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Assessment of Mood and Behavioral Disorders in Home Care

presented by Kim Bennett Murray, LSW and Nate Murray, MSSW, LICSW

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Financial: Kim Bennett Murray receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Nate Murray is a shareholder in MBC Senior Services. Inc and receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Kim Bennett and Nate Murray has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Video Runtime: 34 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 21 Minutes

This course provides home care clinicians information about the differences in mood disorders and how to identify patients who are at risk. Participants will learn how to incorporate standard diagnostic tools and enhance their skills so that they can better help patients struggling with depression and anxiety.

Meet Your Instructors

Kim Bennett Murray, LSW

Kim Bennett Murray is the director of social work at Harbor House, a Bane Care skilled nursing and rehab facility in Hingham, Massachusetts. Prior to that, she served as the director of clinical and client services at the Visiting Angels of the South Shore, a private duty home care agency, for 17 years. Receiving her…

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Nate Murray, MSSW, LICSW

Nate Murray is president and managing partner of Visiting Angels of the South Shore, a private geriatric home care practice serving the South Boston metro area. Since completing his graduate work in 1980 at Columbia University in New York, he has held numerous clinical appointments, including director of social work and nursing home services at…

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1. Understanding the Human Resistance to Change

When working with a patients at home and trying to assess their psychosocial well-being, it’s important to hone your communication skills and meet them where they are—in their “home.” This chapter defines the ecosystems perspective and gives tools on how to approach the complex and sometimes resistant patient.

2. Competency and Capacity

Competency and capacity are sometimes used interchangeably, which can be confusing. When working with adults who can make choices, even bad ones, as professionals we need to be aware of the differences between these concepts and be prepared to respond appropriately to our patients. This chapter explores the definitions and differences and gives tools for working with at-risk adults.

3. Assessment Tools and Resources for Referral

There are many tools that clinical professionals can use to help assess their patients in the home care setting. The use of standardized tools can give you a window into your patients' psychosocial well-being. This chapter reviews those tools and their benefits so you can better understand where your patients are struggling and how to get them help. Clinicians will also learn how to help the caregivers and understand their struggles while they care for their loved ones.

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