Mental health in aged care is a topic that has come to the forefront of discussion as the royal commission progressed last year.
It is estimated that half of all aged care residents exhibit symptoms consistent with depression, and typically those who currently reside in aged care facilities have low mental health literacy, so identifying issues can be problematic.
Unfortunately, this issue is often neglected as it is assumed that depression comes with old age.
More concerning is suicide among aged care residents. Researchers say that between the year 2000 and 2013, 140 residents took their own lives.
A recently published study by academics from Monash University has put forward 11 recommendations for the prevention of suicide among aged care residents.
Professor Joseph Ibrahim joined Aged Care Insite to talk about the study.
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