Approximately six million Americans aged 65 an older suffer from depression, although experts estimate as little as 10 percent receive proper treatment. Despite popular belief, depression is not a part of the normal aging process. Unfortunately, late-life depression is often overlooked or confused with the effects of age-related illnesses. What signs and symptoms of depression should caregivers and loved ones be on the lookout for? How can home care software help?
Family members need to understand the signs of depression so they know what to watch out for. It is also important for professional caregivers to be aware of such signs because they are in contact with the elderly on a daily basis. Caregivers who use home care software such as ClearCare have easy access to each client’s profile, which is helpful in identifying abnormal behaviors that may indicate depression. Agencies that use ClearCare’s home care system also have the ability to match appropriate caregivers with seniors who may be depressed, based on certifications and qualifications. Caregivers and loved ones should watch out for:
If you are concerned about a loved one’s potential for depression, make sure you mention this to your home care agency. The agency will use their home care system to alert caregivers that they should be on the lookout for signs of depression. ClearCare’s exceptional home care system will keep you, the caregiver, and the agency “in the loop” of your loved one’s care. Stay tuned for our upcoming post “3 Ways Home Care Software Helps Manage Senior Depression” for more helpful tips and tricks.
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