Category: Depression

Help I’m Lonely and I Need Hope

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Pen and Ink by Ray Horner
Let’s Keep Each Other Company

There are times when all of us crave time to be alone for reflection and that good old “me” time. Yet too much alone time can lead to depression and other issues. But if you are a nursing home resident dealing with health issues a lack of social interaction and support can accelerate the reality of physical limitation..

An article in Mcknight’s Long Term Care publication highlights the impact of social isolation and lack of family support on aging residents.  They highlight the profound impact of socialization on the six dimensions of health  defined as emotional, physical,vocational,spiritual, intellectual,and social. Is it any wonder why activities are a critical component of the holistic care of a nursing home resident?

Our mission at Adopt A Nursing Home Patient challenges us to enhance the level of activities by infusing attention on the interests and passions of the individual resident. Hence, the suggestions made by the article to have book clubs, for example is targeted to the residents who love reading and discussing their books. Hence, our challenge is to locate volunteers who can not only lead a book club but have a similar passion for books.

We are convinced that attention to those six dimensions of health can really improve the quality of life for the nursing home resident. It can really give HOPE to the Lonely.

Please take a few minutes to read the Mcknight article and offer suggestions and comments.

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.