Battle Creek’s Primary Older Adult Mental Health Treatment Program

Bronson Behavioral Health Hospital, located in Battle Creek, Michigan, offers high-quality, age-appropriate care for older adults who are struggling with a variety of behavioral health concerns. In a safe and secure setting, we help individuals who are in crisis stabilize and learn skills that promote lasting healing.

Our Older Adult Inpatient Program in Battle Creek, Michigan

Our older adult inpatient program provides intensive care for adults age 55 and older. In a structured therapeutic environment, we provide round-the-clock care for older adults who are struggling with the following concerns:

  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depression
  • Dementia
  • Memory Care
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder
  • Psychosis
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Co-occurring substance use disorders

The older adult inpatient program is a short-term level of care that is designed to help those who are in crisis achieve stabilization. While the program typically lasts an average of five to seven days, each person’s length of stay depends on their unique needs. We work closely with our patients to determine the program duration that can help them stabilize and make progress toward better health.

At our inpatient psychiatric hospital, we help our patients achieve optimal outcomes by providing them with personalized care that includes only the therapies and services they can benefit from. Our goal is to help individuals in the inpatient program return home safely or step down to a less restrictive level of care.

Who Can Participate in Our Older Adult Inpatient Program?

Living with severe symptoms of behavioral health disorders can take a toll on a person’s health and happiness. However, with the right level of care, those who are suffering can receive the support they need to improve their quality of life. At Bronson Behavioral Health Hospital, we take the time to better understand the challenges people are facing and help them find the type of care they need.

Our older adult inpatient program may be ideal for those who can benefit from the following:

  • Crisis intervention
  • A secure therapeutic environment
  • Comprehensive and individualized care
  • Continual monitoring
  • Social support

The program may also be beneficial for those who have a dual diagnosis. We understand that individuals who are struggling with mental illnesses may use drugs or alcohol to cope, and we provide integrated inpatient care to meet the needs of those who have co-occurring substance use disorders.

To learn more about the benefits of inpatient care, we encourage you to reach out to our knowledgeable team. We can determine whether our older adult inpatient program is right for you or your loved one.

Features of Our Older Adult Program

At Bronson Behavioral Health Hospital, we are committed to delivering an exceptional treatment experience for every person we serve. Our older adult inpatient program offers a warm and welcoming therapeutic environment where patients can focus on getting well.

Key features of our older adult inpatient program include:

  • A stress-free admissions process: We understand that individuals who are struggling with acute behavioral health concerns need to access care quickly. To connect older adults with the programming they need in a prompt manner, we are proud to provide a streamlined admissions process.
  • Thorough evaluations: Each patient participates in an assessment that helps our team learn more about their needs, health history, preferences, and treatment goals. Using this information, we can determine certain elements of their care, including the appropriate therapeutic interventions.
  • Age-appropriate services: A person’s age and life experiences can influence how they are impacted by behavioral health concerns as well as how they respond to certain therapies. We provide specialized care to help older adults address age-related concerns, such as grief, loss, and loneliness.
  • Structured support: Our dedicated staff provides 24/7 supervision and focused personal attention to ensure the safety and well-being of our patients. As part of their structured care, older adults follow a regimented daily schedule that is intended to help them work toward improved overall well-being.
  • Evidence-based practices: Our team delivers transformative care that can help our patients begin to function better. We utilize therapeutic modalities, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, that have proved effective in the treatment of behavioral health concerns.
  • A supportive community: It is not uncommon for older adults to struggle with feelings of isolation or loneliness. In this program, patients can build meaningful relationships with peers during daily group sessions, which can increase their social connectedness.
  • An empathetic team: We employ a staff of skilled and compassionate professionals who truly care about the health and well-being of our patients. Our team includes a psychologist, psychiatrists, social workers, registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and behavioral health technicians.
  • Detailed discharge planning: We provide thorough continuing care plans that are highly individualized and promote the long-term success of each patient. We begin discharge planning at admission and involve input from the patient as well as their psychiatrist, therapist, nursing staff, and family or caregivers. A person’s aftercare plan may include referrals to a lower level of care or follow-up therapies.

By participating in our older adult inpatient program, individuals can work toward an improved sense of purpose and independence. Our comprehensive programming can help them learn coping skills to manage the challenges and stressors that often come with aging.

Therapies Used in Our Older Adult Inpatient Program

We are committed to meeting each individual where they are on their healing journey and providing care that supports their mental, physical, social, and emotional well-being. In our older adult inpatient program, we offer customized care that reflects each patient’s needs and addresses age-related conditions and cognitive challenges.

Every patient receives a personalized care plan that is based on an in-depth assessment. As part of their individualized care, patients may participate in the following therapies and services:

  • Medication management services: Older adults who take medications can benefit from regular meetings with our RNs, LPNs, and nurse practitioners. Medication management services are offered on a daily basis.
  • Individual therapy: Patients can participate in individual therapy sessions led by social workers and licensed professional counselors (LPCs). Individual therapy sessions offer a secure space where patients can discuss their concerns and learn more about their diagnoses. The frequency of these meetings depends on the goals of the individual.
  • Family therapy: Social workers and LPCs conduct therapy sessions that can help families work through conflicts and improve relationships and communication. We strive to help loved ones learn how to support their family members during and after their time at our inpatient psychiatric hospital. Family therapy sessions are offered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Group therapy: Groups are led by therapists, nurses, recreational therapists, and behavioral health technicians. In group sessions, patients can learn about topics like identifying coping skills and triggers, life skills, medication education, and psychiatric disorders. Group sessions make up the bulk of therapeutic programming and are offered each day.

At Bronson Behavioral Health Hospital, each person’s care plan includes the modalities that can help them achieve the desired results. We closely monitor each patient’s progress throughout their stay and adjust their plan as needed so that they continue to get the most out of their time with us.

We are committed to the long-term well-being of our patients, and we strive to provide those in our care with high-quality services that can help them lay the groundwork for sustained wellness. While entering an inpatient program may just be the first step on a person’s healing journey, we can help them learn the tools they need to remain successful long after their time in our program ends.

Admissions Process

We understand that timing is important when it comes to finding inpatient care. For this reason, Bronson Behavioral Health Hospital offers a seamless admissions process to help each potential patient locate the care they need quickly. During an initial screening, we can learn more about the individual’s presenting concerns and determine whether our facility is a good fit for them.

To begin the admissions process, prospective patients, family members, or referral sources can call or visit us in person. Our admissions counselors are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week by phone to initiate the intake process, answer questions, and provide more information about the programs we offer. If you or someone you love can benefit from receiving age-appropriate care in the Battle Creek, Michigan, area, please reach out to our team today.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I be accompany my loved one during admission process?  

Patients with dementia or cognitive impairment may have up to two advocates accompany them during the admission process. While family therapy is not a part of current, family meetings do occur in order for discharge planning to be completed.

Can I bring my computer/cell phone?

Please refrain from bringing electronic devices. If you bring a computer, tablet, phone, or other device with you, we can securely store your items while you are in treatment and return them to you upon discharge.

Do I have my own room? How many patients to a room?

Our patient rooms are designed for a maximum of two people. You will most likely share your room with one other person during your time in treatment.

Do you provide transportation?

Yes, we provide limited transportation services for our patients. For details, contact us directly.

How frequently do I see a physician?

You will see a psychiatric provider, physician or physician’s assistant every day during your time in treatment at Bronson Behavioral Health Hospital.

Do you make accommodations for religious and/or cultural needs?

Yes, we’re happy to work with all patients to ensure that their religious or cultural needs are met throughout their time with us.

Do you accept walk-in patients?

Yes, we accept walk-in patients. However, due to certain insurance requirements, medical clearance may be required. To avoid any inconvenience, please call our admissions department prior to arrival.

Can I sign myself out once I’m admitted?

A person who is receiving treatment voluntarily can sign an intent to terminate treatment, but staff require a 72 hour hold to make a determination if patient is safe to discharge.

Leaving against medical advice is not an option for the inpatient psychiatric units. We encourage open and honest dialogue between you and your treatment team so that you can make the most informed decisions on all treatment-related matters. The discharge plan is developed through the person-centered planning process.

Can I get treatment if I do not have insurance?

Accommodations are available for uninsured patients who are seeking inpatient psychiatric care. Please call our admissions department for more information.

Do I have to go to an ER first if I’m a walk-in patient?

Certain circumstances require medical clearance prior to arrival. Please contact the admissions department to determine whether you need medical clearance before you can begin treatment

How do I call a patient at Bronson Behavioral Health Hospital  

Main Line: (269) 256-4700

Older Adult Unit 1: (269) 256-4633

Adult Unit 2: (269) 841-7900

This content was written on behalf of and reviewed by the clinical staff at Bronson Behavioral Health Hospital.

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