How to move from disengagement to engagement in aged care?

engagement wellbeing Mar 12, 2019

Do you know how to move from disengagement to engagement?

How to move from isolation to engagement? 

How to replace loneliness with inclusion? 

The difference lies in exploring the "NO". By doing this you are opening up a new way of doing things with older adults and better understanding their barriers. 

YES, sometimes an older person may simply not wish to engage in an activity and fully well understand what they are asked to do. But, other times it could mean that they did not understand or that they were scared. 

Watch this week's episode and find out three key strategies to transfer disengagement to engagement.

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Accessing Psychological Services in Nursing Homes

Hello Julie, I am a psychologist and I want to know how to work in a nursing home

Hi Julie, how do we get a psychologist to visit our facility? 

Hi Julie, my mum is in a nursing home and I need a psychologist to see her. She is so depressed. 


If I got a dollar for every time I was asked how to get a psychologist to visit an aged care facility I would be a rich woman! 


Although it is so pleasing to hear awareness about mental health in older people it is so disheartening having to answer that there is limited funding to mental health services for older people in nursing homes. Why is that? 


Few issues come up

1. Older Australians in aged care are not entitled to Better Access to Mental Health, a scheme through Medicare which allows substantial rebates for accessing mental health treatment. This is something I have strongly advocated for over the last eight years and there has been no change in government ruling. There are other ways to obtain...

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Disentangling Stress in Aged Care


When you tell someone that you work in aged care the common response is “that must be so tough” or “good on you, it is not easy”. But, what exactly makes it “tough” or “not easy”? Dealing with clients, families or colleagues? Or, is it the combination of all those individuals and their unique personalities? Where do the problems stem and why do certain situations become stressful? Is it due to different personalities, varying skill set or the lack of information?   

Stress is common and unpredictable. We can all find ourselves unexpectedly in a stressful situation at work. One minute everything is fine and the next BAM. But how we deal with the situation can determine the outcome. There are two possible outcomes. First, the stress can accumulate over a period of time and increase the risk of developing burnout, or even anxiety or depression. Second, with the right support and training we can learn how to deal with...

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