Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Southcoast Behavioral Health Hospital to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at Southcoast Behavioral Health Hospital.

  • These restrictions have been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Premier Treatment For Schizophrenia in Dartmouth, Massachusetts

Southcoast provides the highest quality schizophrenia treatment for adolescents & adults. Our treatment plans include individualized therapies to promote long-term recovery from schizophrenia.

Schizophrenia Treatment

Learn more about schizophrenia treatment at Southcoast Behavioral Health Hospital in Dartmouth, MA

Schizophrenia is a potentially devastating disorder that is characterized by a wide range of troubling symptoms, including delusions, hallucinations, incoherent speech, disorganized or catatonic behavior, diminished emotional expression, and significantly decreased motivation to engage in purposeful activities. The cognitive and emotional turmoil that is associated with schizophrenia can render a person virtually incapable of thinking clearly and/or differentiating between reality and hallucinations or delusions. By definition, schizophrenia involves the impairment of at least one major area of functioning. Individuals who are living with schizophrenia may have difficulties in a variety of academic, occupational, and social situations, and may experience significant struggles in their efforts to understand and interact with their environment.

At Southcoast Behavioral Health, we have developed a variety of programming options that can alleviate the psychological pain of schizophrenia and help individuals who have been dealing with this disorder to regain their ability to more fully participate in a productive and satisfying life.

Helping a Loved One

Helping a loved one or family member get treatment for schizophrenia

Having a close friend or family member who is living with schizophrenia can be confusing, frustrating, and, at times, overwhelming. The severity and complexity of this disorder can cause loved ones to feel that they are helpless to provide meaningful support. But if someone you care about has schizophrenia, you shouldn’t feel either helpless or hopeless. There are several steps that you can take to make a lasting positive difference in your loved one’s life.

Your first step should be to educate yourself about schizophrenia. As you learn about the signs and symptoms of this disorder and gain a greater understanding of your loved one’s experience, you will be better prepared to provide empathetic support and tangible solutions. Online resources, your local library, and area mental health services organizations can be excellent sources for learning about the basics of schizophrenia, as well as researching the types of treatments that have helped others whose struggles were similar to what your loved one is experiencing.

Consulting with experts either online or in person can also provide you with essential insights into how best to support your loved one and encourage him or her to get the professional help that he or she so desperately needs. Your understanding of the degree to which your loved one’s schizophrenia has impaired his or her ability to perceive reality and interact with others will play an important role in determining the best strategy for getting him or her into treatment.

Of course, your loved one is not the only person who is impacted by his or her schizophrenia. For this reason, it is important to ensure that you are not neglecting your own physical, psychological, and spiritual wellbeing. If other friends or family members are capable of helping you support your loved one, accept their assistance. Maintaining your physical and mental strength is important both for your own wellbeing and for that of your loved one. You cannot be a source of consistent and reliable support if you are not tending to your own needs as well.

Why Consider Treatment

Why consider treatment for schizophrenia at Southcoast Behavioral Health Hospital in Dartmouth, MA

It is difficult to overstate the devastating impact that schizophrenia can have on a person’s life. In addition to distorting a person’s ability to perceive reality and impairing his or her ability to communicate, untreated schizophrenia can also involve depression, anxiety, phobias, sleep disturbances, memory problems, and slowed cognitive processing. People who are subject to such distressing symptoms may find it virtually impossible to complete their education, find and keep a job, live independently, form and maintain healthy interpersonal relationships, and otherwise participate in a satisfying and productive life. People who have schizophrenia have a reduced life expectancy, which may be associated with the increased likelihood that they will smoke cigarettes and abuse alcohol and other drugs, as well as their heightened risk for developing diabetes, cardiovascular problems, and pulmonary disease.

Southcoast is a one-of-a-kind treatment center with the most compassionate staff. They truly do care about each client and their individual needs. If you're looking for a family away from home and the support to rehabilitate your life, Southcoast Behavioral is the place.

– Anonymous Client
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