Windmoor Healthcare of Clearwater
About Windmoor Healthcare of Clearwater
- Specialized Inpatient & Outpatient Mental Health Care for Older Adults
- Baker Act receiving/Crisis Stabilization Units
- Medication Management
- Detox & Substance Use Treatment
- Safe, secure Older Adult unit staffed by a Psychiatrist, Nurse & Mental Health professional
Windmoor Healthcare is a progressive, fully accredited behavioral health facility that treats adults suffering from a substance use disorder, mental health issue, compulsive gambling, or co-occurring disorders. Our full-service psychiatric care is provided through inpatient and outpatient programs. The level of care a patient receives is determined by the results of his or her no-cost assessment. The levels of treatment we offer is Inpatient, Outpatient, Military, Telehealth.
We also provide aftercare resources to help patients maintain stability as they reintegrate into the community after treatment. These resources include group meetings and an extensive network of outpatient services.
Older Adult Inpatient Program - treats psychiatric disorders common among the aging population. Our interdisciplinary healthcare team addresses these patients’ physical needs and emotional problems while being considerate to the feelings of the family during this difficult time. This specialized program recognizes potential for behavioral change through education and treatment. We focus on the strengths of each patient to encourage him or her to attain the highest level of function possible. Physical safety and individual treatment are paramount. Family members and significant others are an integral part of care and are included in all areas of behavioral health treatment, including discharge planning. The team considers the individual’s physical, emotional, social, and safety needs when recommending future care. After discharge, patients may take advantage of a wide variety of follow-up and outpatient psychiatric care programs offered by the hospital.
BAKER ACT: Windmoor Healthcare is a designated Baker Act receiving psychiatric facility under the Florida Mental Health Law. The Baker Act is the informal name for the Florida Mental Health Act (FS 394). It includes:
- Definitions of mental health terms, services, and treatment programs
- Descriptions of where and how treatment should be offered to children and adults
- Differences between patients who are voluntary and those who are involuntary
- Procedures for admitting, transferring, and discharging patients between facilities
- Patient rights and grievance procedures
- Rules regarding patient transportation
Rules -Patients who are able to give expressed and informed consent can be admitted as voluntary patients. These are individuals who make a knowing and willful decision for psychiatric treatment without any element of force, fraud, deceit, duress, or another form of constraint or coercion. A person can be taken to a receiving facility for an involuntary examination if there is reason to believe he or she is mentally ill and because of his or her mental illness has refused an exam or is unable to determine whether an exam is necessary. People can be “Baker Acted” if they are a serious danger to self or others, or if they are likely to suffer from neglect or harm if current behavior continues.
Behaviors to Look For - Individuals with mental illness who may need further evaluation typically exhibit a combination of the following behaviors, characteristics, or indicators of their illness:
- Behaviors: rapid speech, flight of thought, no eye contact, quick movements, disconnected speech patterns, constant moving or pacing, trouble concentrating, mood changes quickly and frequently from the highs to the lows, disorganized thoughts, disoriented to time or place, acts of violence, cutting self, combative or aggressive behavior, inappropriate dress or nudity
- Hallucinations: sees people who are not there, hears voices telling them to hurt themselves or others, reports that the television is suggesting harm to others, turning the head as if listening to an unseen person
- Self-care issues: insomnia or increased sleep, has not eaten for days, not taking prescribed medications, home is in disarray, neglects household, property or personal hygiene (to the point of putting self or others at risk)
- Feelings: low self-esteem with feelings of hopelessness or helplessness, flat affect (not reacting with much feeling or interest)
- Suicidal risks: has weapons or access to weapons, speaks about previous attempts, makes direct comments about dying or hurting self, evidence of previous attempts such as scars on the wrists
- Elderly issues: wandering at night, leaving things on the stove unattended, not eating or sleeping or caring for personal needs, unrealistic fears, uncontrollable anxiety, confusion, quantity and age of unused foods in the home
- Substance use: excessive use of prescribed medications, use of alcohol or illegal substances while taking medications. (If substance use appears to be the only issue, the Marchman Act may be more appropriate.)