Swain County Hospital offers unique psychiatric care resource for Medicare patients

Bryson City, N.C. – Swain County Hospital offers an excellent resource for community members called Senior Life Solutions, a program that facilitates intensive outpatient psychiatric care for adults and seniors with Medicare.
The program, which is located inside Swain County Hospital, is available to individuals through physician or self referral. Patients experiencing symptoms such as depression, anxiety, sleep disturbances, suicidal thoughts, social withdrawal, disorientation, hallucinations, feelings of worthlessness, interpersonal conflicts, deterioration of daily living skills, and other psychiatric symptoms that disrupt daily life, will benefit from participating in the program.
Individuals in the program have access to psychiatric appointments with Licensed Clinical Social Workers John Stoeckel and Nancy Marts, as well as monthly appointments with psychiatrist Dr. James Greene, who also serves as medical director of the program. These providers evaluate the nature of patients’ symptoms and help to alleviate them through services like individual and group therapy, family therapy, medication education and management, and more. Patients will find a wealth of support and understanding, as well as guidance, in the professionally-trained and skilled Senior Life Solutions staff.
“This program is truly a resource for the community that cannot be found elsewhere,” said Lacy Webster, RN, Program Director. “We are thrilled to offer these important services to individuals desiring psychiatric consultation and are skilled in offering support and guidance in this area.”
Those entering the program typically attend three-hour treatment sessions up to three days per week, with treatment time lessening as symptoms improve. Follow-up care is provided with continued contact from staff and resource development as needed. Free transportation is also available to program participants dependent upon location and appointment times.
Senior Life Solutions staff and providers are knowledgeable and trained in providing psychiatric care and are also available to provide in-service education and information to professionals or businesses upon request.
For more information, or to request education or an appointment, contact Senior Life Solutions at 828-488-4044.