Mental Health in Aged Care Nursing Homes


With the range of physical ailments and difficulties of elderly Australians in residential aged care, it is sometimes easy to forget about their mental wellbeing. Mental health is a vital element to a healthy life and can even contribute to physical ailments if not dealt with. The most common mental disorders in elderly Australians in aged care nursing homes are depression, anxiety and phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder, and bipolar disorder.

There is a range of causes for mental health issues such as depression in elderly residents of aged care nursing homes. Often these can include the death of friends or a spouse, fears for their own health or mortality, or frustration with declining physical ability. The current COVID-19 situation has enhanced feelings of loneliness and isolation for many Australians in residential aged care. A heightened fear for their health is also becoming very common.

For elderly loved ones in residential aged care, there are things that can help improve their mental wellbeing. These include regular visits from children and grandchildren, attending social events like games nights, movies, or dinners, and regular time spent outdoors. With the current COVID-19 situation, many aged care nursing homes cannot conduct regular family visits. It is still important to maintain contact with elderly family members through phone or video calls such as Zoom or Skype.

Residential Gardens highly trained aged care nursing homes staff can recognize and assist your loved ones with mental health issues. As an expert and experienced residential aged care facility, trust Residential Gardens to ensure the health and happiness of your elderly family members.