Clermont Senior Services is excited to welcome Senior Behavioral Health Services to Mercy Health – Clermont Hospital.
It is not uncommon for our older family members to experience sadness and withdrawal as their life circumstances change. When these changes in behavior become persistent, it may be a sign of a larger emotional illness, like depression.
Mercy Health has outlined signs and symptoms that a loved one may be experiencing an emotional illness, those may include:
Insomnia or too much sleep
Poor appetite or overeating
Disregard for personal appearance
Sad or blank looks
Thought of suicide
Forgetfulness or confusion
The Behavioral Health Team is ready and equipped to address these needs among older adults and to compile a care plan, that includes addressing the needs of the Caregiver. With a comprehensive approach to care, the goal of this program is restore a positive outlook on life for the senior. Services offered range from meeting with psychiatrists, group therapy with those dealing struggling with similar issues, educational programs, and inpatient hospitalization. Aftercare is provided to ensure the best possible results.
Cindy Gramke, Executive Director/CEO of Clermont Senior Services, shared these remarks, “The fruition of the new unit is an amazing example of Mercy Health Clermont Hospital’s commitment to community. In meeting with the hospital, Clermont Senior Services Adult Protective Services and other area organizations/departments who are front line responders to cases of mental illness in the elderly of our community, such as the Clermont County Mobile Crisis Unit, Clermont County Sheriff’s Department, municipality and township law enforcement departments, Mental Health and others gathered to discuss ways in which the senior with mental health impairment could be evaluated and maintained in a safe environment while a plan of care could be established. Jeff Graham, then CEO and his successor, Ken James, became committed to finding a way to answer this critical need for area seniors. The result is exciting with the grand opening of this new geriatric unit established within the Hospital’s Behavioral Health unit. We are indebted to the foresight and commitment of Mercy Health Systems in recognizing this serious need and gap by establishing this much-needed service in our community.”
If you have questions regarding these services, please call 513-735-5701. Admissions are accepted 24 hours a day. Referrals may be made by physicians, social workers, mental health professionals, social service agencies, family members or friends.