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Changing Seasons may mean Changing Mood

As the winter holiday season begins, many LTC residents will experience changes in mood.  Some might improve as they look forward to visits from out-of-state family members, an increase in mail or phone calls, or simply because there might be more noticeable activities.  Unfortunately, we witness other residents with a decline in mood during this time of year.  As staff, are you observing for mood indicators or changes in the residents’ moods?  If you’ve picked up on a change, what interventions are you putting in place to help and have you shared the information with other appropriate departments?  Does the resident need a mental health referral?   If there’s a change observed, has it been discussed with the family contact?  There can be numerous reasons that cause a change in mood and the primary contact might offer some valuable insight.  Nursing, activities, and social service staff, working together, have the ability to identify and intervene in order to assist the resident.  If assistance is needed locating a mental health provider, SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) through the US Department of Health and Human Services has a potentially handy Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator – found on their site.  Need a QA review of your mental health process or assistance improving Quality of Life services to your residents?  Contact SHC and we’ll schedule a visit.

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