Conducted using DSM-V criteria, evaluations are based on detailed history and comprehensive clinical assessment. The findings of these evaluations are reviewed with the patients and if needed with the patient’s support system. A treatment plan addressing core findings is presented. We recommend collaborating with other providers involved in patient care. However, this collaboration is initiated only following informed consent and release of information authorization from the patient.
Medications are frequently needed to target potential psychiatric symptoms. However, their initiation and ongoing use carries risk of side effects. We take specific steps to educate patients on the risks and benefits of each medication being considered or used. Ongoing monitoring of side effects is routine part of the clinic visits. Effort to minimize the use of polypharmacy (use of multiple medications) is regularly undertaken. We pride ourselves in taking sufficient time to review each medication, its utility and side effect with our patients. We emphasize the need for a complete and unhurried conversation and ongoing availability for any follow-up questions.
Individual, couples, and family therapy form a vital part of behavioral healthcare. Therapy is provided with a focus approach to address specific issues using evidence- based methodologies. Awareness and education about the specific issues and systematic methods of controlling them with the ultimate aim of patients gaining control over their presenting symptoms so as to contain them independently. The therapists are committed to significantly improving the quality of life of their patients.
Cheney Psychiatric Associates partners with local facilities to care for the elderly at their place of residence in nursing homes and assisted living institutions. Geriatric patients with wide-ranging behavioral issues are evaluated and treated on-site. This care is coordinated in conjunction with the facility staff with the aim of stabilization of acute issues and long-term aim of improved quality of life. Family meetings with members of the resident’s family are encouraged. Educational in-service programs for the facility staff are provided to increase awareness and allow uniformity of approach to the behavioral patient.
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