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Depression in residential aged care 2008–2012

Type:
PDF
Released:
October 2013
Author:
AIHW
Cat. no:
AGE 73
ISBN:
978-1-74249-500-2
Length:
62pp
Cost:
$13
Source:
Depression in residential aged care 2008–2012
Summary

Entry into residential aged care can be a challenging experience and the presence of depression can add to this challenge. This report provides the first in-depth review of available administrative data to explore the prevalence and characteristics of people with symptoms of depression in residential aged care. In 2012, over half (52%) of all permanent residential aged care residents had symptoms of depression. Between 2008 and 2012, residents admitted to care for the first time who had symptoms of depression were more likely to have high care needs, and were more likely to have behaviours which impacted on care needs.

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