Authors: Marie Furler, SA
Event: 2000 TheMHS Conference
Subject: OLDER PEOPLES MENTAL HEALTH, SHOWCASE, ADELAIDE, book of proceedings
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Bridges to Recovery, an Adelaide Clinic Day Unit Program specifically designed for the management and treatment of depression in the elderly, is now in its 8th year. Over 80 day patients are presently active as group members, with several current in-patients from the clinic being involved as part of their discharge planning.
This program promotes educative, supportive and diversional strategies to assist the Psychiatrist achieve and maintain the highest standard of care for the patients in the transition from illness to a state of well being. A variety of approaches are incorporated within the various group sessions, and are provided by a multi-disciplinary team.
Bridges to Recovery, now while continuing to further reduce the symptoms of depression in the older patient also provides a valuable venue for monitoring progress and recovery, aiding early intervention and treatment there by preventing recurrent in-patient admissions or shortening length of in-patient stay if admission is required.
The illness of depression in the older person is an increasing problem in our society which can have serious consequences not only for the individual patient but also for their families, carers and the greater community.
This short paper will provide information about Bridges to Recovery (BTR), a therapeutic Day Unit Program specifically designed for the management and treatment of depression in the older person; provided by Ramsay Health Care at The Adelaide Clinic in South Australia .
The therapeutic programs offered at the Adelaide Clinic have been designed to meet the needs of our patients who are admitted into our care as In-patients, Day Patients or Out patients because they are suffering from a recognised mental illness. All patients will require some or all of these interventions to assist them to regain their mental health in a conducive environment to foster a return to the broader community.