Care Groups

Enhancing Wellbeing: Supporting Older Adults in Care Homes

As the average age of the UK population continues to rise, it is crucial to address the specific needs and challenges faced by older adults, particularly those living in care homes. The proportion of individuals aged 65 and over in the UK population has steadily increased from 15% in 1985 to 17% in 2010, representing a growth of 1.7 million people. Projections indicate that by 2035, this age group will account for 23% of the total population (Office for National Statistics, UK Census 2011).

Within England alone, there are estimated to be over 400,000 older individuals residing in care homes (Care Quality Commission, The state of health care and adult social care in England in 2011/12). This includes individuals receiving care in residential and nursing accommodations funded by Councils with Adult Social Services Responsibilities, as well as those who self-fund their care, either partially or in full.

Unfortunately, many older people, including those in care homes, experience challenges such as depression, loneliness, and diminished satisfaction and wellbeing. To enhance their mental wellbeing, it is essential to prioritize meaningful activities, the preservation and development of personal identity, and the provision of appropriate support for health conditions and sensory impairments.

At our organization, we collaborate with numerous care homes to provide additional support and comprehensive assessments for residents. We recognize the importance of empowering care staff and ensuring they receive adequate training and support to:

  • Identify any existing mental health conditions, sensory impairments, or physical problems a person may have.
  • Observe and monitor any changes in a person's usual behavior or signs of new conditions.
  • Document these observations in the individual's care plan.
  • Communicate relevant information and concerns with healthcare professionals, including the person's GP.
  • Recognize when and how to make appropriate referrals to the relevant healthcare services.

Access to healthcare is a fundamental right for all individuals, regardless of their residence in a care home. To promote the wellbeing of care home residents and address their physical and mental health needs effectively, care home managers can:

  • Foster collaborative partnerships with healthcare organizations and professionals.
  • Ensure timely referrals are made when necessary.
  • Facilitate ongoing monitoring and review of existing conditions, with access to a comprehensive range of primary, secondary, specialist, and mental health services.
  • Encourage practice and care home nurses to engage in joint working and share up-to-date knowledge and skills with other staff members, as well as with the individuals and their families.

Our organization specializes in delivering expert and personalized care and support for individuals with mild, moderate, or severe mental health problems, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, and borderline personality disorder.

If you are interested in learning more about how our services can assist your care home in enhancing the wellbeing of older adults, our dedicated business team is available to discuss and explore potential solutions that align with your specific needs and requirements. Together, we can make a positive impact on the lives of those in care homes and promote their overall health and happiness.

To learn more about our collaborative services, please check the links below: 

Public sector: Supporting the long term plan:

Right to Choose:

Education: Collaborative solutions for Universities and Schools:

Private Insurance Partners:

Care Groups:

Strengthening Mental Health in Uniformed Officers:

Please contact us for further information!