Families and caregivers of many elderly people have realized that a comforting environment such as their own homes is the ideal care system for seniors. Taking into account that elderly people can stay in their houses which constitutes comforts and familiarity for them, plus they will be under the care of friends, family and caregivers. This kind of care system includes running errands, supervising a healthy diet and daily grooming according to the requirements of their families.

So with our caregivers being a companion to the elderly person the chances for him or her to be affected by depression decreases enormously. As opposed to care institutions which can actually increase the chances of suffering from depression. So the question is, are elderly people in risk of depression when put through an unfamiliar environment?

One should be aware of the things that can trigger depression. One of these factors is to cut down the patient’s mobility or intellectual processes. All the medical issues that can affect one of the spouses, either a health problem or death can set off depression. Our caregivers can identify the early signs of depression in order to prevent futures consequences.

Apart from being aware of the signs of depression affecting seniors, it is of a great importance to know the steps to follow to minimize the chances of suffering from depression, which consist of:

  • Our caregivers will help your loved one by daily grooming him or her, he or she will have a healthy diet, the intake of their medication will be supervised, and any illness they might have will be under control. The assistance provided by our caregivers will diminish the chances of our patients from suffering from depression.
  • Making sure seniors have a balance diet is also part of the process of reducing the chances of suffering from depression. This includes an adequate intake of fruits, vegetable and whole grains. On the other hand, a diet high in sugar and processed food will have the opposite effects of having a balance diet.
  • Being more in touch with the community can help to avoid depression in elderly people. Our caregivers will attend local events which will allow seniors to participate of their activities.
  • Being an active participant of the communities they live in by volunteering twice a week will give elderly people a sense of responsibility and will also motivate them to go out and be part of something.

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