Road to Wholeness

Nearly, 1 in 5 adults has a mental illness. By 2030, adults over 65 will account for 20% of the US population. Research from the CDC shows that Medicare recipients in home health have diagnoses of Depression at a rate of 37.9% and Dementia at 31.4%. These diagnoses often complicate the successful treatment of other co-morbidities and have negative effects on outcomes and increase health care costs, when not addressed. Older adults with Depression and other mental illnesses have increased risk of hospitalizations, nursing home admissions, risk of falls and increased risk of ER and MD visits.

This series will give the paraprofessional the skills to communicate with a client with mental illness, understand the symptoms of mental illness, what to report to the care manager on the case and how to assist a client to maintain their overall self-care management. Providing staff with the skills to understand the client with mental illness will decrease staff fear and empower caregivers with new skills.


Part 1

1-Role of the Aide in Mental Illness-Creating a therapeutic relationship, communication strategies, limit setting

This webinar teaches the caregiver how to develop a therapeutic relationship, effective communication strategies to use with clients, how to set and maintain limits with clients and families.

Part 2

Tip: the slides on this video begin about 2 or 3 minutes in. There is no intro slide, so you will only see microphones on the screen for a bit. As always, please feel free to contact the Alliance with any technical concerns.

2-What is Mental Illness? -Depression, Anxiety Disorders

This webinar will review what is mental illness and review two of the leading diagnoses-Depression and Anxiety disorders in the elderly population. Webinar will review overview of these disease states, how to communicate with someone with Depression and Anxiety, strategies to refocus the patient and a checklist of warning signs that should be reported to the Care Manager/slash office to minimize hospitalizations and emergency utilization.

Part 3

3-What is Mental Illness? -Schizophrenia, Bipolar and Handling Psych Emergencies, Documentation

This webinar will provide an overview of more challenging mental health diagnoses -Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder, how to communicate with someone with Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder and a checklist of warning signs that should be reported to the Care Manager/ office to minimize hospitalizations and emergency utilization. This session will also review warning signs of suicidal behavioral, intoxication and overdose and how to respond to these behaviors as well as document key behavioral observations.

Part 4

4-Substance Use Disorders-Signs of intoxication, overdose, basic principles of supporting recovery

This webinar will review substance use disorders and how to observe for signs of intoxication and overdose. What to do if a patient is overtly intoxicated or has overdosed. Strategies to encourage a patient’s positive recovery will be presented.