The role of Clinical Psychologists in Long Term Care settings is oftentimes misunderstood. As providers face increased regulations surrounding the prescribing of psychotropic medications in LTC facilities, psychologists’ utility in providing non-pharmacological interventions becomes more and more apparent. Psychotherapy is perhaps the most widely understood and recognized service that psychologists offer. Given that nearly half of all patients in LTC’s meet the criteria for clinical depression, it is not surprising that this is an important component of care for our aging population.1 One should also consider that there are unique issues related to lifespan development that older adults face, including bereavement, adjustment difficulties, health-related concerns, and functioning and independence changes. Psychotherapy can often serve as a vehicle for processing these and other stressors faced by nursing home patients.
Through their advanced training, Psychologists develop expertise in understanding human behavior and diagnosing psychiatric illness.
In LTC settings, this input can be quite helpful to other providers, whether it be to refine a diagnosis, develop a treatment plan, or make recommendations to nursing staff to handle a difficult situation. At MediTelecare, our Psychologists and Nurse Practitioners enjoy a collaborative relationship drawing upon our unique training and a shared commitment to mental well-being for our patients. We believe that this collaboration ultimately leads to better patient care.
As the landscape in LTC settings changes, and as younger and more psychiatrically compromised patients reside in Nursing Homes, Psychologists become an increasingly important component of integrated care.2 When you come across one of us in one of your buildings, please say hello and ask how we can help your residents and your nursing team!
Below you will find a description of some of the services that our Psychologists provide: