Managing Mental Illness with In Home Care: 10 Warning Signs to Watch For
The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors estimates that 20% of people age 55 or older will experience some type of mental health concern in their lifetime, with anxiety, severe cognitive impairment, and mood disorders being most common.
That’s a scary statistic, but it doesn’t have to be. For those living in Columbus, managing mental illness can be as easy as contacting Always Best Care and building a custom care plan.
But many people simply don’t know which warning signs and risk factors to watch out for, and thus might go years without arranging the in home care or assisted living solutions they need.
To that end, today’s post spotlights mental illness risk factors and warning signs to help you identify when it’s time to book a free consultation with Always Best Care.
Mental Illness Risk Factors For Seniors
Is your loved one living in conditions that make them more likely to experience depression, anxiety, loneliness, or substance abuse?
The Geriatric Mental Health Foundation lists several factors that can increase your loved one’s risk of developing mental illness. They are as follows:
- Alcohol or substance abuse;
- Relocation to an assisted living facility or nursing home;
- Illness or chronic pain;
- Loss of a loved one;
- Medication errors;
- Physical disability;
- Poor diet and malnutrition.
Many of these risk factors, such as illness, chronic pain, and relocation, are unavoidable to the senior population. But that doesn’t mean mental illness is inevitable – you just need to find the right kind of caregivers.
When is In Home Care Needed? Top-10 Warning Signs
At Always Best Care, we understand how to manage risk factors and spot warning signs.
If you notice any of the following behaviors, get in touch with a member of our team in central Ohio to find out how we can help:
- Marked changes in appearance or dress;
- Problems maintaining the home or property;
- Bouts of confusion, disorientation, or noticeable problems with concentration and decision-making;
- Sudden increase or decrease in appetite, as well as any changes in weight;
- Feelings of depression lasting longer than two weeks;
- Inappropriate guilt, feelings of worthlessness, or thoughts of self-harm;
- Memory loss, either in the short-term or long-term;
- Inexplicable physical problems, such as aches or constipation;
- Social withdrawal and loss of interest in previously enjoyable activities;
- Difficulty managing finances or working with numbers.
Managing Mental Illness With Qualified In Home Care
Always Best Care helps seniors manage mental health risk factors with an unparalleled continuum of care programs.
Companionship In Home Care Staff Can:
- make grocery lists, prepare meals, and monitor diet and eating to ensure your loved one never has to deal with the consequences of poor diet and malnutrition;
- reminisce about the past and keep your loved one company to lessen the loss of a loved one;
- accompany your loved one during their relocation, either to a new residence or between appointments;
- monitor daily behavior and drug/alcohol consumption.
Home Helper Services Can:
- provide medication reminders to avoid hazardous errors;
- provide top-level care for chronic pain, illness, and dementia;
- assist with the tasks of everyday living to give your loved one their independence.
You can learn more about our continuum of care for central Ohio’selderly population by visiting https://www.alwaysbestcare.com/oh/westerville/