In-Home Depression Care In the safety and security of your home
If depression has disrupted your quality of life or the life of someone you love, FCP Live-In can provide valuable caregiving services while you cope with this serious medical condition. For more than two decades, FCP Live-In has provided a unique and personalized approach to live-in care that has helped older adults remain independent in the comfort and security of their homes. Our compassionate caregivers focus on the safety and well-being of our clients while providing comprehensive services that include:
Personal Care and Safe Living
- Assistance with bathing, grooming, dressing, feeding
- Assistance with toileting, incontinence care, making safe trips to the bathroom at night
- Medication reminders
- Accompanying to doctor appointments
- Assistance with mobility (walking, positioning, transferring)
Light Housekeeping Services
- Grocery shopping, running errands
- Meal preparation
- Light dusting, vacuuming, washing floors
- Making and changing beds
- Engaging in meaningful conversations
- Encouraging exercise and other recreational activities directed by the health care provider
Our dedicated team of caregivers and our 24-hour professional support operations system have helped FCP Live-In become a leading in-home care agency. To learn more about FCP Live-In and our Depression Care, call us at 1 (866) 559-9492.
Facts About Depression
Depression is a medical condition that affects how a person feels, act and think. The illness consistently places a person in a dark mood and causes such feelings as helplessness, hopelessness, and anger.
People in the throes of depression often say that others do not understand the anguish caused by the condition. Family or friends tell them to “shake it off” or “get over it.” Medical and behavioral specialists, however, say depression is not something that people can just “get over” as they would “get over” a common cold.
Depression is a true medical condition just as hypertension and heart disease. Once diagnosed, depression can be treated with medication, psychotherapy, and other treatment options.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), depression symptoms are difficult to recognize in the elderly because they are similar to symptoms of other illnesses common to older adults. For example, confusion and isolation are symptoms of depression but are also symptoms of dementia. A physical examination will help determine whether an older adult is suffering from depression or a medical condition.
To further complicate matters, a chronic physical illness—as well as the medication taken for the illness—can bring on depression, according to NAMI.
In addition to a medical condition, the National Institute on Aging says that other factors contribute to the mood disorder in older adults such as:
- Genetic history
- Episodes of depression at a younger age
- Brain chemistry
- Life stresses (death of a loved one, moving out a family home)
Depression can become so severe that older adults—especially those with other medical conditions—can not care for themselves. At FCP Live-In, our caregivers understand the needs of seniors who suffer from depression. We provide comprehensive caregiving services so they can focus on getting treatment for this condition.
Link to NAMI: https://www.ncoa.org/wp-content/uploads/Depression_Older_Persons_FactSheet_2009.pdf
Link to National Institute on Aging: https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/depression-and-older-adults
Seniors with Depression Need Support
Since depression can last from months to years, emotional support from family and friends is just as essential for seniors as receiving treatment.
Older adults need care as they battle such problems as:
- Feelings of helplessness
- Sleeping difficulties
- Difficulty concentrating
- Difficulty carrying out daily tasks
- Loss of interest in activities that they once enjoyed
- Loss of appetite or overeating
- Excessive fatigue
Depression can worsen, particularly when older adults experience the death of a spouse, a move out of a family home, or other issues.
Having FCP Live-In’s caregivers help with routine tasks, personal care and companionship will go a long way in helping older adults improve their quality of life.
Depression Can Lead to Suicide
Of the estimated 39 million people in the United States aged 65 years and older, approximately 7 million suffer from depression, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Sadly, depression in older adults is a major risk factor for suicide. What’s more, NAMI reports that those who have committed suicide sought help prior to their death. According to NAMI:
- 20 percent see a doctor on the day they died
- 40 percent see a doctor the week they died
- 70 percent see a doctor the month they died
The figures clearly show that depression is often missed.
Depression among older adults is not just a problem in the United States. The World Health Organization reports that over 20 percent of adults over 60 years old are affected by a mental or neurological disorder. The most common of these disorders are dementia which affects 5 percent of the population, and depression which affects 7 percent of the population.
Older adults with depression and other disorders find it burdensome to deal with their medical conditions while taking care of themselves and their daily responsibilities. If you or someone you love suffer from depression and cannot carry out your normal routines, turn to FCP Live-In.
Our agency can provide affordable, in-home care to help you or your loved one live independently and successfully at home.
About FCP Live-In and Our Depression Care, Caregiver Services
We have provided the ultimate solution for assisted Depression Care services since 1997. Our live-in Depression Care services agency is committed to providing a unique and customized In-Home Depression Care services approach to senior care with the goal of a lifestyle that provides enjoyment for the one in care, and families with peace of mind.
FCP Live-In is a Live-In Home Care company with over two decades of experience specializing in elderly care needs within the home. Our live-in caregiver staff provides an insurance policy of safe and supportive care, along with a 24/7 professional support system that is there for the client and the live-in caregiver at all times.
For more information about our Depression Care services, contact FCP Live-In today at 1 (866) 559-9492 or please fill out the form below.
LINK: CDC Link: https://www.cdc.gov/aging/pdf/cib_mental_health.pdf
LINK: NAMI Link: https://www.ncoa.org/wp-content/uploads/Depression_Older_Persons_FactSheet_2009.pdf
LINK: World Health Organization Link: https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/mental-health-of-older-adults
FCP Live-In Testimonials
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– Michael K. (Son) – Chicopee, MA
– Larry K. (Son) – Quincy, MA