Teletherapy Services Provide At-Home Care for Seniors Experiencing Depression, Anxiety, or Loneliness

Posted 5/20/2020 in Regional Medical Center

Regional Medical Center’s Senior Life Solutions, an intensive outpatient group therapy program for seniors, successfully made the transition to providing services remotely due to COVID-19 safety precautions. Senior Life Solutions began offering teletherapy to its patients on April 27th allowing them to receive the care they need while remaining safe and secure at home.

Teletherapy services are provided via telephone or computer by a licensed therapist. After an initial assessment, Senior Life Solutions individualizes a care plan for each patient where they meet up to three times per week in an encouraging, supportive setting. All Senior Life Solutions services are confidential and HIPAA compliant.

Bobbi Rowe, Program Director, shared, “Our new teletherapy services allow our patients to continue to benefit from group and individual therapy but from the safety of their homes. During a group session, we all dial in on the phone or log in from a computer at the same time, and each patient has the opportunity to form a bond and sometimes even friendship with other members in the group who are experiencing similar life changes.”

The program is managed by a national behavioral healthcare management company, Psychiatric Medical Care (PMC), and was able to move quickly to a remote environment as a result of PMC’s previous investment in telehealth services. Senior Life Solutions has incorporated telehealth into its care model for more than a decade.

Individuals may benefit from the program if they are experiencing symptoms of age-related depression or anxiety, dealing with difficult life transitions, a recent health diagnosis, or the loss of a loved one.  

Rowe added, “It is wonderful being part of a program that improves the quality of life for such a vulnerable population in our community, and emotional health services are needed more than ever during these difficult times.”

Referrals to the program can be made by anyone, including a patient’s healthcare provider, family member, self-referral, or another healthcare professional. For more information, call 563-927-7560 or visit regmedctr.org/seniorlifesolutions.

ABOUT RMC SENIOR LIFE SOLUTIONS

RMC’s Senior Life Solutions is managed in partnership by Psychiatric Medical Care (PMC), a leading behavioral healthcare management company. Focused on addressing the needs of rural and underserved communities, PMC manages inpatient behavioral health units, intensive outpatient programs, and telehealth services in more than 25 states. The company’s services provide evaluation and treatment for patients suffering from depression, anxiety, mood disorders, memory problems, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other behavioral health problems. For more information, visit psychmc.com/seniorlifesolutions.