Uvalde Memorial Hospital’s Crossroad’s program for senior adults is a specialized program.  The program is designed to meet the mental health needs of the area’s senior population.  First of all, it provides a complete assessment of the patient’s mental health needs.  A licensed, master clinician screens the patient’s health, social, emotional, and occupational functioning.

Before someone is admitted to Crossroads a psychiatrist must indivudually evaluate the person's needs.  They work together on deciding medication questions.  The psychiatrist follows up with the patient if medication is prescribed.

Many patients who attend Crossroads have been depressed or have been anxious.  Experts have found that group therapy is a very effective way to treat these illnesses.  Licensed, master therapists lead the therapy groups which the patients attend while in Crossroads.

Patients may also participate in individual or family therapy sessions if the treatment team believes this would also be an effective treatment.

Crossroads has just prepared itself to transition to tele-psychiatry.  Beginning on July 1, 2010, all of our initial psychiatric assessments and the follow-up psychiatric treatment will be conducted via an interactive video conferencing system which was recently installed.  The patients will be interacting with a psychiatrist who is located in Houston.

Tele-psychiatry will enable the doctor to assess and admit patients to the program more efficiently and with much less wait time.  The psychiatrist will be able to conduct consults for local medical staff in a timely manner.  This new dimension of Crossroads will bring psychiatry closer to patients and the medical staff of Uvalde Memorial Hospital.  It’s an exciting time to be part of Crossroads.

The elderly patient population is at high risk for falls.  Crossroads staff evaluates each patient at admission to assess areas where they need help to be safe.  Staff members make sure patients bring and use assistive devices such as walkers and canes if they need assistance.  Staff do whatever it takes to ensure patient safety.  We teach each patient to do what she or he can do for herself or himself.

Our patients are some of the most fragile persons in the community.  We encourage each patient to do whatever she or he can do in order to maintain dignity and independence.  We also provide care in a safe and secure environment for persons whose trust we work hard to earn and maintain.

Each staff member at Crossroads is challenged to remember that each patient is a person of dignity who is to be honored and is also a member of the treatment team.  Each of us works hard to listen to the patients.  We involve each patient in treatment planning and the review of treatment goals.  This way we have seen patients participate more fully and attain their goals sooner.  As a result the program is growing.

Crossroads is involved with other community agencies.  For example, the Georgie Briscoe Resource Center has recently made available a laptop computer for our patients.  This resource enables our patients, their family members and care-givers online access to a multitude of educational resources from Morningside Ministries.  These resources will help improve the quality of life of our patients.