Depression in Long Term Care Heart Patients Often Goes Untreated

Written by Dr Mike Shery

Depression in Long Term Care Heart Patients Often Goes Untreated

By Dr. Mike Shery

Cardiologists, other doctors and long term care staff might be missingrepparttar big picture as one survey suggests that only a third of heart disease patients with serious symptoms of depression or anxiety get any treatment. The findings are significant because psychological problems have been linked to poorer health and higher death rates in heart disease patients. Unfortunately, long term care residents and other heart patients just aren't being screened because physicians are just focused onrepparttar 149391 heart disease and don’t think about other factors that could contribute torepparttar 149392 condition.

We know that heart attack survivors suffer from psychological distress twice as much asrepparttar 149393 general population and, with congestive heart failure patients, who are often residing in nursing homes,repparttar 149394 figure is twice that…Staggering! However, only about one third of heart disease patients who reportrepparttar 149395 symptoms are ever treated by a mental-health provider. This is appalling because research suggests that psychological problems often contribute torepparttar 149396 onset of heart disease and worsen its progression.

It's not entirely clear how psychological distress and heart disease are connected. However, there is some speculation that psychological symptoms may contribute to blood clots or makerepparttar 149397 heart beat less efficiently. Sincerepparttar 149398 overwhelming amount of long term care residents are women, it’s important for staff to note that women with mild and moderate depression are 50 percent more likely to have heart attacks than are other women. It’s also crucial to note that depression and anxiety are frequent responses to traumatic events, such asrepparttar 149399 life-threatening and chronically debilitating illnesses, which are often seen in long term care settings. The seriousness of these symptoms is usually proportional to their duration and depth andrepparttar 149400 degree to which they compromiserepparttar 149401 resident’s life quality and/or participation inrepparttar 149402 treatment process.

Assisted Living Facilities – What Are They?

Written by Alex Jensen

Assisted Living facilities are generally for person’s 60 years of age and older. Typical candidates need assistance with “Activities of Daily Living” (ADLs), but wish to live as independently as possible. Assisted Living communities exist to bridgerepparttar gap between seniors that can live independently and skilled nursing homes.

Assisted living facilities provide helpful services such as:

1. Eating, 2. Bathing, 3. Dressing, 4. Grooming 5. Laundry 6. Housekeeping 7. Assistance with medications.

While Board and Care facilities are usually in a private residential home, Assisted Living facilities are larger structures often arranged as senior living communities. These communities can contain as many as 400 residents or as few as 25 seniors. Residents of assisted living communities usually meet in a dining room together with other residents for meals.

A person designated asrepparttar 149390 ‘Activities Director’ oversees a key area inrepparttar 149391 assisted living community - Social activities. The Activities Director typically arranges daily options for residents including outings, crafts, dances, music, educational classes, seminars, and other opportunities. All activities are designed to encourage physical and mental stimulation.

Assisted Living facilities create a care plan for each individual resident upon admission. The care plan detailsrepparttar 149392 agreed upon personalized services required byrepparttar 149393 resident and guaranteed to be provided byrepparttar 149394 facility. The plan is updated regularly to assure thatrepparttar 149395 resident receivesrepparttar 149396 appropriate care as his or her condition changes.

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