The My Psychiatrist geriatric team specializes in psychiatric treatment for Alzheimer’s and dementia, along with the accompanying behavioral disturbances such as agitation, aggression, paranoia, and mood abnormalities. Our goal is to relieve symptoms and help older patients develop skills to increase their independence and mobility. We achieve this by focusing on proper assessment and diagnosis, management of co-existing conditions, medication adjustment, family education, and consultation with other health professionals.
Types of Geriatric Psychiatry Services
At My Psychiatrist, we offer two treatment options for older adults.
Geriatric patients can come to one of our South Florida offices for treatment. Our outpatient services allow patients to meet with their therapists face-to-face. Many patients benefit from receiving treatment in our offices, as it’s a distraction-free environment that helps them focus.
We also offer elderly mental health services online. With our telehealth services, patients can schedule a live, virtual appointment with their providers to receive the care they need from the comfort of home.
The Benefits of Psychiatric Telehealth Services for Seniors
Telehealth services allow patients to receive psychiatric treatment without in-person contact. Older adults can chat with their therapists via internet using their computer, phone or tablet.
Telepsychiatry is a safe, convenient option for seniors. Explore some of the benefits of geriatric telepsychiatry services.
One of the biggest obstacles older adults face when starting therapy is getting to their appointments. Those who don’t drive must rely on public transportation, a friend or relative to get them to their appointments, which may not always be convenient. Older adults with health issues may also find it uncomfortable to travel or be physically unable to do so.
Telehealth services remove the transportation barrier, allowing patients to connect with therapists from home. By reducing transportation issues and scheduling conflicts, telehealth services help older adults remain consistent with their appointments. Consistency is crucial for effective psychiatric treatment.
Some patients are concerned about protecting their privacy and hesitate to visit a physical office location. Telehealth service is one of the most discreet ways to receive psychiatric treatment. Seniors who aren’t comfortable going in person often feel more at ease when they can participate in therapy from the privacy of their own homes.
At home, older adults typically have everything they need at their disposal, eliminating concerns about managing pain, incontinence and other issues that may arise when traveling to a new place.
4. Health and Safety
Telehealth services can help reduce health and safety concerns for seniors. Virtual sessions eliminate the risk of catching or spreading an illness at the office, which is vital for seniors with health issues that make them vulnerable to complications.
Telehealth appointments can also reduce the risk of accidents. Seniors who have difficulty walking or getting around can avoid obstacles like stairs and unfamiliar places by having an online mental health appointment.
Our board-certified psychiatrists specialize in the following geriatric psychiatric conditions:
Dementia With Behavioral Issues
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Book an Appointment Online Today
Whether you’re seeking care for yourself or a loved one, My Psychiatrist is a top elderly mental health provider offering in-person and online services. Schedule an appointment with one of our adult mental health professionals in South Florida today. We have offices in Hollywood, South Miami, Oakland Park and Boca Raton.
Whether you choose in-person or telemedicine services, our board-certified psychiatrists and nurse practitioners will provide an accurate diagnosis and personalized treatment plan to meet all your needs.