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date: 18 September 2019

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This chapter addresses the challenges faced by the international community in planning to satisfy the mental health needs of the long-term care (LTC) population, especially those living in nursing homes. We first discuss international trends in LTC, followed by segments on prevalence rates of mental illness and financial considerations. These first sections set the stage for a discussion of how best to overcome barriers in providing quality mental healthcare in long-term care settings, particularly regarding lack of adequately trained staff and need for mental health screening. Comprehensive person-centred biopsychosocial care must be a guiding framework for true ‘culture change’ that promotes quality of life and personal growth rather than mere survival for our oldest and most frail adults.

Keywords: mental health, quality of life, nursing homes, long-term care

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