MIDDLETOWN TOWNSHIP, Pa. – Medical and scientific innovations enable people to live longer than ever before. As a result, as people age they require more precise and comprehensive medical care.
Pennsylvania ranks fourth in the nation for percentage of residents over the age of 65, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Aging. With the aging population of Delaware County in particular, specialized geriatric behavioral and mental health services are necessary to support these individuals.
Crozer-Keystone Health System recognized this need, and in response is proud to unveil Rejuvenations, a 20-bed geriatric behavioral health unit located at Fair Acres, Delaware County’s skilled nursing facility, 340 N. Middletown Road in Middletown Township, Pa. Developed in partnership with Delaware County Council, Rejuvenations provides evaluation and treatment of geriatric patients experiencing acute mental health disorders. An experienced team of psychiatrists, nurses, social workers and therapeutic activity staff work together to provide the highest standard of safe care by attending to the patient’s physical, psychological and social needs.
Although situated on the Fair Acres grounds, Rejuvenations is staffed and operated by Crozer-Keystone under the license of Springfield Hospital. The unit accepts patients from all levels of care — including nursing homes, assisted living facilities, boarding/group homes and private homes. Patients must have a primary psychiatric diagnosis and be experiencing symptoms that require intensive medical management in an inpatient setting.
Upon arrival, the patient will receive:
- a comprehensive medical and psychiatric assessment,
- an evaluation to rule out medical conditions that could be causing psychiatric symptoms, and
- a series of diagnostic tests.
Results from these assessments and tests will form the basis of a multidisciplinary treatment plan including thorough nursing care, individual and group therapies, and medication management. The team is led by Adam Glushakow, M.D., a Crozer-Keystone psychiatrist who will coordinate care and medical subspecialty services needed by the patient.
Patients receive psychiatric evaluation daily, and nurses monitor patients 24 hours a day to track their progress.
Kevin P. Caputo, M.D., chairman and vice president of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health for the Crozer-Keystone Health System, notes that this facility is intended to serve a growing need in Delaware County. “As seniors age they are more prone to psychiatric illnesses,” he says, acknowledging that while many illnesses can be managed in an outpatient setting, “some illnesses require an inpatient level of care.”
For example, Dr. Caputo explains, a patient in a nursing home might be clinically depressed, with symptoms ranging from not sleeping or eating to crying spells, poor concentration, or suicidal ideation (thoughts of self-harm). If such symptoms intensify to the point where the patient requires 24-hour care, that care is best given on an inpatient psychiatric unit such as Rejuvenations.
Dr. Caputo stresses that there should be no stigma in being evaluated and treated in a psychiatric unit, and underscores the temporary nature of such an intervention. “We hope to restore or maintain functionality,” he explains. “The ultimate goal is to help patients develop coping strategies and skills that help them return to constructive functioning in the family and community. Our goal is to return the patient to their previous living arrangement in a much improved state.”
To learn more about Rejuvenations, Crozer-Keystone Health System’s geriatric inpatient behavioral health unit at Fair Acres, Delaware County’s skilled nursing facility, please call 484-443-2460 or visit crozerkeystone.org/rejuvenations.
Photo Caption: Kevin P. Caputo, M.D., chairman and vice president of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health for Crozer-Keystone Health System.
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