Depression and Loneliness

One of the questions we get from families often is

“How can I get help for my loved one when they don’t want it?”

1. DON’T DISMISS SYMPTOMS


If your family member or loved one is not eating regularly or loses interest in activities that used to give them pleasure, it could be depression.

2. TALK ABOUT HOW THEY FEEL


CAREGivers can help by recognising the significance of talking by asking how they feel. It is important to hear them out and listen to their emotions. Listening to others offers direct comfort and support.

3. LOOK FOR SUBTLE SIGNS


‘I am not sad or lonely…’ parents don’t want to burden the family. Instead they show signs of distress by wringing their hands excessively, getting agitated or having difficulty sitting still.

4. RECOGNISE DEPRESSION AS AN ILLNESS
People can be so sick with depression that they can’t get out of bed. Avoid making them feel guilty by telling them to get out more or pull themselves together.


5. WE CAN HELP


Ask for support, be it advice on how to make subtle yet significant changes at home or assistance with care at home.

Need further advice and support? Call Home Instead Wembley today on 0208 022 4590

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