While depression and other mental health issues are not a normal part of aging, they can come from the loss of loved ones along with issues facing isolation in their lives and other troubles.
Especially if your loved one faces other chronic illnesses, this can lead to depression and make daily life more difficult. With depression, anxiety, or other mental health troubles, making it through the day alone could be tough. At that point, home care could be the best solution for your loved one.
Your loved one may not be depressed, but with certain troubles or other feelings that overwhelm their daily lives, it could become any sort of mental health issue that leads to further health problems. Sometimes it could simply be a matter of isolation or loneliness that presents the impression of depression. Possibly, when you go to visit a senior loved one, noticing that they have not been keeping up with the house like they used to, or if they are not taking care of themselves as well as they once did, it could be helpful to call on home care to add to social activity in their daily lives. This could just help improve mood and motivation throughout daily life.
Symptoms of Depression or Mental Illness Leading to the Need for Home Care
There is much to determine in the ways that your loved one may have shown their own depression or other mental health troubles to you or others. Any of the signs or symptoms that you may see could indicate a time to see the doctor for a potential diagnosis, though it may not officially be depression but simply some sadness at being alone every day. For these reasons, it could be important to have home care for your loved one, at least some days or for part of the day when they need some social time or physical activity. Some of the symptoms that it could be time to look further into your senior’s mental health include:
- Constant sadness
- Trouble sleeping
- Reduced socialization
- Loss of interest in hobbies or other activities
- Worthlessness or hopelessness
- Appetite changes
- Crying spells
- Trouble with focus or making decisions
While these may not be an immediate need for depression medication or therapy, it could simply mean that home care could help increase social activity in your loved one’s life. Considering the fact that improved mood and emotion can come from interaction with other seniors of the same age, it could help to have a home caregiver who provides transportation to group events and other social activities. Sometimes it could be as easy as having someone around at least during the day to help with things so that your senior doesn’t have to ask, while there is also someone there for your loved one to talk to. Home care can help in so many ways for the improvement of mental health, and if any of these symptoms have started to appear for your senior it may just be time to find someone to step in and provide a little help.
If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring a professional Caregiver in Alabaster, AL, call and talk to the staff at Lipford Home Care (205) 623-5700.
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