Promoting a sense of wellbeing at every age and stage of life.
At Uniting AgeWell, we embrance an holisitic definition of mental health, as defined by the World Health Organisation.
"Mental health is a state of wellbeing in which the individual realises their own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to their community."
Uniting AgeWell's Mental Health and Wellbeing Framework takes an integrated approach to promoting mental health and wellbeing that brings together bio-medical, emotional and social elements.
Across the spectrum of care we focus on our customers' quality of life and fulfillment, rather than simply responding to mental health problems or illness.
Our Mental Health and Wellbeing Framework
Uniting AgeWell's Mental Health and Wellbeing Framework is a reflection of our commitment to enabling communities to age well and individuals to live to their potential.
We beleive all elements of mental health and wellbeing are of equal importance and structure our assesment, care planning and services to meet the unique needs of each individual.
In seeking to advance the principle of person-centred care for older people, our Framework outlines the approach and measures we will take to support the mental health and wellbeing of our customers and staff.
Factors affecting mental health as you age
A range of factors may impact our mental health and wellbeing at any age. There are some factors more relevant to older people that are important to acknowledge, these include:
- Sense of identity (loss of roles and identity)
- Loss of independence (driving, needing help, sense of dignity)
- Grieving (partners, friends, privacy, pets, diet, garden)
- Leisure and recreation (loss of familiar activities)
- Social isolation, loneliness and loss of social connections
How we support our customers' mental health
Taking an holistic approach to the support of our customers mental health, we adopt a mix of prevention, referral, treatment and maintenance actions across the full spectrum of care and supports.
- Social support programs: we help older people stay connected and enjoy a greater sense of community. Our programs include localised outings and community groups, lifestye activities at our residential care communities and support at home to maintain hobbies such as paiting, golf or yoga.
- Access to specialist services: Uniting AgeWell provides our customers with the opportunity to connect with social workers, chaplains and gain referals to expert mental health professionals and services.
- High level person-centred care: we take the time to get to know our cutomers and understand their individual needs. From help to maintain their independence and enjoy their favourite hobbies to high level nursing care and dementia support. Our team also work to support our customers long term treatment goals as outlined by mental health services including aftercare and rehabilitation.
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