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Psychosocial interventions in care homes

Graham Stokes

in Mental Health and Care Homes

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Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780199593637
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754722 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199593637.003.0017
Psychosocial interventions in care homes

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This chapter considers the range of mental health needs to be found in care homes embracing both dementia and the psychological consequences of adjustment. The content addresses the need to restore resident function, promote well-being, and enhance quality of life through the provision of care homes that are therapeutic and have recovery of the person at the heart of what they do. The evidence for the success of psychosocial interventions is appraised, as is the contribution of narrative psychology whereby storytelling enables carers to understand their residents better and helps them to resolve distress and challenges. It is argued that the successful delivery of psychosocial interventions involves not only the relationship between carers and ‘cared for’ but also the need for systems of care to support therapeutic interventions. As such, organizational changes designed to deliver job satisfaction, staff support, and learning opportunities may be critical psychosocial interventions.

Chapter.  7627 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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