Compassionate Counseling
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WHY REFER US?

Primary care physicians:

 

We work with your practice to show you how to generate an average of $30,000 in additional annual revenue for you without taking ANY time away from your time with your patients by opening up the value of depression screening. Hope in Home Counseling for Seniors provides these screens to your office for all of your adult patients to complete, and we arrange to score them for the you, or your staff may use our simple online portal for scoring then bill the patient's insurance annually for an average reimbursement of $15 per screen (the average primary care physician in the U.S. has just over 2000 patients on their panels*). For patients that require an assessment our service will take referred patients, and schedule an appointment with one of our qualified licensed specialist.

 

Preference for primary care practitioners: Most older adults who seek professional help for their emotional problems go to their primary care physicians, who typically have not been trained to identify and treat mental disorders.

 

Do you have patients that frequently make visits to your office without relief in symptoms after tests are negative? They may be experiencing depression!

 

ALF & ILF administrators:

 

We work closely with facility administrators in giving them a further understanding of the value that comes from annual depression screening their residents, so for them to maintain healthy minds, and this leads to a more physically sound, and healthy resident.

 

The number one cause of residents leaving a facility is due to failing physical health, and according to the Institute of Medicine report, untreated mental health conditions lead to poorer physical health. In order for residents to remain at a facility for an extended period of time we work at no additional expense to the facility on their residents state of mind, and ultimately benefiting the facilities bottom line.

 

Additionally facilities will come to see the value in working with our network of mental health therapist vs. individual or small group practitioners that regularly have day to day life circumstances that disrupt their ability for consistent care for a facilities residents, while working with a network like ours has the resources to avoid those situations, and unneeded interruption in care.

 

The process:

 

When a facility selects Hope In Home Counseling for Seniors to manage their mental health services, the following steps will occur:

 

Hope In Home Counseling for Seniors will work with the Facility Staff to identify residents who are in need of mental health therapeutic services. Specifically, they will be taught to detect the following symptoms/disorders using screens, and observation techniques:

 

a) Confusion

b) Inappropriate sexuality

c) Paranoia

d) Refusal to eat

e) Frequent mention of death

f) Depression

g) Aggressive behavior

h) Anxiety

i) Extreme mood swings

j) Post-traumatic shock

k) Non-compliance with medical treatments

 

When these behaviors are observed, the staff member will request a referral by accessing the Hope In Home online referral form for an initial mental health assessment by a Hope In Home Counseling for Seniors therapist.

 

Upon completion of the initial assessment of the resident, the therapist will recommend a treatment plan compatible with the facility’s  “Care Plan”.

 

The therapist will see the patient on a weekly basis for individual psychotherapy, as warranted.  He/she will also provide clear and thorough communication with regular updates to the staff through charting, staff discussions, and participation in meetings.

Additionally, our therapists are ready on a moment's notice to assist in a crisis.

 

Hope In Home Counseling for Seniors is committed to working with the facility staff to provide comprehensive quality behavioral services.  Our aim is to create a program that will improve residents’ functional capacity, and help staff in their role of caregivers.

The clergy:

 

The clergy continues to play a crucial role in the U.S. mental health care delivery system. However, mental health interventions appear to be needed to ensure that clergy members recognize the presence, and severity of disorders, as well as deliver therapies of sufficient intensity and quality,

and collaborate appropriately with mental health care professionals.

 

Houses of worships, and alike are where some older adults may lean on faith, family, friends, herbalists, and community service providers, instead of therapy for mental health issues, and it seems like a good place to start, but should be followed up with professional help. While sometimes these sources of help are successful, but often people with mental disorders benefit from professional treatment.

 

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