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Develop and use a care plan and evaluate its use.Focus on people’s needs.Educate and counsel staff and families, where appropriate, to helpthem understand older people’s need to express intimacy andsexuality.
Establish a process for discussion so staff can voice concerns aboutclose relationships among those in their care.Provide opportunities for families concerned about individualintimacy and sexuality to discuss their feelings.Strategies for staff training and awarenessRun a staff workshop on sexuality.Include intimacy and sexuality as topics for staff orientation andcontinuing education programs.Develop procedures for difficult incidents involving sexualexpression.Accept such incidents can be complex and may have no easyanswers.Use a case example of a real sexual incident to help staff exploretheir feelings.Encourage staff to voice their anxieties and discuss ideas andattitudes to reduce stress and respond reflectively.Encourage supervisory relationships open to issues of older people’ssexual needs.Q17.Would medical treatment of mental illness necessarily givepositive outcomes for a client? Explain your answer.Many people diagnosed with mental illness achieve strength andrecovery through participating in individual or group treatment. Thereare many different treatment options available. There is no treatmentthat works for everyone – individuals can chose the treatment, orcombination of treatments, that works best.Yes, some people are helped by taking medication for awhile; othersmay need it on an ongoing basis. Medical research shows that manymental illnesses are associated with changes in our brain chemistry.Medications help the brain to restore its usual chemical balance, sothat the symptoms are reduced or even eliminated. Yes, mental illness can be treated. This means that many people whohave a mental illness, and are treated, recover well or even completely.However, because there are many different factors contributing to thedevelopment of each illness, it can sometimes be difficult to predicthow, when, or to what degree someone is going to get better. Your treatment depends on the type of mental illness you have, itsseverity and what works best for you. In many cases, a combination oftreatments works best.If you have a mild mental illness with well-controlled symptoms,treatment from one health care provider may be sufficient. However,
often a team approach is appropriate to make sure all your psychiatric,medical and social needs are met. This is especially important forsevere mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia.People affected by mental illness may benefit from a range oftreatments. Medical treatment (or referral to other healthservices) can be provided by:A local doctor (general practitioner or GP) – can make anassessment and prepare a Mental Health Plan to help the person gettreatment and support. This may include referral for psychologicaltherapy from an appropriately qualified health professional, whichmay be largely covered by Medicare. A doctor can also provide