Geriatric Psychiatry

Our Geriatric Psychiatry Program

At Massac Memorial Hospital, we offer individualized treatment for patients presenting with acute psychological symptoms negatively impacting their daily lives. At Massac, we believe that new beginnings can be forged at any age.

Our geriatric psychiatry treatment team (which typically includes a program director, psychiatrist, primary therapist–LPC or LCSW, RN, and support staff) works in complete coordination and communication with patients’ primary care physicians and nursing homes or assisted living facilities. Upon referral of a patient, we offer a free, no obligation pre-screening. Once a patient is admitted into the program, his or her individualized program can include anywhere from one to 19 hours of treatment per week (usually with three or four days per week of treatment). We are ready and able to accommodate all medical and physical challenges, so long as safety issues are not presented.

In addition to offering free pre-screenings to potential patients, we offer coordination of transportation to and from services for patients within a 40 mile radius, an afternoon meal to all patients undergoing treatment, and one year of aftercare to all patients who complete their program.

kim_ableKim Abell, L.C.S.W.

New Beginnings Director

618-524-2176 x 171

Admission Criteria

  • Patient presents an acute exacerbation of psychological symptoms negatively impacting levels of functioning that don’t necessitate more intensive services.
  • Services must be reasonable and necessary for the diagnosis and provide active treatment of the patient’s condition.
  • Patient must be able to demonstrate on standardized tests moderate to high levels of cognitive functioning that will allow them to:
    – Voluntarily seek services
    – Demonstrate functional/cognitive gains from the group process
    – Actively participate in their own treatment and discharge planning
  • Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF) score should typically be 40+
  • Mini Mental Status Exam (MMSE) score should typically be 16+
  • Patient must be able to fully function to the extent that safety issues do not arise (typically this means being able to transfer or stand, bear weight, and pivot while transferring to seat or toilet).
  • Patients must not present an imminent danger to self or others.
  • Diagnoses of early-mid stages of Alzheimer’s or Dementia are acceptable if they are not the primary diagnosis and the above criteria are met.
  • This program is not appropriate for those requiring primarily social, custodial, recreational, or respite care.

Quick Facts

  • The most common primary diagnoses among our patients are mood or anxiety disorders.
  • Our average daily census: six patients
  • Average length of treatment program: 45 treatment days
  • Typically a patient is admitted for three to four days of treatment per week and the frequency of treatments is reduced as the patient
    makes progress on his or her treatment goals.