Poor mental health can affect anybody, no matter their age. While there tends to be a focus on looking after the physical health of older people, the reality is that mental wellbeing is just as important. Sadly, older people are not exempt from mental mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.
Our trusted home care services are here to support emotional and mental wellbeing at home when you need it most. Read on to learn more about homecare in Suffolk, Essex and Greater London and how it can make a huge difference in a person’s overall wellbeing.
Understanding mental health problems in the elderly
As we grow older, navigating physical and mental health problems becomes increasingly important. Unfortunately, however, mental health issues tend to be overlooked in comparison to physical health troubles. Yet mental health conditions can affect a person’s quality of life and wellbeing just as much. According to the World Health Organisation, approximately 15% of adults aged 60 and over, suffer from a mental disorder – which can pave the way for other conditions like Alzheimer’s and dementia. There are a few potential reasons why older people may be more susceptible to mental health issues, including the loss of independence, dwindling social circles, changes in daily activities and fear of death or illness. All of these factors can create feelings of isolation, despair, anger and anxiety which can increase the risk of mental health issues.
Potential signs of mental health concerns
While it isn’t always easy to tell when someone might be struggling with mental illness, some potential signs include:
- being quiet or withdrawn
- emotional outburst
- significant weight or appetite changes
- sleep problems
- lack of care or attention to personal appearance.
How does home care help?
Studies show that home care support can lead to better health outcomes for seniors. Not only does home care provide the practical support needed to live comfortably at home, but it also provides much-needed mental and emotional support. A key reason why home care is so helpful in mitigating mental health issues is that it enables older people to maintain their sense of independence, as well as control and choice over the care they receive without infringing on their freedom. With these factors being a common cause for concern in ageing adults, home care can enhance their quality of life and preserve a sense of self-worth which is crucial to health and mental wellbeing.
We are here for you
Our trusted home care and companionship services are here to help you manage both your physical and mental wellbeing in whatever way we can. Whether it’s chatting over a cup of tea, watching a television programme together, enjoying a day out, or simply listening to your worries as we make dinner, our team of dedicated carers is here to help combat loneliness and isolation with consistent and compassionate companionship. We do our best to match you with carers who we think you’ll get along with based on your interests, personalities and hobbies. Making connections matters. And no one deserves to feel alone, no matter their age.
Get in touch
If you or your loved one could benefit from the companionship or support from our professional carers, we are here to help. If you have any questions or require more information, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team.