Behavioral health concerns, such as depression and behavioral symptoms, impact older adults at significant rates. These concerns impact an individual’s quality of life, health status, and mortality. When behavioral health concerns cannot be effectively managed in the community by the individual or their caregivers, a skilled-nursing facility is often the next step. Unfortunately, those caring for older adults in these settings have not always had access to the training they need to care for individuals with depression or behavioral symptoms. The Resident Centered Behavioral Health program set out to change this. The program implemented an interactive, behavioral health training program and a protocol to identify and manage depressive symptoms. This study evaluated the results of the program in five skilled nursing facilities. Results indicated that the program did not significantly impact the prevalence of depression symptoms and incidence of worsening or severe behavioral symptoms under the limitations this study faced.
Date of Degree
Master of Science (MS)
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Olinger, A. (2021). Resident centered behavioral health: A program evaluation. [Master’s thesis, Minnesota State University, Mankato]. Cornerstone: A Collection of Scholarly and Creative Works for Minnesota State University, Mankato. https://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/etds/1148
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