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Depression and Caregiving: Take Steps to Break the Cycle

Complete Care At Home, the Summerland senior care experts, understands that it’s an incredible honor to care for family we love. Family caregivers encounter a closeness and connection with those in their care that usually far outweighs the down sides. Yet unfortunately there are difficulties. A perpetual to-do list to ensure the senior loved one you’re providing care for is as happy and healthy as possible. Household chores and errands to manage. Job obligations. The requirements of other relatives and friends. And don’t forget self-care.

The end result is an often daunting quantity of stress, that when left unchecked, can very quickly transform into caregiver burnout, or worse. Because depression and caregiving often go hand in hand, keep an eye out for any of these signs:

  • Thoughts of frustration, unhappiness, despair, anxiety
  • Trouble with falling or remaining asleep during the night
  • Lack of interest in formerly-enjoyed activities
  • Eating significantly more or less than normal
  • Delayed thinking
  • And if left untreated, suicidal thoughts and even attempts at suicide

This short online evaluation can help you determine whether you may be suffering from depression.

Fortunately, there are some easy steps you’ll be able to take to lower your potential for falling into depression:

  • To start, make an appointment with the doctor for assistance
  • Refrain from isolating yourself and ensure an abundance of chances for socialization away from your caregiving relationship
  • Remain active, both physically and mentally, with activities you love: swimming, playing a sport, reading, volunteering with a cause that’s important to you personally

Although it can be challenging for family caregivers to carve out the time required for self-care, it’s vital to the wellbeing of both the caregivers themselves as well as the seniors in their care. And many times, family caregivers feel as though they need to do it all by themselves – after all, they know the senior much better than anyone else, and sometimes it just seems easier to manage things on one’s own.

An overstressed, burned out, or depressed caregiver should have trustworthy, reliable support – and the best news is, it is easily obtainable! An expert, in-home caregiver can offer as much or as little caregiving support as necessary. Perhaps, for example, you prefer to continue to cook all the meals – but would love some help with cleaning up the kitchen afterwards. Or possibly your parent would feel more at ease with an experienced caregiver providing help with personal care needs, such as bathing and using the restroom.

At Complete Care at Home, we know how complicated life can become for family caregivers, and we work with families to develop a strategy of care that meets each person’s individual desires and needs. Let us assist with trustworthy, professional respite care. Break the cycle of depression and caregiving; give us a call at (805) 727-3445 any time or contact us online for additional information from our expert Summerland senior care team. Click here to view our full service area.

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