What Can You Do for a Senior Battling Depression?

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Your senior may be closer to developing depression than you realize, for so many reasons. There’s a lot of loss involved in aging and that can manifest as depression. There are other contributing factors, too, such as medical conditions and even side effects from medications that she’s already taking. But what can you do if your senior is fighting depression?

Home Care Macungie PA - What Can You Do for a Senior Battling Depression?

Home Care Macungie PA – What Can You Do for a Senior Battling Depression?

Talk to Her Doctor about What She’s Experiencing

Your senior’s doctor is the best place to start if you either suspect or know that she’s battling depression. She may have health issues that are contributing to her depression, or medications she’s taking for existing health issues can be making her depression worse. Once medical causes are ruled out, her doctor can help you both to try other answers.

Staying as Independent as Possible Can Help Her

Believe it or not, as your senior loses independence, depression is more likely to become a problem for her. If she’s able to maintain as much independence as possible, that can help her to feel more empowered and therefore help to balance out the losses she is experiencing. One way you can help her to stay more independent is to get help for her, ironically enough. Home care providers are able to help your senior just enough and just when she needs the help the most.

Knowing You’re There for Her Is Helpful

Having your emotional support can do so much for your senior. Just knowing that you’re there for her, no matter what she’s going through, is invaluable. Even if you’re a long-distance caregiver, know that hearing from you and having you listen to her can be incredibly helpful. Your senior can feel forgotten by the rest of the world, which can definitely contribute to depression. Knowing that you care can undo a lot of those feelings.

You Need to Focus on Yourself Some, Too

Even though you’re trying to help your senior to battle her depression, you need to be taking care of yourself, too. When you neglect yourself, that affects your senior, sometimes in subtle ways that you would never expect. Taking care of your emotional needs helps her to do the same for hers.

If your elderly family member is susceptible to depression, make sure that you know the signs so that you can help her to take action. Talk to her doctor right away to get her the help that she needs.

If you or a loved one are in need of Home Care Services in Macungie PA or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Extended Family Care of Allentown. Call today at (610) 200-6097.
About the author: Carole Chiego
Carole Chiego became a member of the Extended Family Care team in January, 2008. Prior to her role as the Administrator of the Allentown office, she was the Area Director of Operations for a home care company in East Orange, New Jersey. Carole’s extensive experience in home care spans over 17 years. Her work ethic and desire to succeed in the industry are evident in her advancement within the field ranging from Scheduling Coordinator to Medical Records Coordinator to Branch Manager and finally to Administrator and Area Director. She believes assuming these roles has made her a more effective manager. Carole gained most of her formal managerial training by attending Pennsylvania State University in pursuit of her degree in Health Policy and Administration. She attributes her informal training to have been acquired on a more personal level. Carole understands first-hand what families may experience when allowing a home care provider access to their home while providing care to their loved one. She was a caregiver for two of her grandparents until their passing and believes in the importance of allowing family members the opportunity to remain in the comfort of home if they so desire. Carole is also the mother of a child with multiple medical conditions who requires nursing services in the home. It is because of her personal experiences that Carole understands first-hand how important it is to manage a quality, high-integrity home care agency in which clients and families can place their trust and be confident they are receiving the best care possible. Carole also believes in the importance of giving back to the community. Therefore, she volunteers and spear-heads fundraising activities for a variety of charitable and professional organizations, namely the Pennsylvania Home Care Association, Autism Speaks and Avengers Baseball, Inc. Carole, a resident of Lehigh County, is married and has 2 children. In her free time, she is the “team mom” for her son’s tournament baseball team, enjoys cooking, spending time with her family and friends, and is an avid NY Giants, NY Yankees and Penn State football fan. Carol is a verified Google Author