About me

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.

I start my working day by participating in a meeting of the Interdisciplinary Team that is held daily in the residence. All professionals share the events or incidents that may have occurred in the center, we discuss the needs or preferences of users and make decisions or establish appropriate actions or measures according to the agenda.

In this meeting, my role is to listen and share with colleagues the needs or emotional or behavioral disturbances of the residents and then propose possible interventions. Also, we take advantage of this space to explain to each professional the measures or actions that are going to be carried out with the residents and how they can affect their work.

Once the interdisciplinary meeting is over, I begin direct treatment with the elderly residents of the center, developing group or individual therapies.

In the case of autonomous people or people with a higher cognitive level, I program different group psycho-stimulation activities.

I organize residents into small homogeneous groups based on their cognitive status and the specific psychological needs of each person. In group psychostimulation therapies, areas such as orientation, memory, attention, praxis, gnosis, calculation, language, emotions, etc. are worked on. The difficulty of each exercise is adjusted to the capabilities and functional status of each resident. Stimulating the person's cognition is intended to maintain or prevent the loss of their still preserved abilities.

Cognitive therapy is one of the therapies that arouses the greatest interest in our residents. They see each session as a new opportunity to demonstrate their skills and the exercises are presented as new challenges. They exercise their attention, perception, memory, language, orientation, mathematical calculation, reading or psychomotricity. The activities revolve around aspects of their life experience, their families, their youth work, the places where they have lived. Thus, the activity becomes a moment of dignity in their own lives and encourages the exchange of experiences among all participants.

On the other hand, it is common for dependent elderly people to have more difficulties in using their cognitive abilities and, in the advanced stages of dementia, the performance of basic activities of daily life can be greatly altered or impeded.

For this reason, I focus on proposing individual or group sensory stimulation therapies in which different tools are used such as manipulative materials, sensory stimuli, music therapy, etc.

Group therapy “The emotional self-awareness workshop”

The workshop is aimed at anyone who is motivated to participate.

Self-awareness is the ability of human beings to identify their own emotions and the resources they have to manage them, as well as recognize their own moods. The higher level of self-awareness a person has, the greater their ability to identify their emotional states and therefore, the more they can relate them to their behavior.

This activity describes each of the basic emotions according to Paul Ekman (1979): joy, sadness, fear, anger, surprise and disgust. Through reminiscence, the resident is asked to recall an experience from their past in which they experienced the emotion described above. Each resident shares their experiences of emotional origin and expresses how they felt and how they managed them at that time to their colleagues.

The workshop aims to:

• Learn to identify the emotions and available resources of each person through emotional self-awareness.

• Achieve proper management and control of emotions.

• Promote the capacity for empathy and active listening through group emotional expression.

Individual Therapy "Emotive Reaction"

The goal of this therapy is to help people build more rational and constructive beliefs regarding the events that happen in their lives so that they can have healthier emotions and more functional behaviors.

The therapy starts from the idea that emotional disturbances are frequently caused not so much by the environmental situations themselves, but by the interpretation that the person makes of them. To do this, we work on changing the person's irrational thought patterns as they interfere with their normal well-being. Through the discussion or questioning of disturbing irrational beliefs, it is possible to provoke favorable changes in emotions and thanks to this, the resident can self-apply this same procedure in various situations.

To do this, I carry out psychological assessments of the residents and collaborate with the rest of the professionals to facilitate and improve people's quality of life.

In my daily tasks, my mission is to carry out psychological assessments of residents in order to review their Individualized Accompaniment Care Plan. The Care Plan is completely personalized and adapted to each person based on their needs (physical, psychological, emotional), their tastes and preferences. It is reviewed every six months and requires prior preparation by each professional involved in the process.

Psychology professionals in nursing homes focus on assessing the cognitive, emotional and behavioral state of the elderly and on preparing the corresponding reports.

Some examples of my tasks:

  • 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.
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