I’ve just finished seeing nearly every resident on my caseload at a nearby nursing home. Honestly, it was a very emotionally draining day.
It’s no easy feat to meet with multiple residents who are severely depressed, especially when you struggle with symptoms of depression yourself. Quite understandably, these residents find themselves extra depressed around the holidays.
I try my best to validate how these residents are currently feeling. I also search for whatever still remains within their control, given the overwhelming number of losses that many of them have encountered.
The vast majority of the residents whom I see are painfully lonely. Over my many years of providing psychological services for the elderly, I’ve noticed a distinct pattern: residents’ families are either ultra-devoted, or they are terribly neglectful. There really doesn’t appear to be any response between these two extremes.