SCIE press release

Mental wellbeing in care homes

12 December 2013

Responding to the launch of a new NICE quality standard, on the mental wellbeing of older people in care homes, SCIE’s Chair, Lord Michael Bichard, says:

“This quality standard is particularly helpful because mental wellbeing pays attention to what older people consider important. Those people want choice and control over their lives; they need good relationships with families, friends and care home staff; and it’s important that they are able to spend their time purposefully and enjoyably. They also need to become part of the communities they live in; care homes can create opportunities for other local residents to play a role in the life of the care home. All of this can have a big and positive impact on mental wellbeing. Quality standards like this one can help to maintain good mental health. Often, older people’s mental health can easily be overlooked; but looking after mental health can be just as important as good physical care.

“The role of the GP can make a difference here. Our recent work on this issue shows that the health and wellbeing of older people in care homes can often depend on them accessing a doctor in a timely way. Even though they might live in a care home, older people can be particularly vulnerable to social isolation and loneliness, owing to loss of friends and family, mobility or income. So we welcome today’s NICE quality standard, and we are pleased to endorse it.”

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