Mental Health Nursing Homes

Mental Health Nursing Homes

One is six people across the UK are thought to suffer from some kind of mental health issue; many of us will know someone that does and in some cases this can be a family member. Looking after a family member with disabilities can be extremely tough as care must be provided on a constant basis, sometimes 24 hours a day. Mental health nursing homes are a place that can provide the correct care that those with disorders require and although placing a loved one into care can be tough, it is often the best decision for all concerned.


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Mental Health

Mental health can affect people in a host of different ways and some conditions are more common than others. One common disorder is dementia, mainly affecting the over 65`s it presents problems including:

  • Loss of memory
  • Confusion
  • Speech and language problems
  • Problems understanding

Dementia is the leading condition of those currently in mental health nursing homes, with two thirds of those in care suffering from a form of the condition.  Most mental health issues are divided up as either neurotic or psychotic. Neurotic problems are those that are more serious forms of everyday problems such as depression, panic attacks or anxiety. Psychotic problems occur less in people but are more severe, affecting peoples’ perception of reality. This can be suffering from hallucinations, hearing voices or feeling things that other people can`t.

Mental health nursing homes can help people suffering with many conditions including:

  • Alcoholism
  • Alzheimer`s
  • Autism
  • Bi-polar disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Psychosis

Nursing homes

Mental health nursing homes can provide residents with the care of registered nurses 24 hours a day in an environment that is safe and secure. Independence is a big part of care and residents are allowed to sustain as much freedom as possible within the home. Each resident will have their own room which can be decorated and filling with personal belongings to give a homely feel. Inside the room’s residents are able to maintain independence with en-suite bathrooms, televisions, internet access and a telephone. Suffers of problems which require personal assistance are also well served with nurses able to provide help with all aspects of daily living from feeding and dressing to washing and toileting. Residents are free to enjoy the day rooms and socialise with each other and most homes have large secure gardens for residents to roam around in enjoy the weather.

Activities are also considered to be just as big a part in care as medication, especially in mental health nursing homes. Residents with mental health problems can benefit greatly from activities, encouraging them to interact with each other and improving confidence and self-esteem. Activities are carried out on a daily basis with and include tasks that give a sense of independence such as gardening and baking. Trips into the local community are arranged regular for residents to enjoy shopping or shows. Trips are made to be a social event with staff and residents’ visitors allowed to journey along.

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