3 Ways Non Medical Home Care Fights Caregiver Depression
If you’re caring for an aging parent or spouse in Brookfield, Wisconsin, science says you’re probably struggling with depression.
New research by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) indicates that between 40-70% of senior caregivers exhibit signs of depression. Furthermore, up to half of that number meets the diagnostic criteria for major depressive disorder.
According to the ADAA, caregiver depression is characterized by:
- Anxiety in anticipation of upcoming medical treatments for a loved one;
- Anxiety attacks about medication mismanagement or noncompliance with a loved one’s medical regimen;
- Failure to pursue meaningful activities due to feelings of guilt;
- Chronic irritability;
- Exhaustion and severe tiredness;
- Persistent feelings of tension or distress;
- Difficulty concentrating or remembering small details;
- Inability to sleep or repetitive nightmares about a loved one;
- Suicidal thoughts or feelings of worthlessness.
Does any of that sound familiar?
If so, don’t despair: you’re not alone and there’s plenty you can do to prevent caregiver depression.
According to the Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA), more than 34-million Americans are currently in your shoes. And to date, ABC Greater Milwaukee has helped hundreds of caregivers prevent anxiety and depression by making it possible for them to pursue these 3 healthy habits:
- Get some exercise! According to the Mayo Clinic, physical activity is one of the best ways to ease symptoms of anxiety and depression. Not only do you release feel-good endorphins and give your mind a break from care duty, but you get to work out any frustration in a healthy way.
Our non medical home care team makes it easy to find time to exercise. Whenever you’re feeling motivated, our on-call care team can offer you a few hours of respite.
- Set realistic expectations and acknowledge your limits. Stop trying to be superman or superwoman. Be honest about what you can and cannot do. Balancing a full-time career, caring for your aging parent, and raising multiple kids just isn’t a realistic workload. And it’s certainly not sustainable. Sometimes it’s helpful to talk with a healthcare professional to assess exactly what care is needed for your parent, trim away what isn’t, and find ways to fill in the gaps, perhaps with assistive technologies.
Here again, our non medical home care team can help. Beyond the obvious–stepping in to fill the care gaps and ease your workload–we can also draw on our extensive professional network on Wisconsin healthcare resources to put you in touch with a professional. Furthermore, our care consultation, where we discuss your loved one’s needs and begin developing a custom care plan, is a great place to start identifying what kind of help your loved one truly needs in a given day.
- Have respite in place. Don’t wait until you get burned out or overwhelmed to have a backup care plan in place. Look to relatives, companions, and friends you trust, and make time to get out and socialize or enjoy your favorite interests. Of course, if you’re coordinating remote care, or there’s simply nobody else to help, our non medical care team can step in anytime. Knowing you have 24/7 access to highly qualified caregivers offers a profound peace of mind!
Free Non Medical Home Care Consultation in Brookfield, Wisconsin
We’ve only scratched the surface of what we can do to offer you respite and alleviate symptoms of caregiver depression.
Call 262-439-8616 or complete the form on the Always Best Care Greater Milwaukee website to book a free consultation with our team in Brookfield, Wisconsin.