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Meeting mental health needs

Tom Dening

in Mental Health and Care Homes

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780199593637
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754722 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199593637.003.0013
Meeting mental health needs

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This chapter introduces the section of the book on mental health problems, setting out the context of the high level of mental disorders among care home residents, especially dementia and depression. Moving into a care home is a major step for any person to take and it is often the last address that he or she will have in his or her life. The circumstances of the move may well be traumatic, associated with bereavement or serious illness. However, some residents may show improvements after the move, probably due to better nutrition or the effects of company. The impact of moving into a home on depression appears to be complex and incompletely understood. The final part of this chapter discusses important issues around care homes and people with intellectual difficulties (ID). More people with ID are living in relatively advanced ages, though their life expectancy is still less than the general population. They are also at risk of dementia at a younger age. It is often difficult to ensure that older people with ID are cared for in care homes appropriate to their needs.

Chapter.  5910 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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