Working with Care Groups
Enhancing Wellbeing: Supporting Older Adults in Care Homes
As we grow as a business, we continue to emphasize the critical importance of addressing the specific needs and challenges faced by older adults in care homes as the UK's population continues to age. The proportion of individuals aged 65 and over has steadily increased from 15% in 1985 to 17% in 2010, representing a growth of 1.7 million people. Projections indicate that by 2035, this age group will account for 23% of the total population (Office for National Statistics, UK Census 2011).
Within England alone, it is estimated that there are over 400,000 older individuals residing in care homes (Care Quality Commission, The state of health care and adult social care in England in 2011/12). This includes individuals receiving care in residential and nursing accommodations funded by Councils with Adult Social Services Responsibilities, as well as those who self-fund their care, either partially or in full.
Regrettably, many older people, particularly those in care homes, continue to face challenges such as depression, loneliness, and diminished satisfaction and wellbeing. To enhance their mental wellbeing, it remains essential to prioritize meaningful activities, the preservation and development of personal identity, and the provision of appropriate support for health conditions and sensory impairments.
In our ongoing collaboration with care homes, we provide additional support and comprehensive assessments for residents. We understand the importance of empowering care staff and ensuring they receive adequate training and support to:
- Identify any existing mental health conditions, sensory impairments, or physical problems a person may have.
- Observe and monitor any changes in a person's usual behavior or signs of new conditions.
- Document these observations in the individual's care plan.
- Communicate relevant information and concerns with healthcare professionals, including the person's GP.
- Recognize when and how to make appropriate referrals to the relevant healthcare services.
Access to healthcare remains a fundamental right for all individuals, regardless of their residence in a care home. To promote the wellbeing of care home residents and address their physical and mental health needs effectively, care home managers can:
- Foster collaborative partnerships with healthcare organizations and professionals.
- Ensure timely referrals are made when necessary.
- Facilitate ongoing monitoring and review of existing conditions, with access to a comprehensive range of primary, secondary, specialist, and mental health services.
- Encourage practice and care home nurses to engage in joint working and share up-to-date knowledge and skills with other staff members, as well as with the individuals and their families.
Our organization remains committed to delivering expert and personalized care and support for individuals with mild, moderate, or severe mental health problems, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, and borderline personality disorder.
If you are interested in learning more about how our services can assist your care home in enhancing the wellbeing of older adults, our dedicated business team is available to discuss and explore potential solutions that align with your specific needs and requirements. Together, we can continue to make a positive impact on the lives of those in care homes and promote their overall health and happiness.
Please contact our team for more information.