Psychology Services for Aged Care Residents
Helping aged care residents with the emotional transition into a care facility, as well as with feelings of sadness worry and distress.
Hunter Primary Care psychologists can visit residential aged care facilities in the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie regions and provide assessment, individual therapy or group work to residents with mild to moderate mental health issues.
Psychology Services can be accessed by residents with mild to moderate mental health symptoms who are able to engage in psychological treatments and are unable to access support from other Government funding or Medicare. Common presenting issues include:
- Anxiety management
- Grief and loss
- Pain management
- Adjustment problems, such as difficulty coping with a health condition, sensory loss, functional decline or transitioning into living in aged care.
Our experienced clinicians are able to provide:
- Individual assessment to help with the diagnosis of mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety and adjustment disorder
- Individual therapy with a resident who has presented with a problem such as depression, anxiety, bereavement, social withdrawal, long-term pain or adjustment difficulties
- Group sessions that address commonly occurring issues such as adjustment to living in a residential facility
- Consultation with aged care staff and liaison with Area Health services, where appropriate, on mental health care needs for individual residents.
The number and length of the sessions provided are dependent on the ability of the resident benefiting from psychological intervention. This service is free of charge to both residents and the aged care facility.
Written feedback and recommendations from the sessions will be provided by Hunter Primary Care to the referring GP. Verbal information can also be provided to aged care staff with the permission of the resident.
How to refer
Referral to Hunter Primary Care residential Aged Care Services is available by professional referral only. For more detailed referral information please visit the Psychology Services referral page.