Telepsychiatry for Assisted Living & Long-Term Care

Residents in need of psychiatric evaluation and treatment often have extensive waits resulting in long term care facilities incurring additional costs such as: inefficient staffing patterns because extra ancillary staff are needed to provide one-to-one monitoring of psychiatrically fragile residents; vacant bed days due to residents being discharged early related to psychiatric instability; and increased risk management issues such as resident wandering, assaults on staff and suicide attempts.

While insurance companies have typically been willing to fund psychiatric evaluations, they too have struggled to find trained professionals who are willing to drive to and from the nursing home to provide one. This increases the insurance company's cost because disoriented and/or agitated residents are then sent to the emergency room. Typically, once the resident arrives in the emergency room they are still unable to access the psychiatric services they need in a timely fashion. The elderly resident accumulates additional wait times, causing increased costs for the hospital and increased cost to the nursing home due to bed vacancy while the resident is psychiatrically stabilized.
Telepsychiatry for Nursing Homes

A Proven Solution for Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities

Regardless of where a person lives, their quality of life can be greatly improved by having access to behavioral health care when needed. Telepsychiatry can help to alleviate the difficulties and high cost associated with transporting individuals with a physical or mental disability to another facility to receive care. Having access to prompt, in-house mental health treatment frequently translates into happier and healthier residents and a reduction in extraneous costs.
Telepsychiatry Benefits

How Telepsychiatry Works for Your Facility

Telepsychiatry offers the opportunity to:
  • Rapidly access psychiatric services
  • Reduce risk management issues associated with incidents of assault and agitation related to untreated psychiatric symptoms
  • Increase revenue to the nursing home by decreasing need for more ancillary staff to provide one-to-one monitoring of unstable residents
  • Decrease cost related to bed vacancy days
  • Reduce need for inappropriate resident admissions to emergency rooms
  • Provide adequate psychiatric follow-up care as needed

How to Get Started

To learn more about how FasPsych's telepsychiatry services can benefit your organization, give us a call at (480) 970-9097, or fill out our brief online questionnaire to expedite your service needs.

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