Seniors at a long-term care home like Lydia Healthcare face challenges including separation from loved ones, a new environment, mobility issues, pain, and a poor quality of life, all of which may lead to feelings of worry and despair. Through exercises and diet, this population will get a lot of benefits that will help them overcome their mental problems. The implementation of the activities takes 6 weeks period. The first stage of preparation, evaluation and development of the program covers the first week and the remaining 5 weeks are for implementation of the activities. This will help document a 5% reduction of mental health and psychological conditions in the 6 weeks of mental health management in Lydia’s long-term healthcare facility.


Strategic Planning Tool

Instructions: Revisit your strategic plan under development in Discussion 1.2. Use this tool to document your updated strategic plan to guide the planned change capstone process. Be sure to cite and reference your sources according to APA format, using the last page for your reference list.



Statement of Need or Statement of Problem to Be Addressed


The seniors in the long-term care facility like Lydia Healthcare experience the challenge of being away from family, change of environment, mobility problems, pain, and low quality of life that trigger anxiety and depression. Long-term care facilities focus on treating the patient’s conditions, and limited interventions are directed toward their mental health. It is more detrimental to their mental health if the problem is not addressed, which might contribute to an extended hospitalization for mental illness.

Background of the Problem

(minimum of three scholarly sources current within the last five years)


Among the primary causes of disability, depression imposes heavy burdens on individuals, families, and communities. It’s anticipated that treating chronic depression will cost twice as much as hypertension and diabetes in terms of direct medical expenses(WHO, 2017). Residents’ health and quality of life are severely compromised when nursing home employees are inadequately trained in mental health interventions because of the high prevalence of depression among the elderly. Care for the elderly Mental health is essential, especially in the long-term facility (Matos Queirós et al., 2021). The residents of a nursing home may be at risk of acquiring depression or for experiencing a worsening of their existing mental health problems. According to studies, half or more of the elderly in long-term care facilities may have clinical depression or exhibit depressive symptoms (Hoben et al., 2019).



Desired outcome of the capstone project Related activities to facilitate the stated outcome Timeline for implementation of stated activities Evaluation plan (corresponding to the stated outcome)

To document a 5% reduction of mental health and psychological conditions in the 6 weeks of mental health management in Lydia’s long-term healthcare facility.



Creating a revised three-check procedure for staff to use during the implementation process and submitting it.


It may help to do some stretches while sitting. The flexibility and health of your joints will improve with these exercises.

Low-impact exercises like walking are great for your heart and joints.


Stick to a diet high in healthy grains, produce, lean protein, and low-fat dairy. Make an effort to eat moderately and watch your portion sizes.


Take in at least five daily servings of fruits or vegetables.


Increasing calcium intake. Milk, cheese, and yogurt are excellent sources of calcium. Bone health and blood pressure are both improved by consuming calcium-rich foods and drinks.

Get the facility’s stamp of approval by September 5, 2022.  

An evaluation will first be conducted by looking through competence sign-offs for the newly introduced in-service training.


The target population (seniors) at Lydia healthcare where the evaluation plan is about measuring the effectiveness of physical activity that correspond to mental health benefits.


Submit a written in-service outlining the revised food and exercise plan for all long-term care residents to management for approval.


September 12th 2022

  Launching the revised food and exercise plan for all long-term care residents to management for approval. September 14th , 2022  

Provision and training the patient to use emergency bracelet for safety purposes.


October 17th , 2022


Ensuring that all long-term care residents adhere to a new diet and activity program. As a result of a comprehensive review of all patient records after the new protocol has been put into place. Individualized instruction for the patients who refuse to conform.


October 26th , 2022









The statement of need does not describe what the problem is at your facility. What measurable trends are a problem that need to be addressed (% of patients reporting sleep problems, symptoms of depression,etc). This must be a numeric value in order to use as a baseline.

Bacdground references are well chosen and well summarized.

Outcome does not have anything to be measured. How will you know there is a 5% reduction?

Activities are written broadly. In order to use in this plan, activities need to be specific (i.e. stretching sessions will be offered 3x/ week Mon-Wed-Fri at 11am).

How will you educate and provide the dietary options described?

In order to revise, you could use an outcome of at least 60% patients participate in at least two exercise sessions each week.  The evaluation would correspond.  A more defined set of activities for how the exercise will be provided and how patients will be educated about options and encouraged to participate daily.

The “evaluation will first be conducted by looking through competence sign- offs for the newly introduced in-service training” is an activity.

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