Depression & Companionship for Elderly & Seniors

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As an adult child who cares for your Elderly parent, it should be your responsibility to know three things about depression.

1) Elderly individuals may try to hide their sadness because they grew up in a time where depression was viewed as a weakness of character and not a medical illness.

2) If your loved one already has an illness such as Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s, Diabetes, or Cancer, some symptoms such as fatigue, weight loss/gain, social withdrawal, insomnia, and slowed movement are also symptoms of depression.

3) If your loved one takes medication, some of the side effects of medication may cause your loved one to show the symptoms of depression.

Before determining that your loved one has depression, your loved one should get a full physical check-up to find out what the problem may be, and if it is depression, treatment options are highly effective – whether antidepressants or talk therapy.

At A-1 Home Care, we understand that social isolation and living alone may be one of the root causes of your loved one’s depression.  It’s painful when you live alone, don’t have any close social ties, and family is too busy to visit or lives too far away.  We provide compassionate and experienced caregivers, nurse aides, and companions for Companion Services on a 24 hour live-in basis or hourly part-time basis to give your loved one someone to talk to or participate in fun activities with.

A-1 Home Care is a Licensed Bonded and Insured non-medical homecare agency that has been in business since 1991 with an A+ Rating from the Better Business Bureau and Shield Accreditation.  We specialize in Elder Care services such as Alzheimer’s Care, Arthritis Care, Parkinson’s Care, and Cancer Care in the communities of Downey, Whittier, Norwalk, La Mirada, Cerritos, Lakewood, Seal Beach, Yorba Linda, Garden Grove, Los Alamitos, and others in Los Angeles County and Orange County.

To hire a compatible caregiver in your area, CALL us at 562-929-8400 for a FREE in-home assessment. 

For more information, visit us at Downey In Home Care

For helpful advice on what to ask potential caregivers, read our Care At Home article. 

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