The role of psychology in residential aged care in Australia is very important. A report produced by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare states that depression symptoms are prevalent among residents of permanent aged care. The report entitled “Depression in Residential Aged Care” was conducted between 2008 and 2012. It reflects that more than 50% of the residents in permanent aged care in June 2012 had depression symptoms based on CSD or Cornell Scale for Depression under the ACFI or Aged Care Funding Instrument.
Almost half of the newly admitted population in residential aged care facility covering 2008 to 2012 had shown depression symptoms. The degree of these symptoms gets worse in each following year all throughout the research period.
Of all the residents in the aged care facility, about 60% who had depression symptoms, had verified clinical diagnosis or were seeking diagnosis. A higher percentage of women at 69% have confirmed diagnosis of depression or seeking diagnosis compared to the men at 64%.