Mental health can affect cognitive functions, physical health, social well-being, etc. That’s why it is important to be mindful of a patient’s mental health while under LTC.
A Patient’s mental health can determine their thinking, feeling, acting, and decision-making skills. It can also be imperative to a patient’s quality of life and overall health. Here is a list of things you can implement in patients’ daily, weekly, and monthly care.
Regular Exercise: Keeping patients active is not only healthy physically but also mentally. It can be a 30-minute walk a day; the exercise doesn’t have to elaborate, but being active is key.
Eating Healthy and Staying Hydrated: Keeping away from an ultra-processed diet can increase cognitive functions and keep the brain engaged. Water is imperative for the body, and avoiding or limiting caffeinated beverages such as soſt drinks or coffee can improve overall mental health.
Set Goals: Setting goals can be good for productivity throughout the week. It can also be a good way to help patients keep track of their schedules so they feel in control.
Focus on Positivity: Give your patients your full attention and celebrate the little things. This can create positive change in the way a patient thinks.
Stay Connected: It’s important your patients don’t feel cut off. Implementing family and friends time or taking an extra 5 minutes to speak with someone can go a long way.
“It’s important to remember that mental health problems aren’t fixed in a day. But, staying consistent and positive can help patients and their overall quality of life” – Joe Kubulak, Chief Operating Officer at SpecialtyRx.