Supporting residents of aged care

As part of our commissioned low intensity psychological services, Brisbane North PHN has funded Change Futures to deliver their Caring for Residents of Aged Care program in a range of residential aged care facilities across the North Brisbane and Moreton Bay region.

Caring for Residents of Aged Care places provisional psychologists in residential aged care facilities to provide therapeutic programs for groups and individuals. What started as a small pro-bono program with St Vincent’s Aged Care in Brisbane’s northside has now spread to 17 facilities across the region with funding from Brisbane North PHN. Under the program, provisional psychologists visit aged-care facilities each week to offer individual and group therapy sessions. Referrals for individual therapy usually come from nursing staff.

The program in a nutshell

Name: Caring for Residents of Aged Care Program 
Provider: Change Futures
Service type: Individual and group therapy in residential agedcare facilities
Service duration: Conducted in episodes of five sessions; individual therapy available for up to 10 sessions; group therapy may be ongoing

About Change Futures

Change Futures is a community-based psychology practice providing mental health services in Brisbane North. The service works with people of all ages to help find positive solutions to their emotional and psychological issues. Change Futures places particular emphasis on supporting the next generation of psychologists, and supervises provisional psychologists each year.

Joyce’s story

Joyce lives at St Vincent’s Aged Care in Mitchelton. Her eyesight is poor and she spends much of her time in her room. Even though her son and daughter-in-law visit regularly, she often finds herself feeling lonely. But talking to Phil, a provisional psychologist with Change Futures, has made a world of difference. ‘Phil is good to talk to,’ said Joyce. ‘He spends time with me and listens to me. He’s a very good listener. He was a big help to me recently when my husband died.’