Month: November 2016

Depression in Nursing Homes is Higher Than in Adult Day Care

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Visit a patient today and bring a flowers of hope that may help to break the bleakness of any depression that may be festering. It may not always be evident but some folks in nursing homes may be depressed.

According to  Centers for Disease Control  the diagnosis of depression was higher in nursing homes than in Adult Day Care Centers or retirement residential centers in 2012.

Because older adults may have more health issues which contributes to the likelihood that they will be depressed. If you compound that with the feelings of helplessness and loss of control and it is no wonder that many people in nursing homes get depressed.

In older adults depression often occurs alongside other medical conditions. Depression can even worsen the exiting medical conditions. To add to the madness medications for these medical issues can cause side effects that may affect the persons depression.

Most nursing home facilities recognize this and have a strong activities program. However, visitation from outside folks enhance the existing activity efforts. It is another reason to visit nursing home patients as much as possible.

 

What We Desire To Do

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Have you ever visited someone in a nursing home? Did you ever recall how expansive their interests and involvement was before their illness restricted their activities? Did you mourn with them in the loss of that freedom and wish you could help them feel connected to some of the things that used put a sparkle in their eyes?

It is our desire to help nursing home patients get that sparkle back in their eyes despite their current limitations. Our volunteers want to help the nursing home activities staff provide activities targeted to individual hobbies and interests.

For example, if a group of residents have been identified that used to play the guitar than volunteers who play the guitar will visit them on a consistent basis-to play the guitar not just to them but with them.

For many of the patients the visits they receive from our volunteers may be one of the few they get if family and friends are not able to encourage them.

We also hope to provide encouragement support sessions to staff providing direct care to the residents. Don’t they deserve a sparkle in their eyes too?

 

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