Frequently, psychiatric illness exists in tandem with physical illness, requiring nursing care that is specific to both conditions. That’s when your physician may add a psychiatric nurse to the team.
As part of our Psychiatric program, a psychiatric nurse can help patients and their caregivers coping with dementia, Alzheimer's, schizophrenia and a variety of psychiatric illnesses.
Frequently, these specialized nurses work with those suffering from anxiety, grief and depression – problems that often come about as a result of a stroke or a chronic condition. Home psychiatric nursing is especially important when these conditions lead to an aversion to leaving home.
Senior mental health, particularly depression in the elderly, is a growing concern in the medical community. Research has shown that depression is twice as common in the home health population as in the primary care population. The psychiatric nurse works with the healthcare team to treat depression so that the patient has the energy to deal with their other medical conditions.