Geriatric Behavioral Health (Aspirus Ironwood Hospital)

At Aspirus Ironwood we provide older adults with quality behavioral healthcare. Patients that come to the program have Medicare Part B and an unresolved need for the program/condition such as depression, anxiety, grief or loss, difficulty adjusting to life changes, or other mental health concerns.

The staff at Aspirus Ironwood Geriatric Behavioral Health Intensive Outpatient Program utilizes a multidisciplinary treatment team including a Psychiatrist, a therapist, and a Registered Nurse to develop an individualized plan of treatment for each patient. Our goal is to provide a safe environment for our patients to come and share their feelings with others that are experiencing similar issues.

Treatment Team

The Multidisciplinary Treatment Team meets once a week for patient treatment planning as well as discussing the patient’s progress and any concerns.

The Therapist provides psychotherapeutic services to each patient that is admitted into the program.

  • After admission into the program, the therapist will complete a psychosocial assessment with the patient within 5 days. The therapist provides group therapy sessions (3 per treatment day). 
  • One group therapy session lasts 45 minutes and may have anywhere from 2 to 8 patients on average along with the therapist. During these sessions, the patients process thoughts and feelings as well as identify their individual progress towards treatment goals.
  • The Therapist also provides individual, family, and marital therapy as needed. These are typically 30/45/70-minute sessions that are done prior to the first group session, during a private lunch, or after group therapy hours. Individualized treatment goals are focused on in these sessions.

The Registered Nurse meets with our patients daily to complete a daily nursing assessment.

  • The nurse is evaluating each patient for any physical or emotional symptoms that are present.
  • The RN also provides a daily nursing education group on topics such as relaxation, medication education, self-esteem, exercise promotion, pain management, problem-solving, fall and safety precautions, smoking cessation, nutrition, discharge planning, medication compliance, social skills, and many more.
  • The RN monitors patients throughout the course of treatment to identify health needs, problems, and symptoms. Individual treatment goals are focused on during enrollment in the program.  

A Typical Day 

The following is the current daily schedule for Aspirus Ironwood Geriatric Behavioral Health patients:

9:00am – 9:30am Check-in & Refreshments 
9:30am – 10:15am Group I
10:30am – 11:15am Group II 
11:30am – 12:00pm Nursing Education 
12:00pm – 12:45pm Hot Lunch 
2:45pm – 1:30pm Group III 
8:00am – 12:00pm Doctor Visits (Fridays Only)
Scheduled as needed  Individual/Family/Marital Therapy 

 

After Graduation

At Aspirus Ironwood Geriatric Behavioral Health we provide aftercare for up to one year after graduation (discharge) from the program. During aftercare, the patient is contacted at 1 week, 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, 9 months and 1 year to identify progress and if re-assessment is needed.

Contact Us

We are here for you and your loved ones during the most difficult times in life. Call us today to talk to a caring and compassionate admissions specialist, who will talk to you about your situation and answer any questions you may have.

906.932.6190