There are many new obstacles facing the elderly, especially those that make the transition to living in a residential facility or nursing home. For them, not only getting used to their new lifestyle can be difficult, but they are also facing a number of other problems including;

  • Family conflict over their estate which at times involves being emotionally and physically abused;
  • Feeling less valued and negatively stereo typed by society;
  • Struggling with the thought of their morbidity.
  • Learning to work with and not be ashamed of their faculties not working as well,
  • Worrying about what will happen to their family members once they are deceased;
  • Learning to cope with chronic pain;
  • Needing to identify a new purpose in their life and
  • Being regretful of past life decisions and needing forgiveness from themselves and from others.

These changes can lead to possible mental illnesses, such as depression. The symptoms of depression in elderly are similar to you people:

  • Low mood
  • Poor sleep
  • Decreased appetite
  • Guilt
  • Self-blame
  • Loss of motivation or interest in hobbies or a social life

Elderly people tend to express their low mood differently. Anxiety should be seen as a warning for possible onset of depression. They also tend to show their low mood through complaints about physical symptoms.

Take Care psychological mental health services to the elderly

At Takes Care Specialist Centre, psychiatrists and psychologists take pride in being able provide high quality psychiatric and psychological services to our clients. During the COVID-19 pandemic, TCP can provide its services through telehealth (e.g. Skype) to residents who either live in nursing homes or independent living units.

Engaging Takes Care Specialist Centre Clinicians

We receive referrals primarily from General Practitioners who refer their patients by completing out a Mental Health Care Plan. Currently, we have clinicians who can service your Brisbane and Gold Coast residential facilities.