Signs That Your Senior Might Benefit From Therapy

Signs That Your Senior Might Benefit From Therapy
If you are caring for a senior loved one at home, you probably experience all of their changes in mood and can tell when they are having good days and bad days just by saying hello. 

There are many types of therapy that a person can receive, and you might be wondering if your senior parent or loved one receiving elderly care is a good candidate for counseling or therapy of some kind.

They are grieving

If your senior parent or loved one has experienced the loss of a loved one and are going through the difficult process of grief, this is a great time to encourage them to see a counselor or therapist. Trained professionals will know what to do and say to your parent and how to help them recognize that their feelings are valid, as well as equip them with coping skills that they can incorporate into their elderly care routine at home. 

They will also be good at detecting the signs of depression which can happen as a result of a devastating loss like the death of a spouse. 

Encourage your senior to be open about their feelings and tell them that there is no shame in talking to someone when their feelings cannot seem to be contained or controlled. 

They are depressed

If your senior has been diagnosed as being depressed by a doctor, therapy is something that can be done along side any other treatment or medication that they might be on.
It may help to talk to someone who can relate to the way that they are feeling and motivate them to get up, get dressed, and get out of the house to have a session with a trusted and trained professional. 

They are lonely

If your senior parent or loved one talks about being lonely or feels isolated, or desires companionship or conversation, therapy might be a good way for them to get all of those things and more. 

They have trouble with change

If your senior has experienced change recently, such as the loss of a job, a move, a natural disaster, or other unexpected issue, talking to a counselor or therapist might help them, especially of change is especially hard for them. 

They have new health issues

If your senior has been diagnosed with a serious or complex medical diagnosis and they are struggling to come to terms with the news, therapy can help. Look for a counselor that your senior can be open and honest and comfortable with and encourage them to go for as long as they need to help them work through their feelings. 

Helpful tip: If your senior is feeling nervous or anxious about talking to a new person about issues that are private to them, offer to go with them to the first visit if that might help them to feel more comfortable and get them to give it a try. 

If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Holladay, UT, contact the caring staff at Interim Healthcare. Call today 801-401-3515.?

Author: Michael and Marlena Hawkins, Owners, Interim HealthCare, Salt Lake City, UT 

Interim HealthCare of Salt Lake City has been in business since February 2014, providing in-home personal care and support services that help our elderly and/or disabled neighbors live enriched, safe and independent lives. Our goal is to provide customized care and support services that make it possible for our clients to remain in the comfort of their own homes rather than relocate to an assisted living facility. Interim HealthCare is family owned by Michael and Marlana Hawkins, and is a Veteran Owned Small Business.

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