Princeton House Expands Outpatient Service for Older Adults

Aug 28, 2012

Senior Link, an outpatient behavioral health program designed for older adults, is now available at all four outpatient sites operated by Princeton House Behavioral Health (PHBH).

The PHBH location in Hamilton added Senior Link this summer, joining the outpatient sites in North Brunswick, Princeton and Cherry Hill. Senior Link serves older adults who are experiencing anxiety, depression and other mood disorders, often as a result of the loss of friends and family members, either through relocation or death; loss of structure, due to retirement; or the loss of physical abilities due to illness or injury.

“These are people who have been independent for many years but now are having some difficulties in their lives,” said Khaja Faisal, MD, a staff psychiatrist at PHBH-Hamilton. “Our patients benefit from interacting with others who have similar issues.”

Therapist Bettyna Brown said the program serves as a liaison between patients and their families, ensuring that patients have the supports they need.

“This population has unique difficulties, and we are able to tailor the program to each individual,” Ms. Brown said.

Patients typically enter the program on a partial hospital basis, or five full days of programming per week. Over time, a patient’s involvement may be stepped down to an intensive outpatient level of care, which features half-day programming, three days a week.

The program includes a comprehensive evaluation by a board certified psychiatrist; group and individual counseling; coping and life-skills training; family therapy and education; and education about maintaining physical and emotional health.

Senior Link is one of several specialized programs offered by PHBH. Others include programs tailored to children, adolescents, young adults, adults and women.

Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance plans are accepted. To make a referral, please call (888) 437-1610.

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