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    Choosing Between Inpatient and Outpatient Behavioral Care

    Last updated 6 days ago

    RISE Behavioral Health is a program offered through Southern Hills Hospital to provide focused care for adults over 50 facing issues such as depression, dementia, anxiety, and substance abuse. There are two pathways for behavioral healthcare through this program: inpatient and outpatient care.

    Inpatient care is provided through a dedicated 14-bed unit, and it may be most appropriate for severe mental health issues or adults who require daily personal care. Outpatient care utilizes group therapy and one-on-one sessions for an intensive program offering results without a hospital stay. This may be a more affordable and flexible option for individuals who may not need around-the-clock supervision and care.

    If you have a loved one over 50 struggling with depression, thoughts of self-harm, or mood changes related to dementia, call Southern Hills Hospital at (702) 880-2700 to learn what RISE Behavioral Health can do to help. 

    Tips for Minimizing Splurge Days in Your Diet

    Last updated 10 days ago

    As you get on the path to better health by transitioning to a healthier diet in the New Year, you may have temptation with junk food and unhealthy fast food choices. It can be hard to give up all of the not-so-healthy choices you are used to in favor of more nutritious options, but there are some strategies that can help you fight the urge to splurge.

    This video shares some pointers that will let you indulge more carefully so that you can follow a healthier diet all year round. When you do have foods that are high in fat or sugar, keep portion sizes small and try to only eat them a few times each month.

    For support and resources that can boost your success in your diet for the New Year, call Southern Hills Hospital through our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 880-2700. You can reach us 24/7 for answers to your health questions or physician referrals within our Las Vegas hospital. 

    Insights on Alzheimer's Research

    Last updated 12 days ago

    Alzheimer’s disease is a prevalent cause of dementia among elderly adults, but there is still much that needs to be learned about this disease to find a cure or advance prevention efforts. This video shows highlights from a conference with the NIH on Alzheimer’s related dementias. It is important to distinguish Alzheimer’s from other dementias, because there are crucial distinctions in their causes and progression. Watch the whole video clip to learn about current Alzheimer’s research and areas where the disease still poses big questions in the medical field.

    If you have a loved one suffering from personality changes and mental health complications related to dementia, explore the services of RISE Behavioral Health at Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center. You can reach us online or by calling (702) 880-2700. 

    Finding a Healthy Target Weight for Your New Year's Resolution

    Last updated 13 days ago

    Losing weight is always a leading goal for New Year’s resolutions, but it may be an unsuccessful one if you do not have a clear plan in mind. In order to get healthy through weight loss, you should first know the healthiest weight for your body type.

    Measuring your current BMI should be your first step in planning a weight loss goal. This way, you can see where you stand in terms of whether you are overweight or obese along with the range of healthy weights for your height. BMI is not the only factor to consider, since muscle does weigh more than fat, and different body shapes may have different ideal weights. Therefore, you might account for a gain of about 5-10 pounds of muscle along with the loss of fat. If you carry most of your excess weight in your belly, you may also have to lose more weight than someone who carries weight in the hips and thighs in order to be your healthiest.

    To learn more about personalizing a healthy weight loss goal for the New Year, connect with Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center. You can reach us on our website or at (702) 880-2700 to begin learning about our programs for better health throughout the Las Vegas community. 

    What Happens When Depression Goes Untreated?

    Last updated 14 days ago

    Clinical depression is a serious medical condition, but many people often assume it is just a phase that will pass on its own. Depression is more than passing sadness, however. It is caused by physical imbalances in the brain that cause feelings of worthlessness, sadness, anger, guilt, or hopelessness. Along with these feelings, there may be a number of other symptoms that can worsen significantly without treatment. Here is a closer look at the effects that may result from prolonging depression treatment.

    Poor Diet and Sleep Patterns

    For some people, depression may lead to overeating, while others may have no appetite at all. Sleep may be affected similarly with some depression patients sleeping far too much and others suffering from insomnia. In any situation where sleep and diet are affected, individuals with depression may experience a number of side effects such as a higher risk for heart disease or significant changes in body weight.

    Increased Chances of Self-Destructive Behavior

    Depression has a high risk for suicide, substance abuse, and other destructive behaviors, which may only become more of a problem as depression goes untreated. If a loved one is struggling with depression, any talk of suicide or self-harm should be taken seriously and met with psychological care.

    Physical Depression Symptoms

    Many people do not realize that symptoms like headaches, heartburn, chronic pain, or digestive issues can all be the result of depression. Men tend to ignore these symptoms more frequently than women, so they are overall less likely to seek treatment for depression without the encouragement of a spouse or relative.

    To learn where you can find the right treatment for depression, call Southern Hills Hospital’s Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line 24/7. You can also connect with us online to explore our behavioral care for older adults offered through RISE Behavioral Health. 

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