Course Profile

Course Profile: Depression in Older people (1-3 Days)
Feeling 'down' is a common experience and Clinical Depression can be devastating for the person concerned as well as those involved with them. Depression ignored can be extremely high risk and a 'pull yourself together' attitude is most unhelpful. Older People's Depression is often fobbed off as 'just part of being old'; this resulting in inappropriate support being offered or indeed, the person being neglected.
This course aims to provide an overview of the different types of Depression, why people get depressed, the progress of the condition and risks involved. There will be a specific focus of Depression in later life. Participants will reflect on the support needs of the person as well as medical and other interventions.
The course is informed by material from DSM(IV), AGE UK, Dignity Campaign, MHF. The course supports the Social Care Commitment and is set in the context of The Care Act 2014 (promoting health and wellbeing).
The course provides some knowledge for
NHS KSF:  HWB 1.2
Care certificate: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13.2
QCF: HSC026, CMH302
The course is designed for Health & Social Care staff working with people in all settings. The course would also be suitable to managers without previous training. The course will help organisations meet the CQC Fundamental Standards.
Learning outcomes

By the end of the course learners should understand:
  • What the difference is between feeling ‘down’ and being ‘Clinically Depressed’
  • Who gets depressed
  • Why people get Depressed: The Medical model - and other views
  • An overview of different types of Depression including Reactive and Endogenous Depressions
  • The signs and symptoms
  • Treatment and support available
  • Getting older-specific related factors that may contribute to Depression
  • How Depression can impact on the individual and those around them
  • How Depression can be confused with other psychological and medical conditions
  • What we can do in a social context to support people   
  • How not to collude with withdrawal and lowered motivation     
  • The need to resist getting heavy handed
  • How to gently encourage activity and preservation of skills, interests, relationships etc.         
  • Helping the person to maintain their dignity
  • The risks involved and the need to work with risk
  • The limitations of our role and the need for us to work cooperatively with other disciplines
  • Depression and Dementia
  • Guidelines and good practice
Training methods utilised include: Tutor presentations, Group work, Feedback, Role play, PowerPoint, Chalk & talk, Handouts