Silver Linings Inpatient Program for Seniors

The Silver Lining program is a specialized inpatient environment for senior adults who have been struggling with age-related mental and emotional health concerns.

Care in this program is provided in a comfortable, homelike atmosphere, where compassionate staff members offer comprehensive support for each patient.  

At CenterPointe Hospital of Columbia, we believe every senior adult is a unique and valuable individual who retains the capacity to learn, grow, and change. We’ve designed our programming to help our patients achieve the highest level of personal empowerment and independence. 

In addition to providing superior clinical care, we also coordinate with each patient’s family to help them understand what their loved one is experiencing and learn how to best support their loved one during and after treatment. 

The typical length of stay in the Silver Lining program for senior adults is 10-14 days. The exact amount of time that any senior adult remains in this program will be based on our assessment of their progress and continued need for care.  

Who Our Silver Lining Program Serves

At CenterPointe Hospital of Columbia, we make all admissions decisions on an individual basis. This includes determining if our Silver Lining program is the optimal environment for each senior adult who seeks our help.  

In general, this program is designed for patients who meet the following criteria: 

  • Senior adults of all genders 
  • Need inpatient care for an age-related mental health disorder or a dual diagnosis (mental health and substance abuse) 
  • Can fully engage in all aspects of care 

We evaluate each prospective patient to determine the full scope of their needs and identify which of our programming options may be right for them. Our senior inpatient program typically supports senior adults age 65 and older. 

What Disorders Does Our Silver Lining Program Treat?

Our Silver Lining program may be ideal for senior adults who have been experiencing age-related mental health concerns such as the following: 

  • Severe anxiety
  • Severe depression 
  • Marked personality changes 
  • Excessive fear and suspiciousness
  • Withdrawal from loved ones 
  • Hallucinations and delusions
  • Significant changes in eating and sleeping patterns
  • Noncompliance with outpatient care and medication regimens
  • Early stages of dementia
  • Unresolved grief and loss 
  • Suicidal ideation 

Please note that this is a representative list of the more common concerns for which senior adults receive care through our Silver Lining program. It is not a complete accounting of everything we treat. If someone in your family has been struggling with a mental health concern that is not listed above, please contact our hospital directly.  

Elements of Care in Our Silver Lining Program for Senior Adults

  • Patients who receive care through our senior program follow personalized plans. Depending on the information that we collect during each patient’s intake assessment, their care plan may include services such as the following: 
  • Detoxification: If a patient is receiving care for a substance use disorder, they may need to begin their time with us in our detoxification program. While a senior adult is in detoxification, or detox, they will be under the care of a team of experts. These dedicated professionals can keep them safe and as comfortable as possible as they rid their body of alcohol or other addictive substances. Once a senior adult has successfully completed detox, they can transition directly into inpatient care. This helps reduce the risk of them returning to substance use and promotes continuity of care. 
  • Basic medical care: The nursing staff in our Silver Lining inpatient program for senior adults is prepared to provide basic medical care throughout a patient’s time at CenterPointe Hospital of Columbia. Patients may also meet with an internal medicine specialist and a family practice doctor for consultation and care as needed. If a patient develops medical needs that exceed the scope of our services, we will arrange for them to be transported to an emergency room at a local hospital.
  • Medication management services: Patients in the Silver Lining inpatient program for senior adults typically meet with either a psychiatrist or a psychiatric nurse practitioner six days per week. Prescription medications may be administered or monitored by registered nurses (RNs) and licensed practical nurses (LPNs). We also have an on-site pharmacist who can fill prescriptions and ensure that all patients are receiving the correct medications at the proper dosage levels. 
  • Group therapy: Groups are provided daily in the Silver Lining program, led by master’s-level therapists or other qualified mental health professionals. Patients may participate in process, psychoeducational, and experiential groups. Topics addressed during groups may include self-awareness, coping skills, problem-solving skills, recognizing unhealthy behaviors, and asking for and accepting support. Experiential groups may include art therapy and music therapy.
  • Family therapy: Senior adults and their loved ones may participate in family therapy sessions on an as-needed basis. Family therapy sessions at CenterPointe Hospital of Columbia are led by master’s-level therapists. These sessions can help family members gain greater insights into their loved one’s mental health struggles. Family therapy can also help participants resolve conflicts and learn how to better support each other. 

Benefits of Our Silver Lining Program for Senior Adults

Here are just a few of the many benefits of receiving inpatient mental health services through the Silver Lining program for senior adults.  

  • Age-appropriate services: We created the Silver Lining program to ensure that senior adults can receive the focused care that best addresses their specific needs, provided in the manner that is right for them. The professionals who provide care in this program are familiar with the unique ways that mental health disorders can affect senior adults. They also have considerable experience working with seniors and their loved ones.  
  • Personalized care: Every senior adult who receives care through the Silver Lining program follows a personalized plan that is based on a thorough assessment of their unique history, needs, and goals. We know that mental health concerns affect different people in different ways, and we are committed to providing the customized care that can help each patient achieve improved health and a higher quality of life.  
  • Safe and welcoming environment: At CenterPointe Hospital of Columbia, we understand that entering an inpatient mental health program may be a stressful experience. Our team works hard to ensure that each new patient feels welcomed, valued, and supported. We also place great emphasis on patient safety. Throughout a senior adult’s time with us, they will benefit from round-the-clock monitoring and supervision. If you have been considering our hospital for a member of your family, please know that your loved one’s health and well-being will always be our top priorities.  
  • Multidisciplinary teams: Care for senior adults at our hospital is provided by a team of experienced professionals. Depending on each person’s specific needs, they may work with the following caregivers: psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners (psychiatric NPs), registered nurses (RNs), certified nursing assistants (CNAs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), licensed clinical social workers (LCSWs), licensed professional counselors (LPCs), mental health technicians, and dietitians. Our staff includes specialists in both adult psychiatry and geriatric psychiatry. 
  • Detailed discharge planning: The amount of time that senior adults spend at our hospital is relatively brief. To ensure that they can maintain and build on the progress they make while they are in our care, we develop detailed discharge plans for each patient. These plans identify the professional services and community-based resources that can support them in the weeks and months after they have transitioned out of our Silver Lining program. As is the case with all aspects of care at CenterPointe Hospital of Columbia, we customize each patient’s discharge plan to best address their unique history, needs, and goals.  

This content was written on behalf of and reviewed by the clinical staff at CenterPointe Hospital of Columbia. 

I used to think I would never get better. But, after I came to CenterPointe for TMS, my depression was completely gone! I feel like I came out of a bubble and into an open space where I could finally make decisions again.

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