Age Connects Canol Gogledd Cymru

Voyager

Talking Therapies for Older People Moving Into Care

Recent statistics show that around 2 in 5 older people in care are depressed. Whilst any significant life change can be upsetting, the move into care is often experienced as an overwhelming sense of loss. This may include bereavement, loss of independence, belongings, deterioration of health, and limitations in hobbies and social networks.

In addition, symptoms of past trauma resurface at this time and can trigger deterioration in mental health. Moreover, the move is commonly seen as the final stage of the life journey. Making sense of experiences at this time is vital to maintaining hope, positivity and an emotional ‘even keel’.

Age Connects North Wales Central are offering an innovative service, Voyager, that aims to support the mental health and emotional well-being of older people as they move into care homes in Denbighshire and Conwy. It’s funded by Lloyds Bank Foundation until April 2018, making it a free service. We provide one-to-one, person-centred, confidential talking therapy at the client’s place of residence. Anyone can refer; care home managers, G.P.s, social services, carers or clients themselves.

Regular sessions over an extended period aim to alleviate distress and reduce the likelihood of mental health problems developing. Families gain peace of mind knowing that their loved one has access to a professional who provides non-judgmental, compassionate support. We work in partnership with care home staff and families, facilitating good relationships.

For further information please contact: Ruth Williams (Denbighshire) E: ruth.williams@acnwc.org or Jennifer Booth (Conwy)   E: jennifer.booth@acnwc.org

Tel: 0300 2345 007

Age Connects canol gogledd cymru, north wales central

15, Bridge Street, Denbigh, Denbighshire LL16 3LF

www.ageconnectsnwc.org