The Nursing Assistant: Understanding and Caring for Residents with Depression

Research shows that depression among nursing homes residents is under-recognized and under-treated. According to the American Psychiatric Association, depression is a serious medical illness that "negatively affects the way a person thinks, feels and acts. Although depression is often thought of as a psychological or emotional reaction to stressful experiences, it may also affect a persons physical health as well. Caring for depressed residents requires sensitivity and an understanding of what they are experiencing.

This program provides caregivers with an understanding of depression and its impact on the lives of elderly individuals. It also describes ways in which caregivers can assist residents who may be experiencing depression.


After completing this course, the learner should be able to:
  • Define depression
  • List 4 stressful, life-changing experiences that that may lead to depression among the elderly
  • Describe at least 3 signs of depression that should be reported
  • Give an explanation of why some elderly individuals are uncomfortable or reluctant to admit they are struggling with depression
  • Describe at least 3 ways in which caregivers can create an environment of well-being for depressed residents
Price: $149.00 USD

Product ID: MED737
Media: DVD
Year: 2014
Duration: 23:56 minutes
Language: English
Tags: Nursing Assistant Skills, Long Term Care, Mental Health Nursing
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