When you’re a caregiver, you put another person’s needs ahead of your own. You place yourself in the backseat, so to speak, and that can lead to a number of unintended consequences, or problems that can lead to a lower level of overall care.
It can also lead to health issues of your own, such as anxiety and depression. October is National Depression Education and Awareness Month, so it’s a great time to think about what you can to do alleviate the depression that you may be feeling, being a caregiver. It’s also a good time to think about whether your elderly loved one is also dealing with depression.
The first thing to look for when it comes to depression is whether or not you’re withdrawing from the activities, things, and people that you used to enjoy. If you are, then you may be feeling depressed. Are you having trouble staying focused? Do you feel unmotivated to go out and do anything? Do you find yourself losing your temper more frequently than you might have in the past?
These are all potential signs of depression and they can manifest themselves in a number of different ways within your life. Even though you think you’re doing a great service by being the primary caregiver for your mother or father, for example, you may very well be causing more harm than you realize, not only to yourself but to those around you due to the depression you may be feeling as a result.
In home care providers are professionals that can alleviate this level of stress and the depression that you may feel as a result of trying to be the caregiver. You may think that having a stranger come into your mother’s home is a worse alternative because your mother doesn’t deal well with strangers, especially not when they’re in her home, but these in home care providers have a great deal of experience working with elderly patients, offering the highest level of care for them possible, and helping them to feel relaxed and comfortable as quickly as possible.
This month focuses on depression, so be sure to read more about it, the signs and symptoms of it, and realize that there are things you can do, steps you can take, that can help minimize depression, not only for you, but the ones you care about the most. An in home care provider can be the solution you need to feel better about life, overall.
If you or someone you know needs help with home care in Rockford, MI contact the caregivers at Gauthier Family Home Care. We provide quality and affordable home care for many disabled and elderly loved ones in our community. Call us at (616) 658-2300 for more information.
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