Ninety percent of seniors want to stay in their own homes as they age, often referred to as “aging in place” but the majority cannot accomplish this. Senior home care typically involves services performed in a senior’s home to help them when they are struggling to perform daily tasks, chronically ill, or recovering from surgery. They need reliable caregivers and/or nurses to assist them with activities of daily living to keep them healthy and safe at home.
Senior mental health has its own unique challenges that many of us cannot yet recognize. It’s common for family members to confuse a senior loved one’s symptoms of apathy, depression and anxiety as symptoms of dementia rather than a mental health issue.
While there have been advances in mental health treatment over the last few decades, a stigma still exists around addressing it. Seniors may feel especially reluctant to bring up these issues as they may be dismissed or grouped with other physiological conditions and ignored. What’s worse is that mental health has an impact on physical health and vice versa. Left untreated, depression can cause further damage to a senior’s already declining health.
After receiving a diagnosis from a doctor it is not uncommon for patients to seek out a second opinion on their treatment options to make the best decision. A second opinion is medical advice from another qualified expert in the field. A second doctor’s perspective may provide you with an alternative treatment suggestion, or even allow you to avoid treatment altogether.
Your aging mother or father may not want to listen to your advice or instructions concerning their health, and you may find it difficult to disseminate the guidance to help the parent stay as healthy as possible. Nevertheless, by collaborating with your parent’s primary care physician, you can help ensure that they receive instructive guidance in a manner that they can willingly receive. A parent may not want to listen to your instructions, but like many older people, your loved one may highly respect a physician.
Here are a few tips to get you started:
Caring for someone who is near death is an incredibly difficult experience. When this happens to someone we love, we are in great need of comfort, but we are also keenly aware our loved one needs comfort too. Being able to comfort someone during this time requires an understanding that can be difficult to acquire. It helps to learn about such a person’s perspective. Here are some common themes.