Senior mental health in Aurora, Colorado

At HealthONE's Behavioral Health and Wellness Center in Aurora, we offer a comprehensive, inpatient program for senior adults (55 years old and older). We deliver individualized treatment strategies for seniors with emotional health stressors or symptoms.

For more information about senior mental health services at the Behavioral Health and Wellness Center, please call (844) 556-2012.

Behavioral health support

Our program for senior adults offers:

  • 24-hour nursing care
  • A multidisciplinary team, consisting of gerontologists, physicians, psychiatrists, nurses, psychologists, therapists and technicians
  • Assessment/treatment of cognitive and functional decline due to depression, dementia, anxiety and/or substance use
  • Assistance with activities of daily living
  • Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) (for those who can benefit from it)
  • Both private and double rooms are available
  • Recreation, pet and music therapies

Senior behavioral health conditions and symptoms

Some of the most common behavioral health issues we treat for seniors include:

  • Agitated behaviors
  • Behavioral or emotional difficulties
  • Difficulty fully expressing emotion
  • Disorganized thinking
  • Disorientation or hallucinations
  • Feeling emotions more intensely
  • Feeling overwhelmed and directionless
  • Hearing voices and/or seeing things that are not there
  • Inability to care for oneself
  • Inability to focus
  • Loss of a loved one
  • Major changes in personality
  • Overcoming anxiety and sadness
  • Overcoming trauma
  • Physically aggressive behavior or ideas that pose a threat to others
  • Reduced ability to manage stress
  • Self-injury
  • Severe depression
  • Social isolation and withdrawal
  • Suicidal thoughts or actions

Individualized plan of care for seniors

The plan of care for treatment involves a mind, body and social evaluation of an individual. The focus of the plan is to support the recovery from a high-impact life event and to significantly reduce the probability of mental health issues. Additionally, each treatment plan is aimed at instilling positive coping skills and building on strengths to achieve a balanced life.

Our plan of care includes:

  • Active psychiatric treatment with 24-hour access to a psychiatrist
  • An aftercare plan linked to the presenting behaviors that resulted in the patient’s admission to the program and addresses post-hospitalization needs
  • Ensuring family and individual support systems are an active part of the treatment team to foster positive outcomes
  • Medication administration and monitoring, as needed
  • Ongoing contact with personal caretakers, medical caretakers and the facility (when appropriate for purposes of aftercare planning)

Group therapy sessions

We offer seven group sessions during the week and five group sessions on weekends and holidays. Our team of doctors, nurses, social workers, therapists and mental health counselors will work with your support system of family and friends. We make sure you have a community supporting you on your recovery journey.

Partial hospitalization program (PHP)

Our PHP provides an intensive, structured setting for seniors who have difficulty maintaining current daily routines due to mental health symptoms. This patient-centered treatment program provides flexible treatment options and is more supportive than outpatient therapy alone.

The program also offers treatment for seniors at The Medical Center of Aurora, Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 3:00pm.

For more information or to schedule an assessment for a senior, call (303) 360-3736.

Intensive outpatient program (IOP)

Our IOP is designed to support and maintain mental and emotional health while providing our patients with the necessary tools to achieve mental well-being in an outpatient setting. IOP empowers you in a group setting by participating in treatment during the day and returning home each afternoon.

Our IOP is appropriate for individuals struggling with:

  • Crisis management
  • Depression and/or anxiety
  • Management of daily living skills
  • Medication management
  • Self-injury
  • Substance abuse

To address these mental health issues and others, IOP participants receive a wide array of structured therapy, including cognitive behavioral, dual diagnosis and trauma-informed therapies.

This program is for individuals who are physically healthy and are of no immediate risk of harm to themselves or others.

Meetings for adults take place Monday through Thursday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm at The Medical Center of Aurora.

For more information about the IOP, call (303) 360-3736.

Electroconvulsive therapy

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a proven method to help adults who need help achieving mental well-being.

It's important to note that ECT is very different now compared to how it was used many decades ago. Today, a team of professionals— including a psychiatrist, an anesthesiologist and a nurse—administers ECT while the patient is under general anesthesia. Modern ECT consists of controlled, electrical currents that affect brain chemistry in a way that can improve mental health.

Who benefits from ECT

ECT is especially beneficial to patients who do not respond well to medications, who may be pregnant or who are experiencing a rapid regression into crisis. It can help:

  • Patients who suffer from depression, mania or psychosis and who have not responded or only partially responded to conventional treatment, such as medications and therapy
  • Patients who have had multiple hospitalizations and regress rapidly into crisis
  • Patients in need of rapid, definitive response because of the severity of a psychiatric or medical condition
  • Patients experiencing symptoms of catatonia
  • Patients who cannot tolerate the side effects of certain medications

For more information about the ECT or to schedule an assessment, call (303) 360-3150 or fax (303) 360-3152.

Where to find behavioral health services for senior adults

Adults 55 years old and older can receive the benefits of our programs treatments by calling (844) 556-2012.

Psychiatric outpatient clinic

Psychiatrists at our Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic can help develop a medication plan that works best for your life.

The clinic is currently scheduling appointments on: Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays from 8:00am - 5:00pm, and is located at:

730 Potomac St., Suite 218
Aurora, CO 80011

To make an appointment for a senior at the outpatient clinic, call (720) 282-8015 or fax (303) 340-9927.