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Senior Health Services at OhioHealth

Specialized Care for Older Adults

At OhioHealth, we have the expertise necessary for meeting the unique needs of the geriatric population. Our senior health services include both outpatient and inpatient care.

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Outpatient Care for Older Adults and Their Caregivers

At the OhioHealth John J. Gerlach Center for Senior Health, we put older adults and/or caregivers in touch with OhioHealth services and community resources that best suit someone’s needs — even if they live outside of Ohio. These include:

  • Housing options
  • Respite care services
  • Counseling services
  • Advance directives
  • Support groups
  • Financial resources
  • Home health services
  • Other community resources


Additionally, the Gerlach Center's multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurses, social workers and other specialized healthcare professionals can provide guidance and support while helping sort through senior health and lifestyle concerns, such as:

  • Trouble managing familiar tasks
  • Memory loss
  • The coordination of different medications
  • Complicated medical issues
  • Changes in mood or behavior
  • Unintentional weight loss
  • Withdrawal, isolation and lack of joy in life
  • Concerns with the ability to live alone
  • Changes in mobility or daily independent functioning


To learn more, please call OhioHealth Gerlach Center at (614) 566.5858.

Inpatient Care for Older Adults

Grant Medical Center was the first hospital in central Ohio and one of the few in the nation to establish Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) Unit, where we provide care that’s designed to address the unique needs of patients age 70 and older. In this unit, we’re focused on:

  • Providing treatment using evidence-based medicine for elderly patients

  • Controlling pain

  • Maintaining patients’ functionality while maximizing their rest

  • Decreasing the risk of delirium and/or falls, which is otherwise high among elderly patients

  • Educating patients and their family about their illness and the healing process

In addition, ACE medical staff members support the transition of elderly patients to their home or a skilled nursing facility.

For more information about the ACE Unit at OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, please contact us at (614) 566.7257 .