The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day on 10th October each year. The day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.
The UK population is ageing rapidly, with the number of people aged 65 and over growing by nearly half in the past 30 years. The fact that people are living longer is a cause for celebration, but older people are more vulnerable to mental health problems with depression affecting around 22% of men and 28% of women aged 65 years and over. You can get more details on this from https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/statistics/mental-health-statistics-older-people
Just looking at the key factors that affect mental health and wellbeing in older people, there are five main contributory factors:
Which is why at Blossom Home Care we lay so much store on the physical wellbeing of our clients, their participation in meaningful activities, and their ability to build strong relationships with their carers.
Our emphasis is on a holistic approach to care so that, as well as having access to the Nursing Team, the Blossom Care Plan fully meets the needs of the client, including helping them to continue to participate in the social activities that can make a real difference to their life in general.
Everyone at Blossom Home Care works to 5 key principles, which are:
We know that we can’t remove all the factors that can affect the mental health and wellbeing of the elderly in our care, but recognising the contributory factors helps us to deliver the ‘bloomin’ good care we have become recognised for.