By October 11, 2017 Read More →

‘Senior Enrichment’ available at Northwest Florida Community Hospital ………..

Helping Seniors Overcome Depression and Anxiety.


Sometimes a helping hand is all that is needed to get your life back on track.  The proper guidance and regular attention of experienced professionals can lead to improved lifestyle as well as better overall health.  Senior Enrichment is ready to help you find hope once again.


The issues affecting seniors are uniquely challenging.  Declining physical ability, loss of loved ones and isolation can lead to depression, anxiety, and other issues.  Health care professionals say that depression and anxiety are not normal at any age.


An open house at Northwest Florida Community Hospital in Chipley last week featured information to assist area senior citizens in recognizing some of the signs of depression and anxiety so they have a better idea of when they need to seek help.


Signs of Depression/Anxiety

  •  Lethargy: loss of energy and/or motivation
  •  Aches and pains with no apparent cause
  •  Changes in sleep patterns: insomnia, hypersomnia, sleeping during the day and up during the night
  •  A depressed or empty mood
  •  A loss of pleasure in activities
  •  A substantial, unplanned weight loss or gain
  •  Restlessness, irritability
  •  Feelings of helplessness or hopelessness
  •  Excessive or inappropriate guilt
  •  Difficulty thinking clearly
  •  Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide
  •  Excessive anxiety or worry

Services Include

  •  Confidential treatment
  •  Psychiatric & psychosocial assessment
  •  Group, individual and family therapy
  •  Medication management
  •  Therapeutic activities
  •  A noon meal during the day
  •  Coordinating the patient’s care with the individual’s primary care physician
  •  6-12 week program (2-4 days per week)
  •  Discharge planning


Your Treatment Team

Individualized treatment plans are designed to ensure the best possible patient care.  Along with the patient, family members, and the family doctor, the team includes Psychiatrist,  Psychiatric Nurse Practioner, Nurse Manager, Social workers, Activities Director, RN, LPN and CNA.


For more information about the Senior Enrichment program,  contact Northwest Florida Community Hospital at 850-415-7207.  The Senior Enrichment program is headquartered in the Specialty Center at the hospital and those interested in obtaining additional information can stop by their office.



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