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Helping Your Loved One Fight Depression

As the years go by, your elderly family member or friend may experience feelings of depression. Some signs your loved one may be depressed include loss of appetite, unwillingness to take care of themselves, feelings of worthlessness, despair, and sadness, and a lack of motivation. Cardinal Home Health Care will assist you with helping your loved one fight their depression. We provide high-quality, professional home health care in Ontario, California.

  • Sadness vs. Depression
    Knowing the difference between sadness and depression is important. When one is sad, the feeling is typically induced by hardship or a troubling situation. The feeling is circumstantial. When an individual is depressed, there doesn’t have to be a reason behind their negative feelings. Spotting depression in those who are in their golden years may also be different than those who are younger. For those who are older, depression may look like constant complaining and aching joints and a never-ending pain in their body.
  • Hobbies and Activities
    Some hobbies your loved one used to enjoy in the past may not be possible for them to do in their old age, but that shouldn’t stop them from discovering new, fun-filled activities. Help them find something new. Staying busy might just give them the pleasure and joy they are searching for!
  • Quality Time
    Although it is extremely painful and sad, losing people down the road is part of life. If you have an older parent, family member, or friend, don’t let them get lonely; make it a point to spend quality time with them. Visit them in their humble abode and talk to them, invite them out to a meal, or give them a phone call and ask them how they are doing. Reaching out to them, making them feel connected, including them in your life will help them fight feelings of loneliness which oftentimes lead to depression.
  • Diet and Exercise
    Your physical health plays a part in your emotional and mental health. It is easy to neglect your body in your golden years, but do what you can to help your elderly loved one remain in good shape.
    A. Assist your loved one as they go grocery shopping.
    B. Plan and prepare meals for your loved one. Make sure they get plenty of fruits and vegetables in their diet.
    C. Cut out fast food and foods that are sugary and full of sodium.
    D. Encourage your loved one to exercise and exercise with them to prevent them from getting injured.

High-quality skilled nursing services are hard to come by. Finding people who genuinely care about the well-being of the elderly family member or friend you love doesn’t have to be a challenge anymore. With Cardinal Home Health Care, you and your loved one will receive the professional services you deserve. We have nurses and home health aides who are more than willing to step in and take over whenever you need time to rest. Give us a call and receive truly loving and caring assistance from the comfort of your home today.

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