I-70 Community Hospital and Clinics welcomes new program for older adults

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Journeys is a behavioral program for older adults, and will be opening early-May at I-70 Community Hospital.

This new program will provide support to older adults struggling with depression, anxiety, grief and loss, and other challenges associated with aging. This program will take place three days per week, offering group and individual counseling, nursing education, and other services. Transportation is available for those who need assistance to and from the program.

"Often times, these services can be difficult to find in rural areas and we are pleased to have the opportunity to meet this need for our community," CEO Jeff Bloemker said.

Studies by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that 7 million American adults over the age of 65 experience depression each year, not to mention anxiety, grief / loss, or other diagnoses. Ninety percent of those who die by suicide had a diagnosable psychiatric disorder at the time of their death, with only 42 percent receiving mental health services.

"A great opportunity for the hospital to meet the mental health needs of our community members, without them having to experience the stress of leaving town," is how Jennifer McCutcheon, program director and LCSW, describes the program. "Our seniors deserve excellent patient care and shouldn't have to travel such great distances to get it."

Journeys will be overseen by Dr. Goswami, medical director and board certified psychiatrist, and will consist of a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) / counselor, program nurse, and certified nurses aide / van driver.

Parties interested in more information on the Journeys program can contract McCutcheon at the hospital by calling 660-335-7423. The hospital is located in Sweet Springs, north of I-70.

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