Reducing depression in care homes – what can managers do to help?
By Charles Patmore
A straightforward method exists whereby front-line care workers can reduce depression among older people who receive care services, according to research by North Yorkshire and York Primary Care Trust.
Conducted in 14 Yorkshire care homes and nursing homes, the research studied the results of training care staff to spend “quality time” with depressed residents and use it to work towards life-improvements chosen by the individual. Examples of the latter included transport to visit friends, help to attend church services, obtaining large print boo