The March/April 2012 Issue of Social Work Today covered a familiar topic for our residents and other diagnosed individuals: Should I consider residential treatment? How can I choose the best residential treatment center that fits my individual needs?
Because there are no solid rules or guidelines to quickly figure out an answer, finding the answers to those questions can become confusing for many. Residents tend to enter residential treatment during critical or crisis situations where a more intensive treatment is required. Others who go into residential treatment have complicated illnesses with physical disabilities. In both cases, residential treatment is usually referred by outpatient centers that have been unable to treat or care for the mentally disabled individual.
Residential treatment centers are unique in that they have a wholesome availability of resources ranging from emotional support to social integration. Emotional resources especially can become important because the residents may have inadequate connections to fulfill this need. Having around the clock observation and availability from professionals also means that the symptoms and behavior can be more easily diagnosed with the right treatment program. It is a safe and controlled environment that nurtures personal successes and grows them. If any emergencies were to come up, residential centers are able to send the resident quickly and efficiently with one of their partner hospitals to provide the best care without causing more anxiety or stress to all those involved. Residential treatment, in general, is a higher standard of care for mental health residents.
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The Villa Orlando and Pasadena Villa’s Smoky Mountain Lodge are adult intensive psychiatric residential treatment centers for clients with serious mental illnesses. We also provide other individualized therapy programs, step-down residential programs, and less intensive mental health services, such as Community Residential Homes, Supportive Housing, Day Treatment Programs and Life Skills training. Pasadena Villa’s Outpatient Center in Raleigh, North Carolina offers partial hospitalization (PHP) and an intensive outpatient program (PHP). If you or someone you know may need mental health services, please complete our contact form or call us at 407-574-5190 for more information.