As part of our Empowered for Life® 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 published in the American Journal of Psychiatry showed that depression is twice as common in the home health population as in the primary care population.* The psychiatric nurse works with the doctor to treat depression so that the patient has the energy to deal with their other medical conditions.
Amedisys can provide skilled assessments of a patient's condition, administer injectable medications and provide crisis interventions, as well as individual or family counseling. With the help of the psychiatric nurse, patients learn relaxation techniques, how to reduce negative thinking, and how to express frustration and anger appropriately.
Gone are the days when there was a stigma attached to getting psychiatric treatment. Your brain is part of your physical body. Don't hesitate to ask for help.
"My nurse turned a very frightening situation into a rewarding experience for me. She was the best."
- John, Virginia
* Bruce, L. B., McAvay, G. J., Raue, P. J., Brown, E. L., Barnett, S. M., Keohane, D. J., et al. (2002).