Sep 28, 2018 by Ian Bongaardt
Imagine that you stop by to visit Dad and you notice that he won’t talk much, likes to sleep at odd hours, and does not want to eat. That is a scary thought, but it is one that could become a reality. Depression in seniors is prevalent and it is often overlooked, which makes it even scarier. At home care can provide you with the peace of mind that your loved one is being looked after and it can provide your loved one with the care he or she needs throughout the day.
Depression is one of the common mental conditions that seniors face, but it is not considered to be part of the aging process. Depression can happen for a number of reasons from your parent experiencing a loss down to a new medication that they are taking.
If you think that your loved one may be suffering from depression, it is vital that you alert your at home care specialist. He or she will be able to see to it that your parent is accompanied to the doctor and receives the proper care. Once depression has been diagnosed by a trained professional, it can be managed. While medication is sometimes needed, our at home care aides can help your loved one manage depression effectively at home with different social activities and exercise.
Comfort Keepers focuses on your loved one’s health and can provide personal services throughout the day that will alleviate some of the burden or stress they may feel. For example, our team can help with laundry, meal planning, and housekeeping.
If you are interested in at home care in Shawnee Mission for your loved one or you would like to know more about depression in seniors, call Comfort Keepers today.