May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Many of today’s older adults grew up during a time when mental health issues were not as well understood as they are today. Now we understand that mental health and physical health are equally important to our well-being. According to the CDC, it is estimated that 20% of people age 55 years or older experience some type of mental health concern. Even though older adults may experience mental health issues, they are less likely than younger adults to receive treatment for them.
As professionals in Phoenix home care, we can help assist in your loved one’s quality of life and understand the warning signs of a mental health concern. Here are two ways a home caregiver can help when it comes to seniors’ mental health.
Address Concerns When We See Them
Feelings of sadness, anxiety, worry, irritability, or sleep problems are common for most people. However, when these feelings get very intense, last for a long period of time, and begin to interfere with relationships or day-to-day life, it may be a sign of a true mental health problem. Our Phoenix home care providers understand warning signs of when someone might be suffering and if they need additional resources.
Have an Open Conversation About Mental Health
When most people think of home health care, they most often imagine only physical injuries or illnesses. However, mental health is an important part of our overall health and can directly affect our well-being. Additionally, many people who have mental health conditions think their signs and symptoms are a normal part of life. That is why it is vital for our home caregivers to have open conversations about mental health with our clients. We want them to know that we are there to provide support for all aspects of their well-being and that they are not alone.
When it comes to your loved one, you want to choose the best-fitting home care service for their individual needs. Here at Cypress HomeCare Solutions, we want what’s best for your loved one as well. Contact us today to learn all about us, or reach out to receive your free in-home assessment for Phoenix home care.
Posted May 30, 2023