Continuing To Be Me (C2bMe) is a psychological treatment program for people living in residential aged care facilities in South Western Sydney.
C2BMe enables RACF residents experiencing mental illness to access mental health services like those available in the wider community and previously not routinely available to older people living in RACFs.
It is designed to:
- Provide a comprehensive person-centred model of care.
- Reinforce the person’s identity and purpose.
- Increases connectedness and hope.
- Improve the person’s mental health wellbeing.
- Increase the day-to-day functioning of residents in aged care facilities.
C2bMe is a free service for people who are:
- Residents of a partnered aged care facility, within South Western Sydney.
- Aged 65 years or older, or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 or over, who experience mild to moderate symptoms of common mental health issues.
- Who have consented and are able to participate in the program.
Individuals with co-morbid mental health issues alongside dementia or with a disability will be assessed for eligibility.
Mental health professionals provide short-term therapies through group sessions or individual clinical care to residents of aged care facilities.
An integrated team approach involving GPs, RACF staff, carers and families helps to deliver care needs that are evidence based.
RACF staff are supported through capacity building assistance to help strengthen the ongoing success of the program.
C2[email protected] – support in the comfort of your own home
Continuing to be Me at home” ([email protected]) helps older Australians struggling with mental wellbeing and isolation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and extended lockdowns. The program is delivered to people who need it from the comfort of their own home either face to face or via telehealth. The free [email protected] program aims to make a real difference for the seniors that have been impacted by the pandemic.
How to access C2bMe
Referrals from individuals, relatives and carers are welcome. A GP referral is not necessary. Intake processes are tailored to meet the unique needs of each participating RACF, speak with a staff member at your residence or call the C2bMe team to find out if your residential facility is a partner and how you can obtain treatment.