Senior Life Solutions
Senior Life Solutions is a confidential place where change occurs with the assistance of staff providing therapeutic interventions. These interventions are explored during group discussions of life challenges and transitions leading to healthy ways to cope in the present and future. There are three therapy groups a day along with a nursing group in which education is provided on medication management, disease processes or mind/body connections. Each Client has the ability to teach and learn from others thus creating a bond and essentially their own support group. The program treatment lasts for 6-12 weeks (2-4 days per week), and provides follow-up care after discharge. Individuals who have graduated from the program attend a monthly alumni meeting where each client has the opportunity to share their experiences and triumphs. The program is unique for this region and serves the communities in Wayne, White, Edwards, Clay, Richland, and Jefferson counties.
Mental stability is fundamental to your overall health and is essential to personal well-being and the ability to lead a balanced and productive life. Mental health problems can impair a person's thinking, feelings, and behavior and can be serious and disabling. According to the U.S. Surgeon General's report on mental health, more than half of all Americans with a severe mental illness fail to seek treatment. Many people do not receive treatment for mental health problems due to a lack of awareness of the problem, fear of stigma, or lack of access to appropriate services. Yet, overall quality of life is greatly improved when a person with a mental health issue receives an early diagnosis and receives appropriate treatment. Remember, if you’d like to discover how to handle life’s challenges, keep your body strong and enjoy life once again, call FMH Senior Life Solutions at 618-847-8298.
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There are also numerous staff members who strive daily to ensure that the clients in Senior Life Solutions live their lives to the fullest! Each staff member has a special place in their hearts for the clients they treat. The FMH Senior Life Solutions Team is multi-disciplinary in design to ensure the best quality patient care possible. The team includes a Psychiatrist, Program Director, Program Nurse, Primary Therapists, Unit Clerk, the patient, family member(s) and the Primary Care Physician.
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Ron Johnson, M.D., provides clients with psychiatric evaluations and consultations along with monitoring medications and symptom reduction. Dr. Johnson attended Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, where he also completed his residency in general psychiatry. He is also Board Certified through the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Johnson's experience in Geriatric Psychiatry allows him to be well versed in the specific mental health needs of the Senior Life Solutions clients.
Pictured is Fairfield Memorial Hospital’s Senior Life Solution Team, Susan Renshaw, Kathie Hill, MSW, LCSW, Ashley Tucker, RN, Lauren Griswold, MSW, LCSW, Senior Life Solutions Program Director.
Lauren Griswold, MSW, LCSW, Senior Life Solutions Program Director began working at FMH Senior Life Solutions as a Social Service Student intern until she finished her Bachelors in Social Work. At the completion of her Bachelors she served as the Social Service Liaison, then completed her Master’s level placement and served as the FMH Senior Life Solutions Therapist. Now, Lauren is the Program Director for FMH Senior Life Solutions.
“I enjoy working at Senior Life Solutions because I am able to see first hand the progress that is made in these individuals. It’s almost like I have seen each client grow into a different person from their depressed state at admission to their new outlook on life the day of their graduation, and that is what I enjoy the most,” stated Lauren Griswold, MSW, LCSW, Senior Life Solutions Program Director.
Ashley Tucker, RN, is our Senior Life Solutions Unit Registered Nurse and brings with her over 13 years of experience working with the geriatric population.
"I enjoy working with the geriatric population every day and enjoy working at Senior Life Solutions very much. I always look forward to the interaction with the clients and the opportunity for laughter and conversation and helping our clients through life's struggles. It is truly rewarding to watch the positive changes our program brings to our clients."
Kathie Hill, MSW, LCSW has been a Master's level social worker for many years. She also has been serving as a Clinical Social Worker and serves at the FMH Social Services Director.
"I have found my services in the Senior Life Solutions to be a benefit to myself as I help others to grow to their full potential. There is great satisfaction in witnessing a client let go of negative thoughts which can increase anxiety and depression and learn coping skills to create a more positive outlook on life," shared Kathie Hill, MSW, LCSW, FMH Director of Social Services.
Unit Clerk/Transportation Coordinator
Susan Renshaw, SLS Unit Clerk has worked with seniors the past 5 years and greatly enjoys the face to face interactions with them. Susan is married, has two daughters and two grandsons. She is a graduate of Murray State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics/Consumer Affairs area.
Susan Renshaw, SLS Unit Clerk states, "I enjoy working with seniors because they offer valuable information and life experiences which one can learn from."