Older Adult Mental Health Video Training Series Available

Mental and behavioral health are increasing challenges for many residents of our settings. Tools to equip staff to serve individuals with these challenges and be knowledgeable in de-escalation techniques are valuable. You can better understand older adult mental illness and learn new skills with this free, three-episode video training series funded by a grant from the Stratis Health Building Healthier Communities Program.

The videos are intended to boost confidence when caring for older adults and teach basic skills to prevent and de-escalate mental health crises. They focus on older adult mental health, but the content applies to individuals of all ages who live with mental illness.

Included in the training are:

The three videos also come with printed materials viewers can download and use in their daily work.

More About the Three-Video Series

Video 1—Older adult mental health basics explains common mental illness disorder categories; shares the compelling statistics; addresses the fear and inadequacy many providers and caregivers feel; confronts stigma and derogatory labels; expresses hope and effectiveness of treatment; conveys how care providers and family caregiver can support persons living with mental illness.

Video 2—Mental health crisis prevention & de-escalation describes common behaviors and triggers likely to cause behavioral events; suggests prevention tips to reduce symptoms; demonstrates "right way/wrong way" de-escalation scenarios; shows how to apply new learning after a crisis event.

Video 3—Person-centered care & collaboration explains the importance of personalized mental health care plans; offers creative solutions to help residents and family members achieve their goals; discusses when to consult with outside mental health professionals for assessments and evaluations.

This video series was developed by Superior Health Quality Alliance, a group comprised of eight member organizations – all with long track records of success driving the achievement of Medicare quality improvement goals as a Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO), Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN), or End-Stage Renal Disease Network (ESRD).

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