Posted by: encinoinhomecare | January 16, 2013

Depression & Companionship for Elderly & Seniors

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It’s unfortunate that many Elderly individuals are so embarrassed or ashamed of letting loved ones know that they have depression.  Depression is a real medical illness, not just a passing phase, as many individuals may think.  According to an article titled Depression in the Elderly, “Brain imaging studies have shown that in depression the brain circuits responsible for regulating mood, thinking, sleep, appetite, and behavior all fail to work properly.”  It’s not only emotional, but affects every aspect of the depressed individual’s life and can be fatal.  There are countless reasons why so many Elderly individuals suffer from depression.  Current medication may create chemical imbalances in the brain that cause depression, declining health or mobility from current medical illnesses cause depression, difficult life events such as loss of loved ones, living alone and being socially isolated – the list goes on.

At A-1 Home Care, we understand that your busy schedule or far distance from your loved one may not allow you to visit as often as you’d like.  We provide compassionate and qualified caregivers, nurse aides, and companions for Companion Services on a 24 hour live-in basis or hourly part-time basis.  Our companions can help your loved one get through each day with engaging conversation and participation in your loved one’s favorite hobbies and activities.

A-1 Home Care is a Licensed Bonded and Insured non-medical homecare agency that has been in business since 1991, has an A+ Rating from the Better Business Bureau, and Shield Accreditation.  We specialize in Elder Care services such as Alzheimer’s Care, Arthritis Care, Diabetic Care, and Cancer Care in the communities of Encino, Canoga Park, Tarzana, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Northridge, Thousand Oaks, Santa Monica, Hollywood, and others in Los Angeles County.

To interview and hire a compassionate caregiver in your area, CALL us at 310-657-8780 for a FREE in-home assessment.

For more information, visit us at Encino In Home Care

Read our Care At Home article for advice on interviewing potential caregiver candidates. 


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