Depression is not a normal part of aging. However, major depression affects approximately 10-20% of the world’s population in the course of a lifetime. The National Institute of Mental Health has called depression among the elderly a “serious public health concern.” 25% of elderly people experience periods of persistent sadness that lasts two weeks or longer. In nursing homes, approximately 20% of the residents are clinically depressed. Upon completion, participants should be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of depression, characteristics, treatment, medication, and prognosis.
How Important is Leadership in LTC? (3 Credits)
The influence of leaders on nursing home care and culture is an important issue in health care. Previous nursing home care studies linked staff management to nursing home care quality. Nursing home managers and leaders need to be knowledgeable about their residents’ medical conditions and be capable of providing quality care. In addition to addressing resident-specific needs, nursing home managers must have effective leadership qualities, conduct employee screenings or talent assessments prior to hiring and train staff on proper care and attitude when dealing with resident needs and ailments. Thus, knowledge of leadership skills and how to work with teams is important in the provision of health care as well as ways of becoming an effective leader.