What are the benefits of offering full-spectrum psychiatric care for assisted living residents in your facility?
An assisted living facility who partner’s with an on-site psychiatric company like Psych360 has the ability to keep residents in their homes or apartments longer with reduced hospitalizations from falling incidents, reduce disruptive med interactions, mitigate polypharm, as well as lower costs and slow down the progression of dementia resulting in a healthier quality of life for each resident. We can direct 24/7 communications with facilities to prevent escalation of behaviors in real time, saving you money and reducing staff stress levels. Psych360 also offers staff education for explained behaviors, disease and process, non-pharmcologic interventions, and medication management procedures. As an AL partner, we can initiate discussions with families regarding treatment plans, diagnoses, prognosis and a more harmonious dialogue for transitional periods.
How can utilizing Psych360’s services help me improve my assisted living facility marketing efforts to families of potential residents?
The Psych360 Team is available to explain and engage families regarding new paths for medical plan adjustments, transitions, or disease process monitoring. We proactively work to educate families on the nuances of a resident’s behavioral situation and acceptable outcome paths in a knowledgeable and thoughtful manner. We strive to bring the family into the process.
We encourage them to be active participants in their loved one’s progress, with both understanding and experienced guidance.
Our team of experienced clinicians can help manage dementia by proactively involving specialists early with a preventative approach that helps avoid acute downturns when they occur.
What is Psych360’s approach to psychotropic medication management, and how does it help our residents and our facility?
By practicing a Total Spectrum approach, we seek to manage the lowest dose appropriate for each resident’s situation. We are familiar and recommend psychotropics when all non-pharmacoligic interventions fail. Then, we use the lowest, most effective dose in order to minimize any side effects. We look each resident’s history, examine the medication transitions, evaluate the current regimen, and make a diagnosis with the goal of improving the residents quality of life, safely and to the best of our ability.
How can utilizing Psych360’s services decrease geriatric falls?
The Psych360 Team works to break the downward cycle by keeping residents healthy and balanced in their medication plans. Through scheduled, timely visits, our clinicians can better evaluate and make recommendations that seek to reduce, eliminate or add to a medication regimen when appropriate. The goal of decreasing or eliminating falls entirely is always the road to a healthier quality of life for the resident.
Why are precise electronic medical records (EMRs) on psychiatric conditions crucial to your assisted living residents’ mental health and facility’s success?
Clear, easy-to-read, understandable documentation is an integral part of a well-run assisted living facility. For the Psych360 Team, EMRs are a natural tool for effectively communicating with staff and managing residents’ behavioral health in today’s world.
We make detailed adjustments with speed and accuracy before and after every visit, whether it’s during a routine visit or crisis situation. Our providers utilize all ICD-10 Codes wherever appropriate in all documentation.
Do assisted living facilities typically offer services for residents with some level of mental illness?
Psych360 offers services which allow assisted living facilities to take care of residents with significant behaviors and/or severe persistent mental illness that otherwise would not be able to be cared for while alone at home. We can monitor and optimize his or her medications to keep them and others safe in the facility while reducing the need for frequent hospitalizations.
What insurance for psychiatric services does Psych360 accept from patients?
All insurances are accepted.
What is an assisted living facility, and how is it different than a skilled nursing facility?
A traditional assisted living model is more reflective of a person’s home but in an apartment setting. Assisted living facilities usually require private pay and have an á la carte fee-for-service menu that builds as a resident’s needs increase. Typically, when the services for more needs get too costly, the caregiver/family is asked or chooses to move the resident to a skilled nursing home.
Skilled nursing facilities offer an added complex medical model with skilled services tailored for more severe needs, or restrictions such as mobility, chronic diseases, dementia, Alzheimer’s, hospice and more.
What type of mental health services does assisted living facilities offer?
Characteristically, an assisted living facility will offer a basic range of mental health services. For example, some facilities will have an Activities Director who focuses on daily social events/activities that include outings, bingo, crafts, music, theater, movies, religion and more. They may even claim to provide dementia training for staff. If they are progressive, the facility will have contracted with a professional organization like Psych360 that is entirely focused on all levels of geriatric mental health.
What criteria should I look for in an assisted living facility psychiatric care before I place my loved one there?
There are a couple very important key services a family should look for when determining an assisted living facility’s capabilities to serve a loved one. First, the ability to manage a person’s cognitive, mental status is vital. In addition, consider the facility’s ability to adjust and accommodate an individual’s needs as a disease progresses, and if there will be a point in which the facility will not be able to provide the required services.
Look at what types of training the facility requires and provides for their staff, and what certifications the different levels of staff may have to support those services.
If outside psychiatric services are offered, explore the organization, what certifications they provide, what level and how frequently they provide said services, and if they are focused on geriatric mental health.
Examine their activities program for variety, frequency and engagement in the local community.
A facility’s ability to offer a rich, rewarding dynamic setting that encourages intellectual and healthy growth and engagement is essential for quality of life.
A plus is if the assisted living facility has an affiliation with an on-site skilled nursing facility to promote aging in place.