Caring for an aging parent who has been hospitalized on a psychiatric inpatient unit is incredibly challenging.
Older adults who end up needing psychiatric inpatient care may have a longstanding mental health condition, a new mental health condition, a mental health condition with medical problems, like dementia, and countless other scenarios.
If it happens that your aging parent needs psychiatric hospitalization, not only are you likely to be scared and confused, so too is your aging parent. It's incredibly upsetting to see our aging parents suffer. When we witness them struggle with mental health concerns and we see that they are suffering not only in their body, but in their psyche and their soul, it is incredibly painful thing to witness.
If you find yourself in this situation, I want you to know that you’re not alone. I'm here to help by sharing some information and resources.
This is exactly why I am devoting an episode to help you understand psychiatric inpatient units, what care looks like on a psychiatric inpatient unit, and how YOU can help your aging parent if they happen to need treatment on a psychiatric inpatient unit!
Today I have the privilege of interviewing Psychiatrist, Dr. Lisa Frank, who shares her insights into caring for older adults on psychiatric inpatient units. And she should know! She's been the medical director for two psychiatric inpatient units!
Watch the interview now!
Lisa Frank, MD is a board certified psychiatrist with special interests in geriatric psychiatry, trauma, and mood disorders. Dr. Frank has practiced in a variety of clinical settings, including inpatient psychiatry units, partial hospitalization programs, and outpatient. She has served as Medical Director for two acute psychiatric inpatient units and is a former faculty member of both Morehouse School of Medicine and Emory University School of Medicine, both in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Frank currently works in a community mental health care setting.
Here’s a sneak peek at what you’ll learn from my interview with Dr. Lisa Frank:
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Here's an important freebie I made just for you, It's called, Dementia 101: A Beginner's Guide to Dementia Disorders. In it, I describe what dementia is and isn't. I describe the phases of dementia and what to do if you're worried that your aging parent may have dementia. So, take a moment to download it. It answers some of the most frequently asked questions I get about dementia!
Here are some episodes that can broaden your understanding of dementia and caring for someone with dementia as well!
That's all for today! If you have friends who would benefit from this information, please share this video and article with them, because nobody should have to do this caregiving thing-alone.
Lots of love to you and your family.
Bye for now,
Dr. Regina Koepp
I'm a Stanford trained, Board Certified Clinical Psychologist specializing with older adults and families! I'm an Assistant Professor at Emory University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, and a staff Psychologist working with older adults and families at the Atlanta VA Health Care System. I'm a mom of two little kids and a daughter to aging parents.
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