Home Care Blog | May 26, 2017
Maintain Senior Mental Health | Depression and loneliness can have a dramatic impact on seniors who live alone. Maybe they struggle to complete the tasks required for maintaining a safe and clean household, or they can no longer bath and dress independently. A Comfort Keeper in home caregiver can help provide personalized care services.
The rates of depression among seniors is staggering. Even though there is evidence that seniors who remain in their own homes tend to be physically healthier than their peers residing in a nursing home or assisted living facility, living alone can contribute to depression. Other factors like chronic illness, isolation, and loneliness can also make depression worse for seniors. Most experts say that half or more of all seniors are at risk for developing depression.
Care services from an experienced caregiver can help eliminate the symptoms of depression. Having an in home caregiver available to help with personal care services, light housekeeping and transportation will keep your senior loved one connected to the world. Seniors are much more likely to eat a healthy meal when they have a caregiver to help them cook and share their meal. No one likes eating alone day after day. Many seniors don’t eat adequate meals because they don’t want to cook for solely for themselves. A caregiver will make cooking and mealtimes fun.
Eating healthy meals is a good way to combat depression, but your senior loved one also needs to participate in social events and get out into the community in order to help fight depression. A home health aide can make that easier. Home health aides can provide and arrange for safe transportation for seniors so they can go visit with friends, attend local events or just go shopping and run errands. If your senior loved one has trouble getting around because of arthritis or an illness, a dedicated caregiver can also assist them so that they can comfortably and safely leave the house for activities.
Exercise is also a great way to fight the symptoms of depression, but often seniors don’t want to exercise alone. Caregivers can encourage your senior loved one to be more active by going on walks with them, or arranging for them to get to the pool for swimming classes. Even getting into the yard for some gardening can help. Talk with one of our senior care staff members today to find out how care services can help your loved one fight depression.
If you are concerned about the safety of your aging loved ones, especially in regard to fire, we can help. While it’s important to rely on the expertise of licensed professionals for certain precautions, we can provide home safety assessments and ensure your loved ones’ environment is safe.