Mental Health

Mental Health

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According to statistics produced by the Mental Health Foundation, 1 in 4 people will suffer from a mental health issue at some point in their life.  For care providers, this means being aware that mental health issues require specialist skills in handling and that they can come on at any point in life. Depression in particular must be looked out for by care professionals, as it affects 1 in 5 older people.

Mental health problems range from mixed anxiety and depression to bipolar disorder and feelings of suicide.  Mental health isn’t just about dealing with service users who have specific problems, but ensuring that all service users remain mentally healthy.  Good care will look towards enabling service users to make the most of their life and their potential, to remain active and stimulated and to play a full role in their community, in their family and in their treatment.

There are now specialist care homes and domiciliary care agencies which specialise in the care of people with mental health problems, doing their best to eliminate the stigma and to offer those in its care respect and dignity at all times.

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26th November 2019

Adult Support and Protection – Improvement Plan 2019-2022

Susan Donnelly Scottish Mental Health

    Improvement Plan 2019-2022 The Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007 is now 12 years old. This laid the foundation for...

26th November 2019

Registration of Support Workers in Care at Home and Housing Support Services – Deadline Approaching

Susan Donnelly Scottish Mental Health

  The Care Inspectorate has registered approximately 1,030 Care at Home services, with another 441* support services in Scotland. This number...

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Robotic Pets for People with Dementia: Are we Barking up the Wrong Tree?

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  I recently read a social care report about the increasing use of robotic technology in health care. The report highlighted...

30th October 2019

Regulatory Returns

Emily Watts Domiciliary Care Policy Lead

  Everywhere we look there is the need for information to be gained from us, a simple trip to the shops...

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Sheila Scott OBE from National Care Association (NCA)

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I work in a care home and our activities coordinator documents that people have been doing things that they haven’t done. He also documents things in the morning that aren’t happening until the afternoon. Is this legal or should I be reporting it to someone?

Hi Sheila,  I work in a care home and our activities coordinator documents that people have been doing things that they haven’t done. He also documents things in the morning that aren’t happening until the afternoon. Is this legal or should I be reporting it to someone?

 

  Hi Sheila,   Thank you for your question.   Any written record that details care or support provided to service users from staff must be factual and contemporaneous (e.g. written as close to the...

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Policy Updates

Updated: 19th February 2019

Illegal Drug Misuse in the Service User’s Home Policy and Procedure

Care Management Care Practice Region: | Reference: NICC104
Updated: 19th February 2019

Consumption of Alcohol Policy and Procedure

Administration Registration & Compliance Region: | Reference: NIAR43
Updated: 19th February 2019

Distribution of Safety Alert Broadcasts, Rapid Response Reporting and Safety Notices Policy and Procedure

Administration Business Operations Region: | Reference: NIAB32
Updated: 19th February 2019

Hazard Reporting Policy and Procedure

Health and Safety Health & Safety Region: | Reference: NIHS04
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