability of mental health issues. Each treatment plan is aimed at instilling positive coping skills and building on strengths to achieve a balanced life.

Our plan of care includes:

  • Active psychiatric treatment with 24-hour access to a psychiatrist
  • An aftercare plan linked to the presenting behaviors that resulted in the patient’s admission to the program and address post-hospitalization needs
  • Ensuring family and individual support systems are an active part of the treatment team to foster positive outcomes
  • Medication administration and monitoring, as needed
  • Ongoing contact with personal caretakers, medical caretakers and the facility (when appropriate for purposes of aftercare planning)

Group therapy sessions

We offer seven group sessions during the week and five group sessions on weekends and holidays. Our team of doctors, nurses, social workers, therapists and mental health counselors will work with your support system of family and friends. We make sure you have a community supporting you on your recovery journey.

Partial hospitalization program (PHP)

Our PHP provides an intensive, structured setting for seniors who have difficulty maintaining current daily routines due to mental health symptoms. This patient-centered treatment program provides flexible treatment options and is more supportive than outpatient therapy alone.

The program also offers treatment for seniors at The Medical Center of Aurora, Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 3:00pm.

For more information or to schedule an assessment for a senior, call (303) 360-3736.

Intensive outpatient program (IOP)

Our IOP is designed to support and maintain mental and emotional health while providing our patients with the necessary tools to achieve mental well-being in an outpatient setting. IOP empowers you in a group setting by participating in treatment during the day and returning home each afternoon.

Our IOP is appropriate if you are struggling with:

  • Crisis management
  • Depression and/or anxiety
  • Management of daily living skills
  • Medication management
  • Self-injury
  • Substance abuse

This program is for individuals who are physically healthy and are at no immediate risk of harm to themselves or others.

Meetings for adults take place Monday through Thursday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm at The Medical Center of Aurora.

For more information about the IOP, call (303) 360-3736.

Electroconvulsive therapy

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a proven method to help adults who need help achieving mental well-being, especially if other therapies have not worked. It's important to note that ECT is very different now compared to how it was used many decades ago. Today, a team of professionals — including a psychiatrist, an anesthesiologist and a nurse — administers ECT while you undergo general anesthesia. Modern ECT consists of controlled electrical currents that affect brain chemistry in a way that can improve mental health.

Who benefits from ECT?

ECT is especially beneficial if you have not responded well to medications or are experiencing a rapid regression into crisis. It can help if you

  • Cannot tolerate the side effects of certain medications
  • Experience symptoms of catatonia
  • Have had multiple hospitalizations and regress rapidly into crisis
  • Need of rapid, definitive response because of the severity of a psychiatric or medical condition
  • Suffer from depression, mania or psychosis and who have not responded or only partially responded to conventional treatment, such as medications and therapy

For more information about the ECT or to schedule an assessment, call (303) 360-3150 or fax (303) 360-3152

Where to find behavioral health services for senior adults

Adults 55 years old and older can receive the benefits of our program's treatments by calling (844) 556-2012.

Psychiatric outpatient clinic

Psychiatrists at our outpatient psychiatric clinic can help develop a medication plan that works best for your life.

The clinic is currently scheduling appointments on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 8:00am to 5:00pm.

To make an appointment for a senior at the outpatient clinic, call (720) 282-8015 or fax (303) 340-9927.