Mental Health Long-Term Care

In Canada, long term care (LTC) is required for seniors who need 24-hour nursing care and support. Mental health issues are common among seniors in LTC.

Transitioning from independent living to a long-term care facility can be very difficult for older adults.  More than two in five (44{eca9be1aeb89acf3b4e51b6a105939851ada84bee547967ae76745d36fe23888}) Canadian seniors living in LTC are diagnosed with or have symptoms of depression (CIHI, 2010).

The number of seniors living in long-term care (LTC) will quadruple in Canada by 2031.

Tools for Seniors and Families:

Mental Health in Long Term Care (Available in English, French, Punjabi, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese)

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Tools for Clinicians:

National Guidelines for Seniors’ Mental Health
  • The Assessment and Treatment of Mental Health Issues in Long-Term Care (Focus on Mood and Behaviour) – 2014 Update
  • The Assessment and Treatment of Mental Health Issues in Long-Term Care (Focus on Mood and Behaviour) – 2006
  • Clinician’s Pocket Card
  • Tool on the Assessment and Treatment of Behavioural Symptoms of Older Adults Living in Long-Term Care Facilities
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    [updated October 13, 2017]