Restorative Care Unit

Overview

Quality patient care in a psychiatric setting depends greatly on getting the right mix of psychiatric and medical care professionals working together for the patient. Our experienced and qualified staff includes:

  • Medical Director/Psychiatrist
  • Medical Social Worker
  • Recreational Therapist
  • Registered Nursing Staff
  • Dietitian

Every effort is made to help caregivers and family members determine the best options for the older patient who is experiencing a loss of cognitive abilities. We keep the patient's caregivers (primary physician, specialists, home health agencies, etc.) involved throughout the treatment planning. Together, we focus on restoring the patient to
health.

The discharge planning process is initiated upon admission into the Restorative Care Unit. Our goal is to assist the patient in determining what the best and most appropriate discharge setting is.

In years past, elderly people who seemed confused or disoriented were often placed in nursing homes. Symptoms of clinical depression or other diagnosable and treatable ailments were dismissed as "normal for their age."

Today, healthcare professionals understand that our elderly population has been severely underserved. The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that 18 to 25 percent of the geriatric population experiences significant mental health symptoms that warrant professional intervention.

In the Restorative Care Unit at Sumner Regional Medical Center, we are working to reverse that trend. Our treatment team is committed to assisting older adults enhance their quality of life. We recognize there are many factors that uniquely affect the elderly patient, including the use of multiple medications to treat various medical complications that come with aging; physical impairments that limit mobility and activities of daily living; and the many life changes and losses that take from their financial, social, and emotional support systems when most needed. The Restorative Care Unit's treatment provides a balanced mix of psychological and medical care.