Care providers are encouraged to stay mindful of ways to support residents with a mental illness. Start by encouraging positive changes in your resident's routine.
Social activities reduce isolation, which can affect mental health, and physical activity can improve mindset, even if it's just a daily walk. If a resident is frustrated or acting aggressively, have a calm conversation with them.
Use a respectful tone, listen without interrupting, ask questions, acknowledge their concerns and don't lie to diffuse the situation. Remember to offer encouragement when you see them taking positive steps!
With the right education and training, you can drastically enhance the quality of life of residents with a mental illness. To learn more, take Mariposa Training's course, "Understanding Mental Illness."