April 2020 Newsletter: Telehealth Consultations

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Now Available: Telehealth Consultations!

SUN Delaware is pleased to announce that we are able to offer our telehealth consultation via Zoom. From the comfort of their own homes, our patients can request and schedule a private no-cost assessment with a member of our Intake team.

Visit our telehealth consultation page to fill out and submit a brief patient information form. Select your preferred date and time to talk with a specialist along with a note describing your situation. A SUN representative will call to confirm your appointment soon after we receive your information. One of our specialists will reach out to you at your scheduled time for a private, HIPAA-compliant video chat and consultation.

You’ll need a smart phone, laptop, or tablet with a camera to benefit from this service.

Call SUN at 302-604-5600 if you need help getting started!

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Introducing Telehealth Services

SUN Delaware offers outpatient services for our patients to safely transition back to the community with supports. We have two different programs under the “umbrella” of outpatient services. Now, both programs are available via telehealth!

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)
SUN provides this intensive level of treatment as a step down from inpatient services six hours a day, five days per week. Within this program, patients attend groups and receive psychosocial and therapeutic services from licensed mental health professionals. Within this program, patients may receive medication management. When we discharge our patients, we connect them with both a therapist and psychiatric provider in the community.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
The IOP provides intensive therapies for people who are transitioning from inpatient services or PHP. Participants in this program attend three to four days per week, three or four hours per day. Within this program, our therapists work in conjunction with a patient’s community providers to ensure a seamless continuum of care. Patients attend groups, participate in psychosocial and therapeutic services, and benefit from oversight from our nursing staff.

SUN’s outpatient programs provide essential supports for patients working toward recovery. Many of our patients have referred others to participate in these programs.

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Employee of the Month: Kim Murray, RN, Infection Prevention and Control Nurse/Employee Health

It should come as no surprise to anyone that our Employee of the Month for April 2020 is Kim Murray, RN, who leads our Infection Prevention Department. She has tackled the COVID-19 crisis head-on, working to keep everyone at SUN informed and safe.

Great job, Kim!

SUN Delaware recognizes the efforts of its employees in providing quality care for our patients on a monthly and annual basis.

Coronavirus: What You Need to Know from SUN Behavioral

The coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to present unique and rapidly changing challenges. SUN remains committed to responding quickly and responsibly to the needs of our staff, patients and their loved ones. Learn more about SUN’s response to the COVID-19 public health crisis.

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SUN Delaware would like to recognize the dedication of all employees during the COVID-19 crisis. Thank you for continuing to care for our patients on their journey to recovery.

SUN Delaware Impacts Lives

Year to date in 2020, SUN has impacted the lives of 1,188 people.
In April alone, SUN has impacted the lives of 251 people.
Recent patient comments are below.

“I was made to feel welcomed and treated with respect.”

“I would recommend this place to any person
who has been struggling with any mental illness.”

“I was not treated like I was at a hospital, and everyone was here to help me.”

Navigating Intake: Tips from our Intake Team

When you come to SUN for help, you’ll want to be prepared. Here are some tips to navigate the intake process at SUN:

  • The intake process can take several hours, including the assessment.
  • Bring three days of comfortable clothing with you. Laundry services and supplies are provided for your use on each unit.
  • Don’t wear shoes or belts with zippers or laces. Bring slippers or slides instead. We don’t allow hoodies with strings.
  • We are staffed 24-7 to help whenever a crisis occurs, even in the middle of the night.
  • If you bring any toiletries, they must be unopened. We provide everything from shampoo to lip balm if you need them.

For a fuller list of intake “dos and don’ts” click the button below.

Korin (left) and Debbie (right), seen practicing social distancing, are licensed professionals serving as part of the Intake Team. Our Intake Team is staffed around the clock to provide customized admission experiences for each individual patient.

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Recreational Therapy: An Overview with Laura Jagaczewski, CTRS

I often tell people that recreational therapy is about finding an outlet that appeals to you. It’s finding a form of self-expression you can use to boost your own self-esteem, self-acceptance, and self-love. If you’re able to find a hobby or an activity you enjoy, it can serve as an excellent coping skill when times get tough. I tell people that as long as it doesn’t hurt you or someone else, any activity that makes you feel happy or accomplished can be a form of therapy. You can go fishing. You can dance. These things are very different but both can be therapy.
Recreational therapy can also lead you to connect to others who enjoy the same activity, which makes you part of a community. I encourage you to try new things to find the outlets that make you happy.

Laura is a Certified Therapeutic Recreational Therapist. She joined SUN in 2019.

Music Therapy at SUN

At SUN Delaware, we offer a wide variety of therapies to our patients. Music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals.
Board-certified music therapist Tom Gerni is at SUN Delaware four days a week. Tom serves both inpatient and outpatient programs using music experiences to help patients achieve their goals for safety, health, and wholeness. In groups, he teaches people how music can help them decompress, cope, or just feel better. Through music therapy, patients’ abilities are strengthened and transferred to other areas of their lives. On any given day, Tom may be found strumming an instrument, dancing to 60s rock ‘n roll, or ruminating to new age music. Tom leads groups and encourages patients to interact with the music – from tapping their toes to sitting quietly and allowing their thoughts to roam.

“Music therapy is very individualized. I try to customize my approach to the people I’m meeting,” he said. “Sometimes after I work with patients, they come and ask for another selection, or a little extra time. People don’t realize how good music can be for the brain as well as the soul.”

Thomas Gerni, MT-BC is pictured with one of the instruments he incorporates into his practice, a dulcimer.

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Why I Work in Mental Health: Allison Rae Funds, SUN Receptionist

When the opportunity arose to work at SUN Delaware, I knew this is where I was meant to be. Sussex County needed SUN so badly and I had to be part of it.
Mental health is an issue that affects everyone; maybe you have dealt with it yourself or know someone who struggles with it. Seeing patients come in at the lowest points in their life when they have nothing left, then watching them find hope and self-worth is a feeling that can’t be described or replaced. I witness complete strangers’ transformations and help them begin the journey to the rest of their lives. It has improved my own mental health knowing I am here to help people find value in their lives.

When they leave, I tell each patient, “Head up and wings out.” It has become my motto. Every day I am humbled and thankful for my coworkers, who are heroes in so many ways.