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that is community based inside the client's home. This intervention would be more convenient for those clients who have trouble leaving the house due to illness or transportation. This intervention focuses on teaching the client the skills needed to make life changes. It has a team based approach, aims to improve the quality of life of their clients and is specifically created and focuses on older clients and those who have depression. It uses multiple models to combat depression in older adults, educates clients, develops collaborative goal setting and plans courses of actions between me and my client The PEARLS program would also teach problem solving skills to clients. The PEARLS intervention also teaches clients how to use social and physical activities and activity scheduling as a way to combat depressive symptoms. I would choose this intervention with my older clients because it would be easier for them if I would come in their homes to help them, versus having them drive to me or meet at an agency to get the help they need. Some older clients may feel ashamed of getting help, so this makes it more private if I was to visit them inside their homes to do the treatment. I also think it would be good to get the older clients active in their communities, so they can become more active and be less isolated if they don’t have any family or close friends to see them on a day to day basis to provide emotional or mental support for them. This intervention would help my older clients socialize more and prevent them from feeling isolated inside their communities. I would help my older clients by reaching out to their local community center to set up activities that they would enjoy, like bingo or bird watching, or other activities and sign them up with other older adults, in order to socialize and meet new people who are also in need of socialization and companionship, in order to get group support while my client battles depression. It would also be beneficial for my client to
DEPRESSION 10attend a support group with their peers, if my client is able to attend support meetings with others. Intervention Measurement I could measure the intervention by how often my client attends activities, and social gatherings inside their communities. I can send out surveys or complete over the phone interviews to see whether my clients are utilizing the program and services I provided and measure whether they are satisfied or dissatisfied with the assistance. If client X attends all sessions in the home and also attends community activities and social events at her local YMCA, it shows that I had succeeded in helping her overcome her depression because she is getting out there and staying active mentally and physically. If client Y keeps cancelling his sessions and makes up excuses of why he cannot attend social gatherings or activities, I would have to re-evaluate his situation to see what other interventions I could apply to his situaiton, because it looks like its not working out for this client in particular. I would do a follow up call and re-