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September is Suicide Awareness Month

September 12, 2018

CARROLLTON, Mo. – Carroll County Memorial Hospital Senior Life Solutions program, an intensive outpatient group therapy program, is designed to meet the unique needs of older adults over the age of 65 struggling with depression and anxiety often related to aging.

Individuals may benefit from the Senior Life Solutions program if they are experiencing any of the following common indicators or triggers:

  • Recently experienced a traumatic event

  • Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities

  • Changes in appetite

  • Difficulty sleeping

  • Loss of energy

  • Feelings of sadness or grief lasting more than two weeks

  • Feelings of worthlessness or hopelessness

  • Struggling with medication compliance/self-care

Services offered include: psychiatric evaluation, group therapy, individual therapy, family therapy, medication education, psychiatric medication management, resource development, and discharge planning.

  • The plan of care is individualized and usually starts with 3 treatment days each week for about 4 hours each day, decreasing in time as the participant progresses

  • Follow-up care is provided in the form of continued contact from staff and resource development as needed

  • Each participant’s primary care physician will be consulted regarding medication changes and progress of treatment as needed for coordination of care.

  • Senior Life Solutions staff members are available to provide educational staff in-service training and outreach organizations

  • Anyone can make a referral to Senior Life Solutions, including primary care physicians, specialists, family members, friends, community groups, and nursing or residential facilities.

The program staff includes a board-certified psychiatrist, licensed social workers, licensed counselor, an LPN, and other professionals dedicated to the emotional well-being of the seniors in our community.

Carroll County Memorial Hospital Senior Life Solutions is located across the street from the hospital in the Jefferson Medical Pavilion. Please contact Program Director, Sheila Rider, LPC, NCC, CBIS at 660-542-1695 ext. 3208 for any questions.

For more information about the services at Carroll County Memorial Hospital, visit our website or call 660-542-1695.