29 August 2009

Staff wellbeing can have positive impact on residents

Happy staff make happier residents
Australian Ageing Agenda: 19 August 2009
Aged care facilities can significantly reduce the impact of the behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia by addressing systemic and staffing issues, according to an expert in older people’s mental health.

The coordinator of Southern Area Health Service’s aged mental health program, Dr Mike Bird says the good news is that these variables can be managed and ameliorated.

Speaking at the Positive Living in Aged Care seminar at Sydney’s Luna Park, Dr Bird said there was much potential for changing structural issues, such as staffing ratios and culture, and staff variables, like ‘mental health literacy’ and education. … > full story

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