Our Clinical Model
It is not uncommon for residents of skilled nursing and assisted living facilities to exhibit behavioral symptoms, which can include:
● Physically aggressive behavior (pushing, hitting, etc),
● Nonaggressive physical behavior (pacing, restlessness, wandering),
● Verbal expressions (yelling, cursing, etc.), and
● Resistance towards taking medications or participating in daily living activities.
Often, these behavioral symptoms have contributed to the family caregiver’s decision to seek residential care in a facility, and are likely to persist or even progress in this new setting.
MedOptions appreciates the need for effective elderly mental health assessment tools and behavioral health care, for the sake of the resident’s physical and emotional well-being, the family member’s sense of security and satisfaction, as well as for the facility staff.
The MedOptions clinical model focuses on first understanding the origins of behavioral symptoms, assessing the individual resident’s needs, and then carefully formulating an appropriate treatment plan.
Our clinicians understand how the memory loss, cognitive decline, and functional impairments that accompany Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia can cause an individual to feel confused, frustrated, afraid, and want to either lash out in anger or withdraw in fear and sadness. For people who have a history of mental illness, such as depression, bipolar disorder, or psychotic disorders, those symptoms may intensify in the context of the major life changes as they age and become unable to live independently.
The next step is treatment.
● MedOptions clinical teams are comprised of psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, psychologists, and licensed clinical social workers. Working with your facility staff, we emphasize behavioral interventions as the first line of treatment whenever possible.
● Behavioral Rounds are conducted to assist facility staff in managing behavioral symptoms, especially for residents with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
● Our Medication Management teams closely monitor the usage of antipsychotic medication for treating behavioral symptoms, and help your facility be compliant with F-tag 329 guidelines around Gradual Dose Reduction (GDR).
● MedOptions also offers support for facility staff, including in-service programs for increasing skills and effectiveness for managing behavioral problems.
Partner now with MedOptions to enhance the management of psychiatric care in your facility.