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Episode 16: The Role of Spirituality in Late Life with Jenny Blok
Listen To My Latest Podcast Episode: Episode 16: The Role of Spirituality in Late Life with Jenny Blok
From early in my career, I knew I wanted to work with older adults to improve their wellbeing in late life. However, a decade ago when I searched for a role as an ‘aged care psychologist’ I was shocked to discover not a single job listing! That’s when I founded Wise Care and began practising on my own.
For five years, I travelled to aged care homes and facilities to provide treatment and face-to-face intervention for the elderly – and I kept hearing the same thing from my patients:
‘I’m not getting the right emotional support from my caregivers.’
I felt compelled to do something to change this. To empower aged care workers and residents with the tools and strategies needed to feel positive and connected, instead of isolated and unheard. So, I returned to university and completed my PhD in Emotional and Psychological Wellbeing in Home Care Workers and have evolved from there to become an aged care psychology consultant.
To all my past patients, thank you for inspiring me to take the path that I’m on today.
Over the past ten years, I’ve seen the prevalence of depression in aged care residents sharply rise. What was once an alarming statistic has now grown to become a mental health crisis. But sadly, issues like isolation, anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts among older people remain a blind spot that is rarely acknowledged or discussed.
I work with some of the most recognised aged care organisations, and deliver training and support to thousands of aged care workers, allied health professionals, and families across Australia to help their loved ones make a smooth transition into aged care.
I believe that with the right strategies and skills, together, we can shape a better future for everyone in aged care.
Wise Care is the beacon of light that the aged care community needs.
I help aged care facilities transform from a place of stressed employees and disengaged residents to a vibrant environment where staff feel productive and residents feel understood and loved.
I help allied health professionals leave the comfort of their consulting rooms and go where the elderly need their help most, in private and nursing homes.
I help family members go from being overwhelmed and confused about the aged care transition to becoming a vital support network for their loved ones.
Psychology Board of Australia – Full Registration
Board Approved Psychology Supervisor
Winner of the Positive Living in Aged Care Award for group sessions I co-facilitated with residents at an aged care facility.
Nominated for the 2019 Allied Health Impact Achievement Award for my work in supporting residents, teaching staff and families on how to boost wellbeing for the elderly.
“In 2017, I fell pregnant with my daughter. It was also the time when the health of a long-term client has suddenly declined. So, there I was, by her side in her final moments, one hand holding hers, the other feeling my baby move in my stomach. I became connected to both ends of life’s journey. This single moment changed my life and made me realise just how vulnerable older people are and how much love, care and support they need in later life.”
Handbook: 10 Useful and Practical Tips to Engaging Older People with Cognitive Impairment
Handbook: Conversation Starters with Older Adults
Quiz: Emotional Care in your Aged Care Facility
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