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World Mental Health Day

The World Health Organisation

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.

 

UK Statistics

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

 

What Factors Can Affect Mental Health?

Just looking at the key factors that affect mental health and wellbeing in older people, there are five main contributory factors:

  1. Physical health
  2. Discrimination
  3. Participation in meaningful activities
  4. Relationships
  5. Poverty

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.

 

Our Key Principles

Everyone at Blossom Home Care works to 5 key principles, which are:

  • To enable the people we care for to remain in their home for as long as possible whilst helping them to continue to participate in the social activities that can make a real difference to their life in general.
  • To reduce the worry and anxiety that unreliable, inadequate care can cause to all concerned by supporting Carers with the help and advice of a qualified nurse who ensures a high standard of care is delivered. Regular spot checks are also conducted to maintain the quality of care and visits are recorded with updates given for all relevant parties to access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from anywhere in the world.
  • To reduce the number of hospital visits by reporting any health concerns/issues to the nurse for early interception and follow up.
  • To meet all appointments, come rain or shine, snow or gales. If our clients are expecting us to call, we will do everything in our power to get there. We are also available via our 24 hour on call service (for your peace of mind).
  • To attract, retain and develop the very best Carers, training them to do the job well and exceed service levels. Being able to take time with their clients, to chat and do the things that really matter to them and us.

 

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.

 

hello@blossomhomecare.co.uk Northallerton: 01609 751 644, Tadcaster: 01937 222 166
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