Emily Carlson

Emily Carlson, MSW, LICSE, the assigned ACP mental-health clinician will be joining the team soon.

The Lutheran Home in Belle Plaine recently announced collaboration with Associated Clinic of Psychology (ACP), a leading national provider on Geropsychological services. Through the ACP, residents will have access to mental health, emotional and behavioral support services.

“With close to 40 years of experience, ACP can support the development of a therapeutic milieu to mitigate psychological distress and related behaviors presented in the residential community along with improving quality of life for the residents/tenants to supplement the employee work force effectiveness,” according to a representative from ACP.

ACP’s approach to geriatric mental health incorporates not only individual assessment and therapy for residents, but an integrated team approach that may include recommendations for the resident’s entire care team, making sure that the improvements to their lives continue.

According to the CDC, it is estimated 20 percent of people 55+ experience some type of mental health concern. The most common conditions include anxiety, severe cognitive impairment and mood disorders such as depression or bipolar disorder.

“The collaboration with ACP allows our residents to access mental health services within their home, “said Jacqueline Grimm, Regional Director of Senior Services for Minnesota Care Communities. “Mental, emotional and behavior health is essential to a person’s wellbeing. With ACP, we can continue to meet the needs of our residents and enhance the care provided to our residents. It is exciting to bring such a reputable and dedicated team to our home.”

Emily Carlson, MSW, LICSE, the assigned ACP mental-health clinician will be joining the team soon.

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