The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published the quality standard “Mental wellbeing of older people in care homes (QS50)”, which helps care homes to promote the physical health and mental wellbeing of residents. There are sections on the prevention of loneliness, depression and low self-esteem in older people. The standard includes recommendations for older people in care homes to be offered opportunities to participate in meaningful activities. It can be used with NICE’s 2010 Dementia Quality Standard (QS1).
“This quality standard covers the mental wellbeing of older people (65 years and over) receiving care in all care home settings, including residential and nursing accommodation, day care and respite care. This quality standard uses a broad definition of mental wellbeing, and includes elements that are key to optimum functioning and independence, such as life satisfaction, optimism, self-esteem, feeling in control, having a purpose in life, and a sense of belonging and support”.
Sections in this quality standard comprise:
- List of Quality Statements.
- Quality Statement 1: Participation in Meaningful Activity.
- Quality Statement 2: Personal Identity.
- Quality Statement 3: Recognition of Mental Health Conditions.
- Quality Statement 4: Recognition of Sensory Impairment.
- Quality Statement 5: Recognition of Physical Problems.
- Quality Statement 6: Access to Healthcare Services.
- Using the Quality Standard.
- Diversity, Equality and Language.
- Development Sources.
- Related NICE Quality Standards.
- Quality Standards Advisory Committee and NICE Project Team.
Mental wellbeing of older people in care homes (QS50). London [Online]: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), December 2013.