Senior Behavioral Sciences
Many of the elderly face difficult issues, including the loss of a spouse, loved ones or friends. They may have limited mobility, chronic health problems or illnesses such as Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease. With the help of SHC’s Senior Behavioral Science, these difficulties can be made easier for the elderly and their families.
About Our Program
We offer individualized, personal care in a warm, supportive atmosphere. Our professional team conducts a thorough evaluation to determine the cause of behavioral and mental changes. We then work with patients and families to develop a course of treatment.
These treatments can include: educational programs, individual meetings with psychiatrists and group therapy with those who have similar conditions. Our nurses, psychiatrists, social workers and activity therapists help with all aspects of a patient’s life.
In order to address the unique needs and help our elderly neighbors maintain as much independence as possible, we have a wide range of services, such as:
Dealing with Emotional Illness
Persistent personality changes or unusual behavior may indicate your loved one is suffering from a mental illness such as depression. These symptoms are not normal at any age. In the elderly, they often indicate illness. Many emotional illnesses are treatable and the earlier they are caught, the better the results.
The Family’s Role
When one family member suffers from a mental or emotional illness, everyone is affected. The process of obtaining help for a loved one can bring pain and guilt for the rest of the family. Stresses and strains in relationships are intensified.
We understand this and encourage family members to participate in their loved one’s treatment process. Our family support groups help re-establish healthy communication that leads to stronger family ties and happier lives.
We want you to know there is hope and the right care is available locally. Stabilizing a mental health crisis sometimes requires direct personal care in the hospital. All our care is provided in a supportive environment with 24-hour nursing care to ensure patients’ well-being.
Intensive Outpatient Services
Providing personal care means no two patients are alike and often an overnight hospital stay is not necessary. SHC’s Intensive Outpatient program is for Medicare patients 50 years and older who are experiencing behavioral or emotional difficulties but do not require inpatient therapies.
What Does the Program Offer My Family Member?
- Comprehensive psychiatric evaluation
- Approximately six hours of therapy per week
- Wellness activities
- Guidance to change unhealthy thoughts and behaviors
- Coping strategies
- Medication management
- Individual psychosocial assessment
- Other therapies as needed
How Can I Find Out More About This Program?
Stop by – we’re located in the Park Place campus at 1185 North Elm Street in Platteville
Call us at (608) 348-3656
Memory Diagnostic Clinic
Memory loss is treatable and our personal care is always here to help improve you and your family member’s lives. At SHC’s Memory Diagnostic Clinic, our mission is diagnosing and treating dementia as early as possible.