my responsibilities

As a psychologist, I intervene in the development of action strategies that help manage emotional complications (mourning, loss of skills, stress due to changes in life, roles, etc.) and/or behavioral ones resulting from pathological aging (such as dementias). ), psychological disorders (such as depression, alcoholism, obsessive-compulsive disorder, etc.) or any psychiatric disorder suffered by the older person.

Part of my daily tasks are the following:

  • Neuropsychological assessment, treatment and follow-up to establish the basic cognitive level, preventing or slowing down a possible cognitive deterioration.
  • Assessment, treatment and monitoring of the affective state: duels, healthy habits, anxious or depressive symptoms, loss of autonomy, apathy...
  • The review of the Care Plans gives rise to weekly meetings by the Interdisciplinary Team. From each department (medicine, nursing, psychology, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, etc.) the evolution of the resident is exposed based on the objectives set and according to the results, new general objectives are adapted or proposed until their next review. In this process, I mark the lines of action in the individualized care program for each resident, emphasizing the emotional, behavioral and cognitive aspects.
  • Collaboration between professionals is not limited to formal meetings but is continuous. For example, when I organize training actions for other professionals in the management of techniques and strategies to solve difficult situations: behavioral disorders, situations of great emotional impact, grieving processes, etc. Likewise, our professionals plan common actions or activities whose purpose is to promote the well-being of the elderly person.
  • Advice and continuous attention to the families of the residents: In addition to ensuring the health and well-being of the elderly, another important area of the day to day of my work in the residence, is the attention to families.
  • Throughout the admission process, I advise their relatives, accompany them and help them accept the change of roles, work on feelings of guilt, manage grieving processes, stress, etc.