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About Psychiatric Nursing

Our program has been in existence since 2000. We have built our model on the premise that if we approach the care of a patient with mental illness from a holistic prespective, within his/her chosen environment, we will be successful in preventing frequent hospitalizations, thereby, making psychiatric home health care the most cost-effective treatment available for this patient population.

Research has shown that each time a psychiatric patient is hospitalized, the overall impact on the lifetime management of his/her disease is compounded in a negative way, affecting the ability to obtain and maintain a stable, independent and desireable quality of life.

We offer a well-rounded team approach to the therapeutic interventions that allow the psychiatric patient to maintain in his/her home environment, inspite of the regular adjustments necessary in response to exacerbations of illness, stressors and needed adjustments to medication. Our team includes:

  • Psychiatric Nurses with masters level degrees or board certification
  • Psychiatric Social Workers with years of experience in working with this population
  • Psychiatric Occupational Therapists who work with patients on resocialization, organization of the environment and techniques to lessen paranoia and improve self esteem, and use of pill boxes to enhance medication compliance
  • Home Health Aids who have specific training in helping psychiatric patients manage their personal hygiene while appropriately managing fears, paranoia and disorders that make hygiene an issue

Our customers consistently demonstrate improved:

  • Management of oral medications
  • Management of injectable medications
  • Cognitive function
  • Confusion frequency
  • Anxiety level
  • Behavioral problem frequency
Who Qualifies for Psychiatric Nursing?

Potential patients must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Be under the care of a psychiatrist or medical doctor and have been diagnosed with psychiatric illness or symptom
  • Have auditory or visual hallucinations causing abnormal behavior
  • Have uncontrolled anger outbursts
  • Have inability to cope because of extreme anxienty
  • Have paranoid ideations causing abnormal behavior
  • Have agorphobia (fear of leaving his/her home)
  • Have a short-term memory deficit requiring supervision to leave home
  • Have mental confusion
  • Have profound lethargy (inability to maintain continued activity)
  • Be unable to self-direct (requires intermittent or constant supervision)
  • Have poor judgement (negative social interaction occurs when patient ventures out without supervision)

 

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To learn more about Medicare and home health benefits visit the following
websites:cms.gov | nahc.org | homecarealabama.org
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