Senior Bridges Program



Adults age 50 and older can get the dedicated care they need with inpatient and outpatient programs at Senior Bridges of Northern Nevada Medical Center.

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For more information about the Senior Bridges Inpatient Program or to schedule a free confidential assessment, call 775-356-4071. To learn more about our intensive outpatient program, call 775-356-1279.

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Inpatient Program

Senior Bridges is the only behavioral health inpatient program in the region that is located within an acute care hospital. Commonly treated disorders include:

  • Behavioral issues related to dementia due to Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, Lewy body dementia, vascular dementia, etc.
  • Major depression
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Sleep disorders
  • Psychosis
  • Schizophrenia
  • Schizoaffective disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Anxiety and agitation
  • Substance use disorder

The Inpatient Team and Treatment

At Senior Bridges, patients are provided with a multidisciplinary team comprised of physicians, hospitalists, nurses, certified nursing assistants and licensed social workers, as well as occupational, speech, physical and recreation therapists.

Patients receive:

  • A history and physical evaluation by a physician within 24 hours of admission
  • A psychiatric evaluation by a psychiatrist within 24 hours of admission
  • 24-hour nursing care in a secure, compassionate environment
  • Medication management
  • A communication evaluation
  • A occupational evaluation
  • A recreational evaluation
  • A psychosocial assessment

These assessments allow us to create an individualized treatment plan for each patient. Patients attend group, individual and family therapy depending on the individualized plan. Our environment, treatment and activities are focused on bringing patients to the best possible level of functioning.

Intensive Outpatient Program

The intensive outpatient program at Senior Bridges is more comprehensive than a traditional outpatient program and is designed for adults 50 years and older who are struggling with issues such as depression, anxiety, feelings of hopelessness or many other things that can interfere with everyday life.

Some common things to look for are:

  • Difficulty concentrating or having the motivation to complete everyday tasks
  • Lack of interest or pleasure in life, isolating from loved ones
  • Changes in appetite or sleep patterns with decreased energy level
  • Feeling irritable, depressed, overwhelmed, hopeless and useless, sometimes with suicidal thoughts
  • Feeling helpless, often with more physical pain
  • Difficulty managing the loss of a loved one, a pet or loss of a job
  • Decreased interest in daily activities
  • Inattention to personal care and hygiene

The goal of the intensive outpatient program at Senior Bridges is to help our seniors find new value and meaning in their lives beyond their current emotional struggle. We are able to achieve this in a comfortable setting that enables patients to return home at the end of the therapy day.

Other benefits of our program include:

  • Patients are with others who are working on similar issues in a group therapy setting
  • We have a supportive environment to foster independence and self-confidence
  • Programming begins at 10 a.m. and concludes at 2 p.m. so patients can return home the same day
  • Average attendance is two-to-three days a week
  • Patients can receive individual, couples, family and group therapy
  • Professionals from many disciplines work with the patient and their family
  • Lunch is provided and offers patients an opportunity to broaden their emotional support network

There are numerous areas we address and skills we provide in treatment, including:

  • Working through grief
  • Coping skills
  • Anxiety and depression education
  • Cognitive therapy/stress management
  • Anger management
  • Communication skills
  • Socialization skills
  • Relaxation skills
  • Managing emotions more effectively
  • Relationship building

Learn More about Common Conditions

  • Dementia — a general term to describe a wide variety of symptoms due to loss of brain function
  • Alzheimer's disease — the most diagnosed form of dementia
  • Parkinson's disease — a disorder of the central nervous system that most noticeably affects motor control
  • Psychosis — a general term that typically involves delusions, hallucinations and depression
  • Schizophrenia — a specific type of psychosis that can involve aggression, irritability and disorganized thoughts
  • Bipolar disorder — characterized by extreme emotional highs and lows
  • Anxiety and agitation disorders — severe anxiety or agitation that last for weeks or months at a time
  • Major depression — constant, severe depression that can interfere with everyday life

The Admission Process

Senior adults, age 50 and older, can be admitted to Senior Bridges through self-referrals or through referrals from an emergency department, assisted living facility or physician. The facility is open for admissions 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and a staff member will meet patients at the hospital or another location to complete a pre-admission assessment.

To learn more about the Senior Bridges Inpatient Program, call 775-356-4071. To learn more about our intensive outpatient program, call 775-356-1279.