The Turning Point program is an optimal healing environment for older adult men and women, age 55 and above, who have been struggling with a variety of mental, behavioral, or major neurocognitive disorders.
The Turning Point program is designed for older adults, age 55 and above. The program serves men and women who have been experiencing challenges such as the following:
- Trauma- and stress-related disorders
- Mood and affective disorders
- Psychotic disorders
- Personality disorders
- Major neurocognitive disorders
Turning Point can also be an ideal option for older adults who have been struggling with symptoms such as memory loss, disorganized thinking, suicidal thoughts, and hallucinations.
Typical length of stay in this program is about 15 days.
All admissions decisions are made on an individual basis following a detailed assessment of the potential patient’s needs. To determine if Turning Point would be a good fit for you or a loved one, please contact Vantage Point at your earliest convenience.
For older adults, mental illness and major neurocognitive disorders can be impacted by a host of age-related life events. Declining physical health, loss and grief, retirement, separation from adult children, and related experiences can have a powerful negative effect on a person’s mental health. In order for treatment to be most effective, these issues must also be addressed.
In the Turning Point program, all services are designed to best meet the needs of older adults, and all care is provided by compassionate experts who have significant experience working with members of this population. Medical care, medication management services, and the various forms of therapy that are incorporated into this program are provided in a manner that is best suited to the needs and preferences of older adults. Also, all care is offered in an atmosphere of the utmost dignity and respect.
Types of Services
Each person who heals in the Turning Point program follows a personalized treatment plan. Depending upon your needs, this plan may include the following elements:
Medical care: You’ll have the opportunity to meet with members of our medical staff, including a psychiatrist, psychiatric nurse practitioner, and registered nurses, on a regular basis.
Medication management: If you are taking prescription medications to help alleviate any physical or psychiatric symptoms, your treatment team can monitor and administer these medications during your time at Vantage Point. Patients who receive medication management services meet weekly with our attending physician. You may also schedule sessions with a psychiatrist as necessary. Medication management services are typically provided by psychiatric nurse practitioners and registered nurses.
Detoxification: If you have been struggling with addiction, you can participate in on-site medically monitored detox prior to fully engaging in the Turning Point program. Our detox program usually lasts five to seven days. During your time in detox, you’ll be under the care of medical doctors, psychiatric nurse practitioners, and registered nurses. While in detox, you may begin to participate in therapeutic programming. Depending upon the nature and severity of your addiction, you may also receive certain prescription medications to ease withdrawal symptoms and prepare you for long-term success.
Individual therapy: Throughout your time in the Turning Point program, you will meet with a licensed therapist at least once each week. Additional individual therapy sessions are available as needed. Individual therapy sessions are excellent opportunities to address important issues and receive personalized feedback in a confidential environment. During these one-on-one sessions, you can process successes and setbacks, and discuss matters that you may be hesitant to bring up in a group setting.
Group therapy: Group therapy is a fundamental element of care in the Turning Point program. Groups allow you to share your experiences, learn from others who are experiencing similar challenges, make valuable connections, and practice healthy communication skills. During your time with us, you’ll participate in multiple groups during each treatment day. Common groups in the Turning Point program include psychiatric processing, medication education, recreational therapy, discharge planning, and community issues. Depending upon the type of group, it may be led by a therapist, nurse, therapeutic recreational specialist, or behavioral health technicians.
Prior to the end of your time in the Turning Point program, you’ll receive a detailed discharge plan. This program will identify the resources that will support your efforts to maintain and build upon the progress that you made while in our care. Your discharge plan may include a recommendation for a step-down level of care, a referral to traditional therapeutic services, information about community-based resources, and similar guidance.
At Vantage Point, we understand the many ways that friends and family members can be affected by an individual’s struggles with mental illness. We also appreciate the important role that loved ones can play in the recovery process, both during and after treatment. For these reasons, we place great emphasis on supporting and empowering those who are close to our patients.
For the older adults who are healing in our Turning Point program, family therapy and educational sessions may involve spouses, partners, adult children, and other loved ones. These sessions, which are led by licensed therapists, are available on an as-needed basis. The frequency and focus of these sessions will be determined by what is in the best interests of both the patients and their family members.
Family sessions provide a supportive environment in which all participants can process how they have been impacted by their loved one’s experiences with mental illness. These sessions can also help participants to heal rifts and learn to function as a healthier and stronger unit. Finally, they can provide loved ones with essential information and guidance, so they can best support the individual’s continued recovery.