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How Can You Help Your Parent Cope with Depression After a Stroke?

By Hilary and Greg Eldridge

Depression impacts a significant percentage of stroke survivors. The stroke itself can lead to changes in the brain that contribute to depression, but your senior may also experience depression due to the often overwhelming reality of the physical and other cognitive changes they can experience, and the issues they will have to adapt to in their daily life. As a family caregiver, you can make a tremendous difference in your senior's recovery by helping them to cope with their depression. Not only is this important to their quality of life, but it will also help them to stay motivated and focused on their physical recovery moving forward, in a healthier and more fulfilling way.

Some ways you can help your parent cope with depression after a stroke include:

  • Look for ways you can spend quality time together. After your parent experiences a severe medical event, it is normal to only think about their care and what you need to do to help them manage their treatment and follow-up schedule. While this will help them with their recovery, it can diminish their mental and emotional health. Focus on spending quality time together, making memories you can cherish, and continuing it to stay bonded in your parent-child relationship
  • Consider starting home care for your parent. Many elderly adults struggle with not getting enough social activity, and this can be particularly true after a stroke. An in-home senior care services provider can not only help your parent to deal with their recovery, including medication reminders, assistance with activities of daily living, and help with personal care, but can also offer companionship and support that can be instrumental in coping with depression
  • Encourage your loved one to participate in a support group. Many groups exist that are specifically designed for those elderly adults who have suffered a stroke. These support groups offer a place for your parent feel like they are not alone, to socialize and engage with others, to express themselves openly and freely, and to get advice from others who know what they are going through

Your aging loved one is much more than just their health problems and challenges. They are a unique individual and that means they deserve care and support that addresses them from all angles. Home care can give this to them. An in-home senior care services provider can offer a highly personalized set of services designed to help your parent manage their challenges, fulfill their needs, and pursue more independence, while also addressing their mental and emotional health, supporting their activity and engagement, and helping them live their highest quality of life as they age in place. These services can include transportation, meal and snack preparation, assistance with personal care needs, help around the house, mobility support, medication reminders, and more. This helps to relieve your caregiver stress and allows you to focus on the other aspects of your life.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring home care services in Lilburn, GA, please contact the caring staff at Home Helpers, call (678) 430-8511.